“No One Is Immune:” Julissa’s Story

couture-for-the-causeJulissa Duran and Amy West, co­chairs of the 6th annual American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cause”, have an important message. Julissa says, “Recently, I’d forgotten to schedule my annual mammogram in January, but wasn’t worried. I’m only 45 and the only cancer in my family was my dad, who had prostate cancer three years ago. In fact, I was serving on the Couture for the Cause committee in his honor! After my mammogram, they called back for more testing. After 5 hours in radiology, I heard the terrifying words: “It looks like breast cancer.” A biopsy confirmed I had Invasive Lobular Sarcoma, stage 2.”

“I joined this committee last year to help others, but never imagined I’d face cancer myself. As a single mom, I thought about my 14 year old daughter, Soleil.Will I see her graduate, get married, have children? After the diagnosis, my ex­husband called ACS on my behalf. They called to offer me a free wig and invited me to a support group. I felt comforted knowing they were there for me. Volunteering is now so personal. I know firsthand the difference that ACS makes! On April 6th, I underwent a 9­hour bilateral mastectomy. I wasn’t ready for this road bump ,  but will continue living every day to the fullest!”

Amy says, “As Co­Chairs, we’re thankful for ACS, this committee and the support of our stellar community. Cancer shows up unannounced and disregards who you are or what you have planned… no one is immune. Our Couture for the Cause committee is determined to help fight this vicious disease. Never underestimate what your support can do!”

Join us for the 6th annual Couture for the Cause “A White Haute Affair.” Returning as presenting sponsor, Wealth Design Group  partner with American Cancer Society for this exclusive evening on October 17, 2015 at the home of Randy and Brenda Bartley featuring an unforgettably creative fashion show.  Dress code ­ all white attire! We invite you to join our team as a sponsor or donor, with levels starting at $500. With limited spacing, this event sells out quickly. For information or to seize the limited sponsorship opportunities, contact Valerie Marun at (713) 706­5684 or valerie.marun@cancer.org. Visit our website at www.coutureforthecause.org.

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