Amy

For those of you who have listened to me over the years, you know I try and use my time and talents to help a variety of great causes. Some are personal, VERY personal...like breast cancer. Meet Amy Kubisty Chudoba. (she is the niece of a dear childhood friend, Sue Pollutro Clark of West Seneca). Amy is only 40 and a single mom. Her six-year-old son, Devan, wants his mother to be around for a long, long time. We all do.

This is personal for me because my wife, Maribeth, is a two-time breast cancer survivor. I love that word "SURVIVOR" but sadly, over 40,000 will not survive this year. Over 231,000 NEW cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2015. And yes, breast cancer can happen to men too.

Last year, Amy was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, which according the National Breast Cancer Foundation means the cancer has extended to beyond the immediate region of the tumor and may have invaded nearby lymph nodes and muscles but has not spread to distant organs. Although this stage is considered to be advanced, there are a growing number of effective treatment options.

Amy's current treatment includes chemotherapy and then faces radiation and surgery. The physical, mental and emotional pain can be unbearable as you can imagine. Or perhaps, you know first hand.

The financial burden has also taken its toll on Amy, and this is where she and her family needs your help. Join me next Saturday, August 1, for a fundraiser for her to help with the overwhelming medical costs. See the poster below for details.

It's going to be quite an afternoon and evening for this young woman. I'm proud to say I'll be there as the emcee for this event that includes incredible prizes to win plus plenty of food, beverages and music too!

Lastly, please check your breasts, encourage those you love too. Also, make the appointment for the mammogram you've been promising yourself and your family to do, but haven't. It could save your life.