Together we can end breast cancer.

by Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation
Play Video
Together we can end breast cancer.
Together we can end breast cancer.
Together we can end breast cancer.
Together we can end breast cancer.
Together we can end breast cancer.
Together we can end breast cancer.
Together we can end breast cancer.

Project Report | Aug 2, 2019
Newlywed, Newly Diagnosed

By Angie Fekrat | Executive Director

Danielle on her wedding
Danielle on her wedding

Danielle was a young newlywed anxiously awaiting her honeymoon when her gynecologist felt a lump. Her mother had often had benign lumps. With no family history of breast cancer, she decided to wait until life calmed down to get it checked. Instead, she focused on their trip of a lifetime to Thailand.

On the day they returned from their honeymoon, her husband, Joshua, discovered a concerning lump, which was determined to be testicular cancer. Unfortunately, his tumor had advanced to his lymph vessels and required chemotherapy. Because of Joshua’s diagnosis and urging, Danielle revisited her own lump. She was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer.

Danielle feels fortunate her cancer was detected early. Her treatment plan was a double mastectomy followed by Tamoxifen, a drug used to treat certain breast cancers. Both were challenging, but ultimately positive. Strangely, the most trying complication was due to being diagnosed at such a young age.

“Both my husband and I getting diagnosed before we had kids added another element to our process. We had to freeze our sperm and eggs in the event we wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally after treatments. Emotions were already running high. Then having your husband give you shots of hormones for two weeks after his chemotherapy treatments was very difficult. It was not what we envisioned our first few months of marriage would be like, but it was important that we didn’t lose out on the opportunity to have our own children.”

Finding Perspective Through a Difficult Diagnosis

One cancer diagnosis is overwhelming, let alone two consecutively. Danielle encourages anyone facing breast cancer to take it one step at a time and allow yourself to feel all the emotions. It was after recovering from surgery that she developed a love of running. Exercise supported her physical recovery, but it also helped her process the various emotions.

Today, Danielle and Joshua are healthy and cancer-free! She is training to compete in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October with Team Lynn Sage and focusing on the positives gained from this unfortunate diagnosis.

“It made me realize how lucky I am to have such wonderful family and friends. Without their love and support, I would have struggled much more emotionally during diagnosis and treatment.”

“Having cancer also helped me recognize that you never know what turns life has in store. We all need to live our life to the fullest. I don’t sweat the small stuff like I did before being diagnosed. The little things, like missing my train or my dog having an accident in the house, are just insignificant. I know how much worse it could be.”

 The Power of Research

It was during medical leave that Danielle was introduced to The Lynn Sage Foundation. A friend from work invited her to attend Summer Toast. She knew she was benefiting from the progress of research and was excited to get involved once she was fully recovered.

“Unfortunately, breast cancer will likely touch someone you love at some point. The more you learn about the disease, the more you’ll be able to help. By supporting research with your time, energy and resources, you make a difference in the lives of those diagnosed. Or even better, prevent a diagnosis!”

Your support of the Lynn Sage Scholars helps improve the lives of all those diagnosed with breast cancer, no matter their age, race or gender.  Thank you!

Danielle & Josh
Danielle & Josh
Danielle race day
Danielle race day


Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

About Project Reports

Project reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you can recieve an email when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports without donating.

Sign up for updates

Organization Information

Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Info @ Lynn Sage
Chicago , IL United States
$114,728 raised of $1,000,000 goal
1,627 donations
$885,272 to go
Donate Now

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Get incredible stories, promotions, and matching offers in your inbox

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.