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Starting a Conversation: How a Young Mother with Breast Cancer is Spreading Awareness for Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in Their Early 30s

October 3, 2018

Being diagnosed with cancer comes as a shock at any age. One moment you’re living a perfectly normal life and the next you’re thrown into the whirlwind of managing your diagnosis.

This is especially true for Dana DeBolt – a mother of two young children, wife, working mom and breast cancer patient. 

Choosing to receive treatment at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township’s Comprehensive Breast Center, Dana was introduced to professional hair and makeup stylist Martino Cartier.

Through a partnership with the Cancer Center and the Wigs and Wishes Foundation, Martino created a wig that looks almost identical to Dana’s hair before treatment. When asked why Dana wears the wig, she shared that it, “simply makes me feel more comfortable.” 

Interested in sharing her story during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Good Morning America contacted Dana for an interview. In a flash, the interview was complete. Dana, her sister and her mother will appear on the morning show this Friday, October 5.

To help spread awareness for breast cancer, Dana’s younger sister has volunteered to have 10 inches of her hair cut off on live television, so another cancer patient can receive a wig as beautiful as her older sisters.

Dana is excited for her time in the limelight; however, her main focus is to spread awareness for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in their early 30s.
“Life is so different for women with breast cancer in their 30s as opposed to women diagnosed later in life,” Dana said. “The struggles younger women have involve taking care of our families, raising our children and supporting everyone while we’re trying to beat this disease. There’s no time for us to sit down and rest when we need to. We’re always going.” 

It’s important to remember the struggles these women continue to face long past Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sharing patient stories is a vital part of spreading awareness in hopes of one day finding a cure. At Jefferson, we want to make sure every story is heard. We are committed to providing patients like Dana the necessary treatment needed to beat this disease and the opportunity to share her story with the world.

To learn more about the Comprehensive Breast Center at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township, click here.

In photo from left to right: Dr. Poretta, Dana DeBolt and Dr. Yoon-Flannery