01 Nov Breast Cancer Survivor, Simona, Walks at the Race for the Cure in Honor of Herself and Her Mom –10 Years Strong
Simona Santopietro, age 45, is a breast cancer survivor. She celebrated 10 years of survivorship this September and is thankful to her friends and loved ones who have supported her throughout this journey. In honor of herself and her mom, she is participating in this year’s Race for the Cure and looking forward to walking with her team, the R.D.S Warriors. Simona and the R.D.S. Warriors are also top fundraisers and have raised $3,350 for women and men in San Diego who are battling breast cancer and are in need of support. Thank you!
Simona Santopietro’s Journey
In August 2007, at the age of 35, Simona went to her doctor’s for a routine checkup. She did not have a lump, but she had a dimple in her right breast. After seeing a breast specialist and getting an MRI she was diagnosed with stage 2 lobular carcinoma,“It spread everywhere in my breasts like a spider web,” said Simona. At the time of her double mastectomy, her son was only 1 ½ years old, so she postponed her reconstructive surgery to live and spend as much time as possible with him.
With the amazing support of her husband, brother, family, and friends she was able to beat breast cancer and continue living a happy life next to her loved ones. Five years ago, her mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer, and thankfully she too is a survivor. Simona is happy to share her journey with others who are battling breast cancer and wants to emphasize the beauty of being a Breast Cancer Survivor!
“I raise money and tell my story because I am an African American woman who needs to show how beautiful you can be after beating this disease”
Thanks to courageous fighters like Simona, the Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure was able to raise $1.2 million in 2016! With the money raised we are able to cover costs for critical breast health services and support for San Diegans in need, such as:
• Free mammograms
• Food assistance
• Transportation to and from treatment
• Temporary financial assistance for the most critical needs
• Patient navigation and intensive care coordination
• Diagnostics such as biopsies, ultrasounds, MRI’s and more