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Making Strides Volunteer Hopes to Raise $100,000 in Honor of Society’s 100th Birthday
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Making Strides Volunteer Hopes to Raise $100,000 in Honor of Society’s 100th Birthday
Making Strides Volunteer Hopes to Raise $100,000 in Honor of Society’s 100th Birthday

Neva Weber's purpose in life for over a decade was focused on raising her 2 children, Jacob and Julia. But 5 ½ years ago, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she gained a new passion — to finish the fight once and for all.

Weber was 39 years old when she found a lump in her left breast. After a mammogram and various tests, she was diagnosed with stage 3 aggressive, invasive ductal carcinoma. "As soon as I found the lump, I knew it was cancer and I remember thinking there was no way it could be anything else," said Weber. "I was worried, my kids were so little and I didn't know what was going to happen."

During her treatment, Weber learned of the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Westport, Connecticut. "The week after I finished chemotherapy the first time around, my nurse navigator shared with me that she had a Making Strides team through the hospital and had been participating for 14 years," said Weber.

Weber planned to make a brief appearance, but upon arrival her perspective changed completely. "It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. These were my people. I kept thinking, this is great — all of these survivors and their loved ones coming together for this cause! I told my son that the next year we were going to have a team called the Westport Babes for all of the wonderful people who had supported us and would continue to."

In 2010, she rallied her friends and family to support the cause and help her reach her $5,000 fundraising goal. She never imagined she would raise $25,000 that first year. Each year since, more and more supporters have made financial contributions toward her efforts, helping her raise $80,000 last year alone.

The Westport Babes' success stems from Weber's story and the lives of those she touches, including her son, Jacob, who at age 9 became the youngest Pacesetter ever for their event. To be a Pacesetter and receive special perks for extraordinary fundraising accomplishments, individuals must meet or exceed a $2,500 fundraising goal. "I am really proud of my kids. They are so supportive and loving. I continue to be astounded that my son, at his age, had the initiative to fundraise and reach the Pacesetter level. I am really proud of him. He is not only helping me, but is helping other mommies."

Last year was special for Weber, "I am 5 years into my fight against breast cancer; I turned 45; and the American Cancer Society turned 100! Because of these important milestones I am working to raise $100,000 with my team!"

Weber, like many others across the nation, is passionate about the work of the American Cancer Society and is dedicated to doing everything possible to create a world without breast cancer. "I have found a purpose, other than my family, which is to raise as much money as possible to find a cure so my kids and my younger sister will never hear those words," she explains.

Thanks to Weber's commitment and that of other volunteers across the nation, the Society has made great progress in the fight against breast cancer over the last century, and is more determined than ever to finish the fight once and for all. Since 1993, nearly 9 million walkers across the US have joined together to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides events. To learn more about a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in your area, visit
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