Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1982 when she was 40 years old, and just a month before her brother died of cancer. Kathy chose to have a radical mastectomy followed by Tamoxifen. She was involved in one of the blind studies that paved the way for women today – the kind of research that WBCC/NBCC is so focused on with the 2020 Initiative! Since battling cancer herself, Kathy has learned of the BRCA1 mutation in her family. Of the 7 nieces and nephews who have chosen to be tested for the BRCA gene, 4 are positive – 2 male and 2 female. Two of her siblings have died of cancer and 2 of her nieces have fought breast cancer. . . . All the more reason we need to keep fighting to find a cure!