Mother & daugh­ter fight to end breast can­cer

Fundrais­ing cy­cling event “The Boob Ride” in St. Peters Vil­lage to raise money for the Su­san G. Komen 3-Day 60 Mile Walk

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Early in the morn­ing on July 11th, bi­cy­clists of all ages and skill lev­els will leave St. Peters Vil­lage in Ch­ester County on a fun ride called “The Boob Ride”.

The pur­pose of this char­ity ride is to raise money to help end breast can­cer. The ride is July 11, 2015 and the first group will start at 7:30 a.m. Riders can register by go­ing to www.the­boo­bride.org/pa.

Pottstown res­di­ent Michelle Przemie­niecki, the or­ga­nizer of “The Boob Ride”, was di­ag­nosed with Triple Neg­a­tive Stage 3b breast can­cer in Septem­ber 2014. This was not Michelle’s first bat­tle with the dis­ease; she was first di­ag­nosed in 2008 with a com­pletely dif­fer­ent type of breast can­cer. Even with yearly mam­mo­grams and clean re­sults, this deadly foe came back with vengeance. Af­ter months of treat­ments, she is happy to re­port that she is can­cer free!

Breast can­cer not only im­pacts the pa­tient but also the fam­i­lies. Michelle said, “I re­mem­ber my daugh­ter Emily, 15, and son Zach, 7, spend­ing days at a time sit­ting with me while I lay in bed weak from treat­ments.”

This dis­ease takes an emo­tional toll on all those around the pa­tient.

Dur­ing those months of treat­ments Michelle vowed to work to help end breast can­cer. While get­ting her chemo­ther­apy, Michelle saw an ad­ver­tise­ments on TV for the Su­san G. Komen 3-Day and de­cided to sign up as a way to re­ally kick can­cer’s butt.

Emily is not yet old enough to do the 3-Day walk but has vol­un­teered for the Su­san G. Komen Youth Corp – who helps sup­port all of the walk­ers dur­ing the event.

In or­der to par­tic­i­pate in the event, Michelle and Emily need to raise $3,000.

“We looked at sev­eral dif­fer­ent fundrais­ing op­tions and de­cided to use Emily’s pas­sion for bik­ing as our ve­hi­cle to raise money to help find a cure for breast can­cer,” said Michelle.

Emily is an avid bi­cy­clist and com­petes in Cy­clocross and moun­tain bik­ing events. Michelle and Emily reached out to a group in Cal­i­for­nia who raise money for breast can­cer char­i­ties by host­ing a fun des­ti­na­tion bike ride - called “The Boob Ride”. The co-founders, Jen­nifer Carey and Paul Self, have been run­ning the ride for six years and agreed to al­low Michelle and Emily to use their brand­ing and call the ride The Boob Ride Penn­syl­va­nia.

Jen­nifer is also a seven time 3-Day walker, who walks to honor her mother’s bat­tle with breast can­cer.

Though there is noth­ing hu­mor­ous about breast can­cer, Michelle and her fam­ily found that hu­mor was a great way to deal with the stress of fac­ing this dis­ease. “The Boob Ride” is a non­com­pet­i­tive fun event and of­fers tongue-in-cheek awards.

“In Cal­i­for­nia, many of the riders pedal in pink or wear bras over their shirts. We hope to have the same fun crowd of peo­ple,” com­mented Michelle.

Michelle can proudly say she is healthy and has con­quered breast can­cer. This year Michelle Przemie­niecki will walk 60 miles in the Su­san G. Komen Philadelphia 3-Day along with thou­sands of other women and men who par­tic­i­pate to make a per­sonal dif­fer­ence in the fight to end breast can­cer.

Each year, more than 200,000 cases of breast can­cer are di­ag­nosed in women and nearly 2,000 cases are di­ag­nosed in men in the U.S. To help reach their goal of a world with­out breast can­cer, make a do­na­tion to or join “The Boob Ride” by vis­it­ing www.The­Boo­bRide. org/PA.

Emily and her mom Michelle Przemie­niecki, the or­ga­nizer of “The Boob Ride”, who was di­ag­nosed with Triple Neg­a­tive Stage 3b breast can­cer in Septem­ber 2014.

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