Lo­cal breast can­cer pa­tient to walk along­side sup­port­ers at Mak­ing Strides Against Breast Can­cer Prov­i­dence


WAR­WICK — Mil­lville’s Kris­ten Reilly first felt a lump on her breast in early 2018 and men­tioned it to her pri­mary care physi­cian. She had just turned 40 and in early March was sched­uled for her mam­mo­gram. The screen­ing had de­tected the lump and an is­sue with her lymph nodes which lead to her di­ag­no­sis of triple neg­a­tive breast can­cer. Shortly af­ter di­ag­no­sis, she be­gan eight rounds of chemo­ther­apy.

On Sept. 10, she had surgery, which con­sisted of a lumpec­tomy and the re­moval of four lymph nodes. On Fri­day, Oct. 5, Reilly had yet an­other surgery that, af­ter heal­ing, was fol­lowed by ra­di­a­tion five days a week for six weeks and then oral chemo­ther­apy for an­other six months.

The doc­tors at Dana Far­ber and her fam­ily have been by her side ev­ery step of the way through her di­ag­no­sis and ex­ten­sive treat­ment. The out­pour of sup­port was amaz­ing. She knew that her friends and fam­ily wanted to do more to make sure that Reilly’s two chil­dren never hear the words ‘you have can­cer’ in their life­time. Reilly and her team of sup­port­ers formed the “Dump the Lump” team to raise funds and aware­ness for the up­com­ing Mak­ing Strides Against Breast Can­cer of Prov­i­dence walk.

Reilly was first in­tro­duced to Mak­ing Strides Against Breast Can­cer when two of her co-work­ers had rel­a­tives fight­ing the dis­ease. This year, her fam­ily de­cided to con­tinue to be a strong force against breast can­cer and raise funds and aware­ness. “Dump the Lump” has raised nearly $8,000 and Reilly alone has con­trib­uted over $3,000 to that to­tal.

The Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety Mak­ing Strides Against Breast Can­cer of Prov­i­dence walk will be held this Sun­day, Oct. 14, in Down­town Prov­i­dence. This non-com­ple­tive event will unite the com­mu­nity, honor those touched by the dis­ease, and raise aware­ness and funds for a world with­out breast can­cer. Mak­ing Strides Against Breast Can­cer is the largest net­work of breast can­cer aware­ness events in the na­tion, with more than one mil­lion pas­sion­ate par­tic­i­pants sup­port­ing the non­com­pet­i­tive three- to five-mile walks each year. Reg­is­tra­tion for this event be­gins at 7:30 a.m. and the walk is set to start at 9 a.m.

Dollars raised help the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety fund in­no­va­tive breast can­cer re­search; pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and guid­ance to help peo­ple re­duce their risk; and of­fer com­pre­hen­sive pa­tient sup­port to those who need it most.

To learn more about the Mak­ing Strides Against Breast Can­cer of Prov­i­dence walk and how you can be­come in­volved, visit www.Mak­ingStridesWalk. org/Prov­i­denceRI.

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