A Typical ICAN Patient

Shari Baker with oncologist Devon Webster

Oncologist Devon Webster, MD, with ICAN Patient Shari Baker, discussing her breast cancer clinical trial in Seattle in May, 2006


Shari Baker and Cathy Partin in January, 2009

When my dear friend, Cathy Partin, agreed to volunteer for the IFADD (now ICAN) 2005 Jewels of the Sea Ball, she had no idea how her participation in that event would end up saving her friend's life. Just days before, I was diagnosed with a recurrence of my breast cancer, which had advanced to Stage IV. My oncologist was not at all optimistic about my chances.

The morning after the Ball, Cathy could not wait to call me and give me the organization's phone number. An IFADD Program Services staffer called me back immediately, and referred me to a leading breast oncologist for a second opinion. More than three years later, I am still in remission, thanks to a clinical trial. The Jewels of the Sea Ball was a bigger event than Cathy ever imagined. It just might have saved my life. ICAN reacted immediately, reassured me, and gave me hope and new strategic options. Thank you, ICAN!

Shari Baker • Scottsdale • Arizona
The Kay T. DeMichele Breast Cancer Patient Advocacy Program at ICAN

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