SEATTLE -- Jenn Nudelman remembers May 20th, 2011 vividly: that's the day her doctor called with the news that she had multi-focal invasive breast cancer. She was only 45 at the time of her diagnosis; less than a month later, she participated in her first Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure. One week later, she underwent a bilateral mastectomy.
But breast cancer had been a close part of her life well before her diagnosis. Her grandmother died of the disease in 1991; two of her aunts were also later diagnosed. Jenn's family history spurred her to do something: she started doing the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk (60 miles, 3 days) in 2006. Several years later, after her own diagnosis and many more Komen events, she is now working as the Director of Finance and Operations at Komen Puget Sound.
Through it all, with much of her family in Chicago, Jenn tells us she has been able to lean on friends and fellow survivors, many of whom she met through the Komen Foundation. Her experience taught her just how integral a part the organization played in her survival: with the money they're able to raise towards finding a cure, but also with the sense of community, support and generosity. To hear more of Jenn's story, watch the video above; to donate your time or money to Komen Puget Sound, click HERE.