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, August 04, 2020 | More Post by

As an organization that serves young women affected by breast cancer, we make sure to keep up with the latest news so we know what our women face when it comes to treatment and beyond. In this blog series, we will share the month’s news that we feel is most interesting and relevant.

July 6: Early-stage breast cancer is more likely to be diagnosed in U.S. states that have expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare than in those that haven’t, researchers say. A new study looked at a database of more than 71,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in 31 states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act and 14 states that did not. Differences were especially notable among black women in expansion states, with the percentage of those diagnosed with advanced breast cancer falling from 25% to 21%. Advanced cancer diagnoses among younger women in expansion states fell from 23% to 21%, but stayed at 26% in non-expansion states. Read more in Health Day HERE.

July 20: Researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a new nano drug candidate that kills triple negative breast cancer cells (triple negative breast cancer is one of the most aggressive types of breast cancer). The research will help clinicians target breast cancer cells directly, while avoiding the adverse, toxic side effects of chemotherapy. Read more on the University of Arkansas website HERE.

July 21: A USC-led team of scientists has found that a fasting-mimicking diet combined with hormone therapy has the potential to help treat breast cancer, according to newly published animal studies and small clinical trials in humans. Read the full story in MedicalXpress HERE.

July 23: A new study published in The Lancet Global Health includes data on women from 41 countries and found that in higher income nations, including Canada, rates of breast cancer in premenopausal women are increasing, while postmenopausal breast cancer is increasing more rapidly in lower income countries. Although the study provides evidence of an increase in breast cancer rates in women of all ages, the increase in premenopausal breast cancer in higher income countries is particularly concerning… premenopausal breast cancer was significantly increasing in 20 out of 44 populations, each representing a country or an ethnic group. Read the full story HERE in Science Daily.

July 27: Research from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) found significant decreases nationwide in the number of patients being seen for cancer-related care as the COVID-19 pandemic progressed during the few first months of 2020. The most significant decline was seen in encounters related to new cancer incidences, which included screening, initial diagnosis, second opinion, and treatment initiation appointments. Read the full story in Science Daily HERE. 

July 30: There’s a low level of awareness among American women about a form of lymphoma that can occur around breast implants, a new study finds. Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is an immune system cancer. It’s estimated to occur in between 1 in 3,000 and 1 in 12,000 women with textured breast implants. Smooth-surfaced implants are associated with a lower rate. There is no current recommendation to remove breast implants in women with no implant-related symptoms. Symptoms of BIA-ALCL include swelling, a mass or pain in the area of the implant. Read the full story in Health Day HERE.

, August 04, 2020 | More Post by

Age 33, diagnosed at 30

No family history, No known genetic mutation

Megan was excited to be turning 30. She was preparing to move into a new home with her husband and two girls and was enjoying her sales job. Life was good. Then a lump and pain in her left breast sent Megan to her doctor. Reassuring her that it was most likely nothing, the doctor referred her for testing. Megan was stunned to learn she had stage 2 breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy with reconstruction. Though Megan had great support at home, she says, “Joining H4TG helped me find women who understand in ways that other people just can’t — and hopefully will never have to.” She gives back by being a resource for other young women like her. “From the start of my journey, I wanted it to serve a bigger purpose than just to survive this season of breast cancer,” she says. “I will always make helping other survivors a part of my new mission in life because I believe in women. I want to lift them up when they are at their lowest and in need.” The women’s empowerment movement that began in the 1920s resonates with Megan’s new sense of purpose and awareness of her own strength and self-worth.

, July 01, 2020 | More Post by

43, diagnosed at 38,

No family history, no known genetic mutation

Through a breast self-exam, Jennifer detected a lump in her breast that turned out to be stage 3A breast cancer. She received chemo, a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, and radiation. Her diagnosis occurred just as Jennifer was going through a difficult separation from her husband. While undergoing treatment, she continued working as a corrections case manager to provide for her two daughters. With no other family around, her daughters were her primary source of support, and knowing they were scared, Jennifer tried to keep life as normal as possible. She found H4TG after treatment. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but right away the ladies welcomed me with open arms and hearts.” Jennifer says she has always been an “in the background” type of person, but she doesn’t want to be that any longer. “I want to be an example for my two daughters, that if they set their mind to something, they can do it. I want them to be proud that I’m their mom.” Jennifer admires that same ideal that emerged in the 1920s saying, “Women received their voices, and their opinions and thoughts meant something.” Jennifer also wishes to show other women that they are stronger than they think.

