FIGHT­ING FOR A CAUSE

To cel­e­brate breast can­cer aware­ness month, we’re hon­our­ing four he­roes who help ease pa­tients’ plight – and they’re not all women. BY AZLINDA SAID

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Meet the men and women help­ing to ease the plight of breast can­cer pa­tients.

SHE’S A FUNDRAISER

ME­GAN LOH, 30, SE­NIOR FI­NAN­CIAL PLAN­NER Me­gan has been vol­un­teer­ing with the Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion for about a year. She de­cided to be part of the breast can­cer fight when her good friend con­tracted the disease at age 26 and died two years later. “My friend’s can­cer was very ag­gres­sive. It came back six months af­ter her first round of chemo­ther­apy. Ev­ery­thing went down­hill from there. She was con­stantly in pain and noth­ing could make her com­fort­able.

I felt re­ally help­less, and thought that it wasn’t fair to her, some­one who still had her whole life ahead of her. She hadn’t dated any­one se­ri­ously be­fore. She had wanted to set­tle down and start a fam­ily – and she couldn’t do that any­more. Her fa­ther also passed away shortly be­fore she did, so it was a dou­ble tragedy for the fam­ily.

My friend’s strug­gle with breast can­cer taught me to trea­sure life and be thank­ful for what I have. She was the sort of per­son who re­mem­bered the lit­tle things about you – de­spite be­ing ill, she took the time to text a mu­tual friend to wish her good luck at a job in­ter­view.

I can see my­self be­ing in­volved in the breast can­cer fight for a long time. There are still many out there who are ig­no­rant about the disease. I’ve heard in­sen­si­tive com­ments from some men, like: ‘Why should I buy a com­mem­o­ra­tive pin from you? I have nei­ther breasts nor a girl­friend!’ and it pains me to hear that. Surely, you have a mother or an aunt, maybe even a sis­ter. Wouldn’t you care if they suf­fered from breast can­cer?

So as long as there are peo­ple who are un­in­formed, I would like to help raise aware­ness about it.”

“My friend’s strug­gle with breast can­cer taught me to trea­sure life and be thank­ful

for what I have.”

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