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Project Self-Sufficiency in Sussex County
is conducting an awareness campaign – MAMMOGRAMS SAVE LIVES – as part of their 2010 Community Grant from the Komen North Jersey Affiliate.  Each month they are profiling a ‘success story’ to share the life-saving message that MAMMOGRAMS SAVE LIVES.  Check out these inspirational stories.



DONNA SNYDERAt the age of 51, Donna Snyder had been married for more than 25 years, had successfully shepherded two sons into adulthood, and had enjoyed a long career as a school business administrator. However, one summer, within the span of several months, Donna’s world unraveled

She spent her career as a missionary working as an obstetrical/gynecological nurse...she was surprised to learn that her native Sussex County, NJ, had one of the highest incidences of incurable breast cancer in the state..

Ruth Voreck- Breast Cancer Diagnosis at Age 85 Fails to Slow Down Sussex County Resident; Ruth Voreck still likes to windsurf on Lake Mohawk occasionally during the summer, which isn’t surprising until you realize that she recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

Margaret Hoey is a mother, a grandmother, a wife and a breast cancer survivor, who has vowed to “fight like a girl” to make sure that she continues to prevail over the virulent form of cancer she contracted two years ago. A working mother of two adult children, Margaret had always been vigilant about receiving annual physical exams and mammograms.

Sherri Foley, Routine Mammogram Saves her Life

Elaine Bostonian, Managed to receive her FDU diploma while receiving treatment

Charlene Andrewlavage, Local Massage Therapist Survives Breast Cancer, Uses Experience to Help Others

Beth Nathans, A Friendly Taunt Saved Her Life

Lynn Delfing, Local Councilwoman Survives Breast Cancer

Ginny Smith, Local Businesswomen Endorses Mammograms Saves Lives Campaign

Kate Imparato, Self-Proclaimed Poster Child Credits Mammography for Saving Her Life

Beth Zisa - Having worked as a medical receptionist for many years, Beth Zisa learned to be vigilant about her health. She received annual mammograms and gynecological exams despite the fact that there was no history of cancer in her family. She was shocked when a routine mammogram found a tumor in one of her breasts. After enduring multiple ultrasounds, an MRI and ten biopsies, she waited for two weeks to receive the results. “I almost dropped dead when my doctor called and told me I had cancer.” She hung up the phone and started to cry.

Diane Little -  When a routine mammogram detected a lump in one of Diane Little’s breasts, Diane assumed that her surgeon would immediately remove it. However, her physician declined to operate once the results of a biopsy on the tissue indicated that the lump was harmless. Feeling uncomfortable about carrying the mass around in her body, Diane insisted on having it removed. A week after the surgery she received a shocking phone call.

Joyce Rinaldi - Local Grandmother Regrets Neglecting Her Health

Francine Vince - Young Mother of Twins Beats Breast Cancer
Although she is a self-proclaimed “mammogram nut case,” breast cancer survivor Francine Vince has never had a mammogram. Francine was only 36 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage Three breast cancer. At the time, Francine was more than seven months pregnant with twins, making a mammogram a clinical impossibility.

Ethel Moricette - Positive Attitude Helps Breast Cancer Patient to Survive

A Mutual Diagnosis of Breast Cancer Brings Sisters Closer Carol was diligent about getting annual physical exams, and she began receiving mammograms at the age of 40. Leigh, on the other hand, was hardly ever ill and rarely saw a doctor for any reason. With no history of breast cancer in their family, both sisters were stunned to be diagnosed with the disease within months of each other. Leigh’s diagnosis of Stage Three breast cancer at the age of 44 left her feeling angry with herself.

Randi Jeddis - a local psychotherapist and breast cancer survivor gives a word of warning for all those women who think they may be immune to breast cancer because the results of their genetic tests for the disease came back negative

Pat Behson, Breast cancer runs in Pat’s family, so she was always diligent about taking care of herself and monitoring her own health. Pat’s diligence paid off when her suspicion that something was not right was confirmed with a mammogram. At the age of 50, Pat was diagnosed with Stage Two breast cancer.

Rhoda Seider, Unusual Birthday Celebration Included a Stop for Radiation Treatment

Sarah Corragio, A Routine Mammogram Saved Her Life