Philanthropy Feature: Haley Turnis
In the United States, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. I never thought that my mom would be part of that statistic. In March of 2018, my mom was diagnosed with stage 2A breast cancer. The news was devastating. The feeling of not knowing what will happen next is terrifying. In the months following her diagnosis, my mom underwent a double mastectomy/reconstructive surgery and radiation treatment. She was lucky enough to completely skip chemotherapy which I think was the biggest blessing! In August of 2018 my mom finished her treatment and has been cancer free ever since!
When going through sorority recruitment, I had no idea what to expect or what I wanted in a sorority. When I found out that Zeta’s philanthropy was Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, I knew that Zeta was the perfect fit. Having such a close connection to our philanthropy through my mom has helped me understand the importance of what our philanthropy does for women.
I am so thankful that my mom’s breast cancer experience ended well. She is one of the strongest women I know, and her diagnosis made her even stronger! I hope that I can be a resource for others to turn to if they have a loved one going through breast cancer!