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The Pink Daisy Project - Help For Young Women With Breast Cancer

Updated on September 11, 2013

Breast Cancer can happen to anyone at any age. Even though over 70% of women are 50 years of age and over there are many women that have died from this disease between the ages of 15 and 54. In the United States there are over 250,000 women that are 40 or younger having to deal with breast cancer.

The Pink Daisy Project is a non-profit organization that was started by Debbie Cantwell, from Bellevue, Washington, in 2008 offering support to breast cancer patients that are under the age of 45. Debbie is a breast cancer survivor and has helped over 150 women.

Cancer is devastating at any age but when you have young children to look after, are still in school, or just starting out in life, I believe being diagnosed with breast cancer is that much harder. I had my first mastectomy at the age of 29 and I can still remember the hopelessness that I felt. When I would go to the hospital for Chemotherapy I would always be the youngest person there.

There seems that there is more support for older people with breast cancer and if there had of been an organization such as The Pink Daisy Project when I was going through this terrible time in my life, I would have welcomed the support that they provide.

The Pink Daisy Project is there to help young women deal with many of the hardships of breast cancer and the treatments. For those that are in need of someone to talk to and that will understand what they are going through, these women are there to provide comfort and care. They offer housecleaning, shopping for groceries, meal preparation, assistance for costly prescriptions and more.

This organization gets money through donations, fundraisers and grants. In March of 2010, Pepsi Refresh Project awarded 25K to The Pink Daisy Project.

Debbie Cantwell has been nominated for CNN Heroes of 2011, every day people changing the world. If you would like to view the video of Debbie speaking about The Pink Daisy Project you can view it here. This woman is a true hero and in my opinion deserves to win this award in 2011.

The Pink Daisy Project website offers a way for more people to become involved through donations or if you or someone you know is need of help there is an application on the site that can be filled out. There is a forum where you can share your story with others or join in on a discussion group.


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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Teresa, I wish this organization would have been around when I was going through cancer, but I am happy that they are here now as they help so many people.

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Fantastic organization to bring recognition to. My mom and grandmother is/was cancer survivors. My mom I know will be happy to hear such an organization exists!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      manty, Thanks for stopping by and for you comments. I really think that this is a wonderful organization.

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Thanks Susan for raisind awareness to something that affects so many people.

      God Bless you

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Daffy Duck

      I have had 2 mastectomies and am an almost 20 year survivor now. It was completely gone and I suppose cancer could possibly pop up elsewhere but so far so good.

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      Daffy Duck 6 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      I see you wrote that you've survived the cancer. Does that mean that you are no longer in danger of it? Is it completely gone? Could it come back?

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      applecsmith, So sorry to hear about your mother. My mother died of cancer when I was only 2. I wish that there were more organizations such as The Pink Daisy Project. Thanks so much for your comments.

      Cardisa, I feel so lucky to have survived cancer. Glad that your mothers lump turned out to be benign.

      Pamela, So many people think of breast cancer only affecting the older population, when in fact it can hit at any age. Thanks so much for your comments.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Excellent hub on a disease that affects so many women. I'm sorry to hear you had breast cancer as I didn't know that. I have two friends that had double mastectomies in the past 2 years and I lost a good friend to this disease 3 years ago. I think the website is a great thing. Rated up and useful

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Oh My God! I had no idea you have been through something so devastating. I remember when my mom had to have some sort of biopsy to determine if the lump in her breast was cancer, we were all deeply troubled. As it turned out it was not, so everything is okay now.

      I am happy that there is a person like Debbie out there to offer this kind of support.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      My mom died from breast cancer when my little brother was only 6 years old. That was 10 years ago, and I wish this organization had been around then, it sounds like it does a lot of good for families going through this type of thing.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      James, Thank you.

      RH, I was 19 and living in Bellevue, Washington when I found what I thought to be a lump and ended up going to see a specialist right away. It turned out to be a fat node. Little did I know at that time what would be in my future. It is always a good idea to go right to the doctor as soon as something out of the ordinary shows up.

      prasetio, Thanks so much for your comments and vote.

      tipogue, Breast cancer runs in my family and I found all my lumps through self examination which is so important to do. Thanks so much for your comments and it is good that you are keeping an eye on it. Take Care.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing this helpful information. I had my first scare when I was 19. I had just had my son when I found a lump 2 inches long and 1 inch. It wasn't cancerous, but I have had to keep an eye on it since then. A few years after I found my lump, my aunt passed from breast cancer. This is a disease that is no laughing matter and can happen to any young lady. Thanks again for sharing this hub!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. I am so happy to know this form you. We must care with cancer and better know this earlier or we can give our support to the people who got cancer. Thank you very much. Vote up!


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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Awesome Susan! Laurel found a mass when she was 16 and I was so freaked out I took her to the doc and they almost acted like I was crazy! I said you're gonna check anyway! I felt so dumb! They said. With their condescending looks, "this rarely happens in a girl her age," like why are you here? It could though right? Omg! So I wasn't out of line taking her in then for a check out was I? Thanks Susan - you just validated me and apprised me od this wonderful organization! If I needed it for my child I certainly would want this for her!

      Thanks for promoting this - I'm sure other young mothers have been treated as I was or are unaware!

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Good hub, Susan. This hub subject coming from you is no surprise. Good job!