After she found a small lump in her breast in 1997, just one month after her wedding, Dara P. Richardson-Heron's doctor told her it was extremely unlikely that a woman her age (then in her early thirties) had breast cancer.
Nevertheless, she insisted on having a mammogram. The news was devastating. She recalls her first thoughts: "How can this be happening to me? Am I going to die?" What she discovered was love and support from every corner. "My husband demonstrated the true meaning of unconditional love and has continued to show his unconditional love for me throughout our marriage of 11 years."
Now cancer free, Richardson-Heron, CEO of Susan G. Komen For The Cure in New York, has made helping other patients her life's work.
"While I wouldn't wish it on anyone, I can honestly say that because of my personal experience with breast cancer, I am a much better person, physician and leader."