Meet the Models, SoCal: Sarah Valencia

By Caroline O'Donnell | January 16, 2024

“If you can prevent it, do it.”

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Meet the Models, SoCal: Jenni DeSilva

By Caroline O'Donnell | January 15, 2024

Jenni DeSilva learned she had the PALB2 mutation through a genetic test provided through her husband’s medical sales job. Herself being in medical sales, Jenni understood the importance of getting multiple consults from various doctors on what to do. Ultimately, she decided to have a double mastectomy because she “felt like I had a target on my back, like I was just waiting for it to come.” Eventually, she will also need a hysterectomy.

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Meet the Models, SoCal: Maria Glaze

By Caroline O'Donnell | January 8, 2024

Maria Glaze was a uterine cancer survivor, single mother of two high school boys and only 40 when she lost her job. It forced her to take a part time job with an extremely long commute. After her acceptance to culinary school, she was offered the job full time. Initially rejecting it, her supervisor convinced her to stay. Little did she know, after months of feeling extreme fatigue (which she thought was just due to her schedule), tests from the doctor would come back confirming stage 3 breast cancer.

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Meet the Models, SoCal: Tamara Deiro

By Caroline O'Donnell | January 1, 2024

In 1975 when Tamara Deiro was just 10 years old, she lost her great aunt to breast cancer. It was an emotional blow, particularly because Tamara was adopted and had a close bond to her aunt, whom she felt embraced her fully as her own.

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Meet the Models, SoCal: Patty Nandy & Danielle Cronin

By Caroline O'Donnell | December 22, 2023

Patty Nandy was very familiar with breast cancer. Her grandmother, aunt and mother all had breast cancer, which meant she was familiar with the brutality of the disease. It’s why, when her mammogram caught signs of cancer, she was not overly surprised. She was 50 at the time and when it was determined that she would not be able to take tamoxifen, Patty opted for a bilateral double mastectomy.

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