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89 InnovativeHealthMag.com Katrina Studvent, LLMSW, is a 10-year breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed at the age of 30 with stage 3 breast cancer. She had only been married a couple of years and had a young daughter to care for at the time of her diagnosis. She was young, scared and won-dered what the future would bring. It totally changed her life. Studvent became an active volunteer with the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, where she was treated, and also with the Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure®. The year she was diagnosed, Studvent was asked to participate in the Survivor Honor Guard at the Komen Detroit Race and held a sign noting the number of months she had survived her breast cancer. “It was a moving experience, one I’ll never forget,” said Studvent. “There I was, holding a sign representing newly diagnosed survivors, including those who are young. It spoke volumes and represented other young women of different ethnicities who were just as scared as me and needed to know that they were not alone.” Today, Studvent serves as the director of Breast Cancer Special Programs at Karmanos Cancer Institute and she is also the chair of the Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure®, which celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 21. A crowd of approximately 25,000 people Katrina Studvent 10-year Breast Cancer Survivor Director of Breast Cancer Programs at Karmanos Cancer Institute; and Chair of the Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure participated in this inspiring movement, raising awareness and funds so that the un-insured and underinsured in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have access to breast cancer education and services. Fundraising for this year’s Race continued through June 30. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised will benefit local breast cancer programs and the remaining 25 percent will support Komen’s national breast cancer research. Studvent also co-facilitates the Women of Color cancer group at Gilda’s Club - Metro Detroit and started a Young Survival Coalition Face 2 Face Networking Group to help other young survivors deal with this disease. “We have made tremendous progress in the breast cancer fight, thanks to the incredible commitment of organizations like Karmanos Cancer Institute and Susan G. Komen. Today, there are more than three million breast can-cer survivors in the United States, including an estimated 155,000 with metastatic disease who are constantly in treatment. We have come a long way but more needs to be done. We appreciate everyone’s support to help close the gap on cancer disparities so that all people have the tools and opportunities to remain healthy.”


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