26 Feb Hannah Martine, Beloved 2016 Race for the Cure Honorary Survivor and Development Committee Member, Passed Away of Metastatic Breast Cancer
The world lost an incredible soul on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020.
Hannah Martine, Susan G. Komen San Diego’s 2016 Race for the Cure Honorary Survivor and Development Committee member, passed away at the age of 34.
Hannah’s battle started when she was just 29 years old and diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (stage IV). Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread to other organs in the body (most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain).
After receiving her diagnosis, Hannah sought out Susan G. Komen San Diego immediately to get resources as well as a lot of emotional support early on in her journey. The organization provided her with financial assistance through her treatment, which helped her immensely as a young, single professional living on a budget living far away from her family.
Hannah was selfless. She used her diagnosis as an opportunity to be a fierce breast health advocate and dispel certain breast cancer myths which her story personified.
“It’s so important that people know what is normal for them,” said Hannah. “A lump does not have to feel like a lump to be breast cancer, 29 is not too young to have breast cancer, and you do not need to have a family history of breast cancer to get it. Mammograms are very important, but being in tune with your body is important, too. Your body has a way of telling you when something is wrong.”
This year, Susan G. Komen is funding 38 grants totaling $17,504,348 in metastatic research, bringing its metastatic research investment total to $210 million in since its inception in 1982; the most of any organization outside of the U.S. government.
Hannah was a light in the breast cancer community – a pillar of strength – voice for many – and true change maker for metastatic breast cancer patients in San Diego and beyond.
Hannah’s spirit and light will be deeply missed by the entire Susan G. Komen San Diego family, but her impact will continue to live on.
For information on Hannah’s Celebration of Life, click here.