, July 01, 2020 | More Post by

As an organization that serves young women affected by breast cancer, we make sure to keep up with the latest news so we know what our women face when it comes to treatment and beyond. In this blog series, we will share the month’s news that we feel is most interesting and relevant.

June 1: In a geographically and ethnically diverse study of young women with newly diagnosed breast cancer in the United States, a substantial portion had concerns about fertility that potentially affected treatment decisions, according to a recent study. Read the full article in Clinical Oncology News HERE.

June 2: Researchers have identified a gene that causes an aggressive form of breast cancer to rapidly grow. More importantly, they have also discovered a way to ”turn it off” and inhibit cancer from occurring. The animal study results have been so compelling that the team is now working on FDA approval to begin clinical trials. Read the full story HERE in Science Daily.

June 10: According to recent research, a strong romantic relationship was linked to lower psychological stress and lower inflammation for women with breast cancer. Read more in Health Day HERE.

June 15: Breast cancer treatment costs are highest among young and middle-aged women with advanced breast cancer, according to a recent study. Average monthly treatment costs among 18- to 44-year-olds were $4,463 for those with metastatic breast cancer and $2,418 for those with stage 1 cancer. Read the full story in Health Day HERE.

June 30: When a solid cancer is surgically removed, any small piece that is left behind increases the chance of a local recurrence or spread. In a pilot study of dogs with mammary tumors, a disease very similar to human breast cancer, a team found that an injectable dye, which glows under near-infrared light, illuminated cancerous growth in the primary tumor as well as in lymph nodes. Read more in Science Daily HERE.

, June 03, 2020 | More Post by

50, diagnosed at 47

No family history, No known genetic mutation

Lisa never thought she’d get breast cancer, never did self-exams, and never had a mammogram. Luckily, a wellness incentive at work compelled her to get a mammogram on a mobile imaging bus. Even the callback for another test didn’t register on her radar, and she declined the second imaging appointment until they showed her the first image. Upon seeing the spot, she touched her breast and could feel a lump. When the doctor’s office suggested she bring someone to her appointment, she knew it didn’t bode well. Her sister was with her when Lisa heard the news that she had stage 2, HER2+ breast cancer and would be getting a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation. A school bus driver and newly single mom to two children, she moved into her own place for the first time a month after the diagnosis. Since then, she’s been doing all kinds of things that she wouldn’t have done before. “I want to enjoy life and have no regrets. Since I met my Boober! girlfriends, I see I’m not the only one!” Lisa wants to show that the breast cancer survivors of H4TG are women of strength and courage, much like the women of the 1920s.

, June 03, 2020 | More Post by

As an organization that serves young women affected by breast cancer, we make sure to keep up with the latest news so we know what our women face when it comes to treatment and beyond. In this blog series, we will share the month’s news that we feel is most interesting and relevant.

May 11: Compared to patients who see their primary care doctor earlier in the day, cancer screening rates decline significantly as the day goes on, according to a new study. Decision fatigue and doctors falling behind schedule may be the cause, according to study authors. Click HERE to read the story from Science Daily.

May 19: Black and white women share genes that increase the risk for breast cancer, according to a new study. These genes include BRCA1, BRCA2 and PALB2, each of which is associated with a more than sevenfold risk of breast cancer. Women of both races also share four other genes linked with a moderately increased risk. This research is important as breast cancer screening recommendations are sometimes different for black and white women. Read the full story in U.S. News and World Report HERE.

May 26: Australian scientists have discovered how an obscure protein causes breast cancer to develop and grow more quickly. The researchers found that aggressive breast cancers produce the protein Creld2, which hijacks healthy cells and promotes tumor progression. High levels of Creld2 are found in triple negative breast cancers, in kidney cancers, in non-melanoma skin cancers, and invasive squamous cell carcinomas. Blocking or destroying the protein could lead to better outcomes for these cancers. Read the full story in Medical Express HERE.

May 28: Patients who are found to have the earliest form of breast cancer – Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) – have a higher risk of invasive breast cancer and dying from the disease, a new study suggests. Read the full article HERE in Science Focus.

, May 19, 2020 | More Post by

H4TG wants to help support the businesses & those in the local community who have supported us! Many are facing difficult times during this time of social distancing; we send our love and support to all of you.  

Join Here for the Girls in showing our appreciation for these generous sponsors of A Calendar to Live By.

