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Elissa's Story

Elissa is a mother of two who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40 following a routine mammogram screening.

Following this diagnosis, she was determined “to live life first and the cancer was going to be second.”

She found a way to keep her spirits high throughout her radiation treatments, wearing a different dress to each one. Her husband, Scott, was not surprised by Elissa’s plan to take the treatments head on and turn it into something positive.

“It is an indication of who she is. She made it something that could help others as well.”

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