Touched by Kayla Schmader,
Diagnosed with Breast Cancer at 28
Two of Marion Smile Center’s dental assistants, Chelsea Guy and Stephanie Bonzo’s childhood best friend, Kayla Schmader was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy this past year. Glimmer of Hope, has raised over $3M for breast cancer projects in the western Pennsylvania area. For Kayla, wife and mother of two, this organization provided hope and support during her diagnosis. Marion Smile Center is proud to join efforts with Kayla and Glimmer of Hope to help provide support for more young women going through this diagnosis.
“Glimmer of Hope has provided mentors during my unexpected life changing chapter in my life. Diana Napper knew exactly where I was coming from at any given time during our phone calls. For a woman who continues to devote so much time and effort for us young women with breast cancer, she was always patient enough to talk to me and go out of her way for me. My care is actually out of her network, but yet she continued to provide the best she could for me.
Glimmer of Hope is changing lives of many young woman who are fighting for their lives. Many of these women are young moms. Just like me, I’m a young mom with dense breast tissue which can be so hard to detect in mammograms. I was told with every scan I had that it’s hard to read because of my breast dense and nursing a young one. Thanks to Glimmer Of Hope, they are providing a better screening for us to maintain a healthy life and detect anything out of the ordinary at an early diagnosis.
I went in for my post-partum appointment which happened to fall during my yearly exam. Guess what? Almost 2 months later I was diagnosed with a breast cancer that is highly aggressive. There needs to be better screening for young women. We need more than awareness now, we need a cure for a better life for our young ones.“
Help Raise Awareness
About 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. With an estimated 266,120 new cases projected by the American Cancer Society to be diagnosed in 2018, there’s no better time than this special month to raise awareness about this disease.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual international health campaign focused on raising awareness of the condition, as well as raising funds for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment – and, most importantly, toward discovering a cure for breast cancer.
We Need Your Help To Do Good
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, through the month of October, our team at Marion Smile Center is encouraging our patients to post social media photos while wearing pink and tagging us. Marion Smile Center will make a donation for every check-in, like, post, or tagged photos toward the local Glimmer of Hope Foundation. Don’t have any pink in your wardrobe? No problem – our office will be stocked with an array of pink props and creative pink trinkets.
When our patients show support for breast cancer research, so can we!
Option 1: Follow our social media accounts: WE donate $1
Click to visit social sites: Facebook & Instagram
Option 2: Check in on Facebook at our practice: WE donate $1
Option 3: Post a photo rocking pink & tag us: WE donate $3
You can do just 1 or you can do all 3! Whether you physically visit our office this month or not, you can still show support and we will donate to Glimmer of Hope.