Amanda Schmidt

Amanda wanted to join her mother Ann Scannell as a Survivor Artist this year at the Rare Chair Affair.

“Being diagnosed with the gene and going through my mother’s overcoming of breast cancer has really inspired me to be involved in supporting others in similar situations,” she reflected. “We quickly found that having a support group is one of the most important things for recovery in health and mind.”

Because of the high risk for breast cancer for those who carry a mutation in their BRCA genes, Amanda would like to see more breast cancer research on genetic susceptibility and on breast cancer prevention.

The Glendale resident who is a manager by profession notes that her world view has become this: “We only have one single life. We’ve got to live it to the fullest.”