Val Skinner Foundation

2011 Heroes

2011 Heroes

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz represents Florida’ s 20th Congressional district and also serves as the Democratic Vice Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. Before joining the U.S. Congress, she was first a representative and later a Senator in the Florida State Legislature. She is a passionate leader committed to improving the quality of life for children, lowering health care costs and protecting Social Security and Medicare among other issues.

In 2009, Wasserman Schultz revealed that she underwent seven surgeries related to breast cancer in 2008 while fulfilling her responsibilities as a member of the House and maintaining an aggressive campaign schedule. She went public in order to raise awareness and hopefully alert young women specifically of the prevalence of breast cancer. Wasserman Schultz is respected by her colleagues as a fighter with tenacity and passion, and is an inspiration to many.

Jennifer Griffin

On September 28, 2009, Jennifer Griffin discovered a lump while nursing her new baby, and was soon diagnosed with stage 3 Triple Negative breast cancer. After her diagnosis, she underwent many aggressive treatments that resulted in no evidence of the disease. She is now determined to encourage others fighting the disease.

Griffin is the National Security Correspondent for Fox News Channel and has been based at the Pentagon covering military and intelligence matters since March 2007. She frequently reports from Kabul, Afghanistan and has covered events such at Operation Enduring Freedom and the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the Middle East.

Jamie Ledezma

On Valentine’s Day 2007, 27-year-old Jamie Ledezma was diagnosed with breast cancer. She courageously fought breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy while 15 weeks pregnant. After six months of chemotherapy, she delivered a healthy baby boy before undergoing four additional rounds and a bilateral mastectomy that left her cancer-free.

Ledezma is a staff attorney at the Cancer Legal Resource Center and seizes every opportunity to educate others by sharing her experience as a young breast cancer survivor. She serves as the Public Policy Chair for the California Collaborative of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, on the Board of Directors for the Central Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and as a member on the Board of Directors for Sisterhood of Survivors.

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