The story of breast cancer is the story of people - people we've been able to help through our research, community health programs, advocacy and global work - and the people who are trying to end this disease in laboratories around the world, and in our own neighborhoods. Join us here as we continue to share stories that celebrate the women and men who inspire us all.
"My heritage as a Kumeyaay Indian from the Barona Band of Mission Indians fuels my passion for this cause as well. I have met too many women on the reservation who do not understand why it's important for them to get regular screenings and be aware of their bodies."
"We certainly have a lot to celebrate, but when I think that one in eight women will face breast cancer in her lifetime, I worry for my daughter, her friends, my mother and women everywhere. As men, we have to realize that this disease could someday affect the women in our lives." – Manuel Hernandez
As a military man, I'm all too familiar with the hardships of war. But when I had to watch my mom battle breast cancer, I saw what it truly meant to be in the fight of your life.
In 2001, my mother Toddy Yeats was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was living on the Barona Indian Reservation outside of San Diego, CA; I was stationed in Afghanistan, serving as an Army helicopter pilot.