FORD IN ACTION – with Diane Heller

TAKE ACTION: Join Diane’s Fight!


I felt a lump in my breast but knew I had an appointment for a mammogram in a month so I thought I was covered! The next week I had an appointment with a new internist and she insisted that I make an appointment for a diagnostic mammogram that week. During the mammogram visit they said they needed to take a few biopsies and at that point I knew the news would be serious! Within a few days I was diagnosed with breast cancer!

I feel I can speak for most women when I say that being diagnosed with breast cancer is terrifying. I’m so grateful for the support I had from my husband, three sons, daughter-in-law and their girlfriends along with my friends far and near. People called, sent cards, traveled by plane to visit and brought meals and love throughout!

The Komen Race for the Cure became another instrumental avenue for everyone to support me! Our family has always been philanthropic and believes in taking action. To be positively proactive, my sons learned about Komen Atlanta’s Race for the Cure. My sons created a team, ‘Fight Like Hell-er’ and asked friends, family and co-workers to participate in the race and fundraise. We became part of the Komen Atlanta community and this was an opportunity through which our family could make a difference. What started as a race we could participate in as a family, became a race day team of over 50 people and the highest non-corporate fundraising team at Komen Atlanta’s 2017 Race for the Cure with over 100 people contributing to the cause!

Now, I am essentially breast cancer free. As with all survivors, we are aware there is potential the disease can return. Today, we are Komen Atlanta advocates. We encourage others to take action to find the cures for breast cancer – whether that means to participate in this year’s More Than Pink Walk, fundraise or share the importance of early detection.

Komen Atlanta provides breast health and breast cancer services for women in metro Atlanta who otherwise cannot afford them and funds cutting edge global research to find cures.

Register for the MORE THAN PINK Walk here.

– Diane Heller