By: Wendy Unger Schapira
I am Wendy Unger Schapira, Aries Woman, Thriving Warrior Previvor. My sister Nancy, who is 10 years my junior and I, were diagnosed positive with the BRCA1 Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer gene mutation in 2009. After consulting physicians and genetic counselors, we both had our ovaries, fallopian tubes and breasts removed to prevent the risk of cancer.
For years, I had been an active Cancer fundraising volunteer, and then it became extraordinarily personal. Following our surgery, Mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at age 85 for the first time in her life. She passed in 2019 of old age at 93, and Thank God, was cancer free at the time of her death.
In gratitude, for being spared cancer, and only having to go through surgery to prevent it, I became much more engaged in the Breast Cancer Community reaching out to do everything I could to use my voice and heart to help – with awareness, support and fundraising.
This eventually led to the foundation of my charitable fund, Wendy’s Angels Fund, which allows me to help others. Last year, we were able to sponsor women to attend the Day of Caring South Florida and to provide breast reconstruction for one of our Link of Hope Sistas. This year, we’re expanding to help provide services to the women at Lotus Village; and now during the pandemic, helping breast cancer patients get to their treatment in a partnership with 305 Pink Pack.