Posted at: 10/03/2013 5:53 PM
Updated at: 10/03/2013 7:06 PM
By: Benita Zahn
Francesca Durand is a two time breast cancer survivor. First diagnosed when she was 33 and her children were just 3 and 5.
"Random luck" says Francesca, laughing "I guess because my ob/gyn found a lump and he took it seriously because I didn't because who thinks at 33 you could have breast cancer. I had never heard of anybody that young having breast cancer, ever."
But now she knows of dozens of young women.
Many who've been diagnosed more than once, like her.
The second diagnosis coming when she was 38.
Now she's dedicated to educating women, encouraging them to know their bodies and take action if they notice changes in their breasts. Currently she's the president of the North East New York Komen for the cure chapter.
She's proud to tell you that 75 percent of the money raised by the chapter goes to the community, that this past year they were able to fund 12 grants .. And that the race for the cure, their largest fund raiser, gives a forum to help save lives.
"It's important to get the awareness out there that breast cancer is non-discriminating" explains Francesca. "That it is ever present in people's lives, that you don't have to have a family history. These kind of events bring those kind of things to the forefront."
The Komen race for the cure starts at 9am on October 5th at the Empire State Plaza.