A.B. Harris Inc.
ABNB Federal Credit Union
AJ Nelson
An Angel on Earth
A-One Mobile Bookkeeping, Inc.
Beach Ford
Bill & Merriel Bowditch
Bob and Angie Perciak
Bruce Elliott – AXA Advisors
Casey Toyota
Charlie and Mari Ann Banks
Colonial Eye Care – Dr. Brent Segeleon
Compassionate Care
Dave and Chris Schwab
Davenport & Company
Deb Glover The Garden of Children Learning Center
Doiron Wealth Management
Dr. & Mrs. J. Christopher Paschold
Dr. Terryl and Sheri Times
Drs. Bruce & Cassianne Booth
Drs. Dean and Flavia Kostov
Drs. Henry and Christy Prillaman
Eastern Eye Associates
Erica Chigos-White, NP-C, MSN-FNP
Event Staffing/Staging Inc.
Extra Mile Landscapes
Greg and Alice Caldwell
Gregory Crisp
Harry & Judy Wason
Heather C. Morrow
Henry S. Branscome LLC
Hornsby House Inn
In Honor of Mona Smith
In Memory of Mom, Dorothy T. Byrne
Integrated Audio-Video, LLC
James A. Burden DDS and Associates
Janet McCaskey
Jayne Barnard Jennifer Reed, MD
Jerry & Barbara Stanek
Joy and Len Baxt
Knights of Columbus, Father N. J. Habets Council 4632
Lee & Betty Dooley
Libby Garrett
Liberty Warehousing, Inc.
Lorie Spence
Louise B. Lubin PhD
Massey Cancer Center, VCU Health
Melinda Dunn, MD
Michael Hollister
Myriad Genetic Laboratories
Nicholas and Vivian Vitullo
Nicole Yeshtokin, MD
Norfolk Plastic Surgery, PC
Nutritional Blessings, Melinda Pettingill, ND.
Paul and Rosemary Trible
Paul Hartmann, DDS
Pinnacle Business Solutions
Pirates of Chemo
Planet Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Planet Subaru
Rick & Gin Marks in honor of Mary Beth Gibson
Riverside Health System
Robert & Laura Morrill
Rooms, Blooms, & More
Sasa Espino, MD
Scotland Street Salon
Scott, Ami, Asher & Avah Dodson
Sentara Healthcare
Sherry Kletzly – BHHS Towne Realty
Sherwood and Whitney Bowditch
Southside Regional Medical Center
Stephanie H. King
Steve & Karen Barrs
Stu Chumney
Sunday?s Sun Spa Shop
Susie Williams- Texas friend of the Boobers!
The Branch Family
The Byzewski Family
The Hague Center for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery James Carraway, MD and Robert Schnarrs, MD
The Jacobs Group
The Leading Edge Networking Group of Williamsburg
Thomas W. and Cindy Meehan
Tim and Anne Sullivan
Tricia Russell in honor of Mari Ann Banks
TST Construction
Veterans United Foundation
Vincent & Raymon Bessix
Virginia Oncology Associates
Williamsburg Dental Group Drs. Butler, Fuller & Hornsby
Williamsburg Orthodontics
Williamsburg Plastic Surgery, Johnstuart Guarnieri, MD 
 *All businesses and individuals listed supported our mission in 2019 through sponsorship of  “A Calendar A to Live By.”  
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, May 14, 2020 | More Post by

H4TG wants to help support the businesses & those in the local community who have supported us! Many are facing hardships during this time of social distancing; we send our love and support to all of you.

Join Here for the Girls in showing our appreciation for these generous sponsors from our various signature events last year.

Each week, we will be sharing ways to support other businesses and community donors, so stay tuned to our blog!

A.B. Harris, Inc

American Family Fitness

And I Love Her Violins Elegant Ensembles for Special Occasions

Andersons Home & Garden Showplace

Anna Lind Photography

Berret’s Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill

Big Top Entertainment

Branscome, Inc.

Budget Blinds of Williamsburg

Carter Machinery

Chef K Cooking

Cloud 9 VoIP, LLC

Colonial DJs

Colonial Sports

Compass Wealth Strategies

Daily Press

The Flower Cupboard


Gillette Law Group

Harris House of Henna

The Health Journal

Henry S. Branscome, LLC

HHHunt, Vickie Skutans

Hudgins Contracting

Integrated Audio Video, LLC

James A Burden DDS & Associates

James River Audio Visual Services

Johns Brothers Security + Schaubach Companies

Knights of Columbus Council 5480

Liberty Warehouse, Inc.

