Anna Romano, 48, was diagnosed with "invasive breast cancer" in February 2010 after a doctor found a lump in her right breast. She endured four rounds of chemotherapy, losing her hair in the process, but has made what the couple call a full recovery.
When Romano, 54, heard the diagnosis, he said, "I went to my office and called my manager. When I had to say 'Anna has breast cancer' for the first time, it was emotional. I broke down."
As a result of the scare, the Romanos are now sponsoring a mammogram van through the New York City-based American Italian Cancer Foundation and donating to The Saban Free Clinic in Los Angeles, which offers medical services to county residents without health insurance.
"The reason we're going public is to share our experience, yeah, but to have an effect," Romano said. "Our goal is to help people."