With the purchase of a new home and three children who had to adapt to their new environment, Dawn Tropeano did not have much time to brood over her breast cancer diagnosis. In the midst of changing schools and getting acquainted with the neighborhood, Dawn stayed strong for her family while she endured surgery and subsequent treatments.

Realizing the power of knowledge, however, and not knowing where to turn for information, she dialed the toll-free number at the American Cancer Society. They not only supplied her with much needed direction, but they furnished her with a wig when she lost all of her hair. “This made it possible for me to attend open school night and not have to really explain why I was bald.”

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As an employee of a nonprofit organization, Dawn was accustomed to helping others in difficult situations.  After her encounter with breast cancer, she explored other job opportunities and was “drawn to the American Cancer Society.” She listened to her heart and decided to become a part of their mission. Dawn is now the Director of Special Events and runs programs that include Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Relay for Life. “I’ve been given a second chance,” she says. “Now I want to give back.”

Dawn feels blessed to be able to uplift women who are now facing a battle with breast cancer. “When you’re going through it, it’s very hard to see light at the end of the tunnel… I now have the honor to raise hope and awareness for those who are fighting the fight.”