- Age: 46
- Profession: Executive Vice President, Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Inc.
- Type of Breast Cancer: Stage 2a Breast Cancer
- Number of Years as a Survivor: 14 years
- Relationship to Susan G. Komen: Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Board Vice President, Race for the Cure committee member
My name is Alison and I am a breast cancer survivor. For the last 29 years, breast cancer has heavily impacted my life. At the age of 17, I lost my mom to breast cancer. Then at the age of 32, I was diagnosed with the same horrible disease that took my mom. Luckily for me, it was caught it early stages and after an aggressive treatment plan, I was able to beat it unlike my mom.
This year, I’m celebrating my 14th year as a breast cancer survivor…or better yet “thriver.” I am a perfect example of the saying, “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” Stronger indeed I am…
I used my experience to fuel my passion for the cause. I saw it as an opportunity to create greater awareness and help others in the process. I always enjoyed getting groups together to run/walk in the Komen Race for the Cure® and of course the fundraising. However, about 5 years ago I decided to take my involvement in the Race to the next level. I joined the Race committee and worked behind the scenes to organize the Race and lead the Survivor Procession. I now have a whole new appreciation for what it takes to pull the Race together. It takes countless hours and thousands of people to make it happen.
A few years ago, I was invited to join the Susan G. Komen® Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Board of Directors, which has allowed me to serve my community and make an even greater impact. I’m honored to serve on a Board with wonderful people dedicating their lives to making a difference. The way I see it, as survivors we can either feel sorry for ourselves or stand up and fight. Why not stand up and fight? You never know whose life you will touch.