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Libby Smith was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in October 2011. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Hi! Thanks for visiting. I'm going to tell you a little something about the person in the photo above.
This is Libby (Elizabeth) Smith. She is a Bay Area native, born and raised in Pacifica, CA. She received her undergraduate at Mills College in the East Bay, and received her Masters in Information Management several years ago. She is a longtime triathlete, having participated in several triathlons with The Leukemia Society's Team In Training program for several years. She is an avid reader and loves a good debate. She's a little quiet when you first meet her, but she's a giggler after a couple of glasses of wine. She is a very good friend and always has your back. We kinda like her.
In October 2011, Libby went to her doctor, who noticed some 'things' going on with her skin, and sent her in for a mammogram, just to, you know, *rule* anything out. No family history, so shouldn't be a problem. Give her the clean bill of health, stamp her papers, and send her on her way.
Libby's doctor called back after he received the results and said, 'yeah, you're going to need to come in.' She was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer, and underwent a mastectomy. Doctors found the cancer was discovered in her lymph nodes as well, which upgraded her to Stage IIIA. Libby is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment; next steps after this are radiation and then reconstructive surgery. Not quite the celebration one has in mind when making your 40th trip around the sun.
Libby is keeping up amazing spirits, and is actually feeling pretty good, considering. However, there is still no cure for this disease that impacts many women across the country.
In honor of Libby, a group of her friends decided it would be fun to participate in the Marin County Marathon, which will be held April 7, 2012 in San Rafael, CA. One of the beneficiaries of this race is the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF), which helps provide emergency financial assistance to low-income women who are in active treatment for breast cancer.
For this race, we created a team called "The Liberators" in Libby's honor. (You'll have to ask her to elaborate on the team name).
If you'd like to support Libby, and the scores of other women (and men) impacted by breast cancer, there are several ways:
1. Sponsor Libby, or any of the other runners on our team, by making a donation to the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF). Just use the drop-down box to select Team Member and follow the steps.
2. Register to run or walk the Marin County race - either as an individual, or on our team, The Liberators. You can do a 5k, 10k, or half-marathon. Completely reasonable distances, and race proceeds benefit the BCEF.
3. Come out on Saturday and cheer us on!
Thank you again for visiting and for supporting us.
Please consider making a gift to Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. www.bcef-sf.org. Your donation will help to sustain a woman during her extensive and expensive fight against breast cancer.