Mark’s Pest Control

Marrow Transportation

MatchSticks BBQ Co.


Micro Tour

Morrison’s Flowers & Gifts

Erwin Nachman

National Exterminators

Lynn Newcomer, Bagpiper

Oceans & Ale

P.J. Deyo Aerial Photography


Point2Running, LLC


Purity Day Spa

Quarterpath Dental

Queen of Virginia Skill & Entertainment Charitable Giving

Revolution Golf + Grille

Riverside Health System

Ryan Homes

Sign Visions

Signature Consultants

Sportsman’s Grille

Streamline Roofing

Towne Insurance + Towne Benefits



Ultra Endodontics, LLC

Virginia Beer Company

The Virginia Gazette

Virginia Oncology Associates

The Virginia Turfgrass Association

Wedding Corner Invitations

Williams Landscape & Design, Inc.

Williamsburg Event Rentals

Williamsburg Families

Williamsburg Neck & Bank Center

Williamsburg Photo Booth

Williamsburg Salt Spa

Williamsburg Smiles

The Williamsburg Winery

WMBG AM 740 / FM 93.5 The Burg

WTKR, Jessica Larche


Wynne Ford-Volvo

*All businesses listed contributed to either the Annual “Breast” Ball Golf Tournament, the Pink Carpet Gala, or the Run for the Hills in 2019 as a sponsor or in-kind sponsor.

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, May 04, 2020 | More Post by

Our lives right now are all about staying home as much as possible, keeping our family and ourselves safe, and trying to contain our worry in a worrisome time. H4TG staff are right there with you trying to figure out how to navigate this new daily (temporary) normal! We’d like to share with you some of the ideas that have worked for us when it comes to de-stressing, figuring out how to work from home efficiently, managing kids, working in some sort of fun time, and more.

When the news first broke about the 180-degree shift all of our lives would take as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, I was devastated. Of course, it didn’t help that I decided to cope (at first) by making a digital scrapbook of my child’s artwork from daycare. I held items up one by one, telling my husband she wouldn’t get the chance to do various things and that the 2020 digital scrapbook would be blank. 

But as the days went on and the reality of the situation began to sink in, our 180 turned out to be anything but devastating. I look around our home and I see my daughter’s finger paint masterpiece hanging on the fridge and her carefully curated sticker montage sitting on her little table. There are tiny cars scattered across the rug in her playroom and 7 different stuffed bunnies sitting in her tepee. We each have dedicated offices in the house with hidden tricks to help offer inspiration to a soon-to-be 2-year-old. I have finger puppets and my husband has a random assortment of items in his drawers to help entertain her. She runs around and goes about her day not knowing what is going on. She laughs, makes silly faces, and shouts out the new words she is learning. She attempts to count everything and claps for herself after doing so.  She blows kisses throughout the day and runs over to give us hugs.

So how am I coping? I am coping by looking at life through the eyes of my daughter. I know this is temporary and that we will all get to some semblance of normal one day, but for now we are together and we are safe. 

-Victoria Riley, H4TG Director of Program + Operations

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, May 01, 2020 | More Post by

As an organization that serves young women affected by breast cancer, we make sure to keep up with the latest news so we know what our women face when it comes to treatment and beyond. In this blog series, we will share the month’s news that we feel is most interesting and relevant.

April 2 – A new study indicates that breast density, microcalcifications, and masses are heritable features, and that breast density and microcalcifications were associated with a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. Read more in Medical Express HERE.

April 10 – Whether she gets it from fruits, beans, grains or vegetables, dietary fiber appears to at least slightly lower a woman’s risk for breast cancer, a comprehensive new review finds. Read the full story in HealthDay HERE.

April 13 – It is widely accepted that higher levels of body fat increase the risk of developing breast cancer, as well as other cancers. A new article proposes that a protein secreted by fat cells drives the development of breast cancer, and that certain fats are worse than others when it comes to cancer-causing properties. Read more in Science Daily HERE.

April 17 – Guidelines for the prioritization and treatment of breast cancer patients during the coronavirus pandemic have been released by a group of U.S. medical organizations. Read the guidelines in HealthDay HERE.

April 29 – Results from a first-of-its-kind study of a multi-cancer blood test in more than 9,900 women with no evidence or history of cancer showed the test safely detected 26 undiagnosed cancers, enabling potentially curative treatment. Medical teams can use the test in conjunction with imaging tests to pinpoint the location of detected cancer. Read the full story in Science Daily HERE.