Thursday, May 5, 2016

Creating Memories that Outlast Cancer

My name is Sandra Gunn, Founder of LESLIE'S WEEK. This courageous woman, Leslie Twohig, is the inspiration for LESLIE’S WEEK and all women who are told, "You have Stage 4 Breast Cancer". Leslie M. Twohig passed away on April 2, 2011 after raging a war with Inflammatory Triple Negative Breast Cancer that metastasized to her bones.

LESLIE’S WEEK provides vacations for Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer women and their families. Our nonprofit began with a collection of donated vacation homes in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and has grown to include donated hotel stays and vacation homes nationwide. Our goal is to provide a place of peace and serenity where Stage 4 Breast Cancer women and their families create Memories that Outlast Cancer.

This program began in 2011 in coordination with Leslie’s nurse, Carol, at the Kimmel Cancer Center, who identified one family candidate in 2011 & 2012 for LESLIE’S WEEK. Our outreach extended and now includes nominations on our web site and families who are selected by third party Breast Cancer Centers throughout the country. The DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Cancer Center, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center are a few of our nominating partners.  The mothers and their families are chosen regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, and age.

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