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My Time at TEDMED

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at TEDMED, a gathering of professionals in the health and medical fields. The conference organizers asked if I would share my personal story of fighting breast cancer twice – once by keeping the condition private and the second time by making my situation public.

When I was diagnosed the second time, I sent a letter to my Red Cross family, and I received a massive influx of cards and well wishes. I experienced what the people we serve feel when they’re being helped by the American Red Cross. It’s been two years since I’ve had clean reports, but I will never forget how so many Red Crossers gave me support, compassion and hope during that time. I was proud to share this with leaders in the health and medical community.

To the Red Cross family, I again want to say thank you for your support as well as the incredible work you do every day to save lives. Together, we are making our communities better prepared for the unexpected.

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