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2013 Heroes

2013 Heroes

Cati Diamond Stone

Cati Diamond Stone is the Executive Director of the Greater Atlanta Affiliate of Susan G. Komen and a breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in April 2010, Stone began seeking opportunities to help others battling cancer.

After more than a year and a half of treatment that included chemotherapy, radiation and a mastectomy, she left her job as a general counsel for a Fortune 500 company to oversee development for non-profit Cancer Legal Line, which provides legal services at no cost for those affected by cancer.

Stone became an active supporter of Susan G. Komen when she learned that a drug used in the treatment of her aggressive cancer, Herceptin, was developed through funding provided by the organization. Since her diagnosis, Stone has participated in numerous Race for the Cure events and her 3-day team has raised more than $50,000 for breast cancer research.

She joined Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta in her current role in April 2013, in part to be closer to her family in Alabama.

Malaya Southern

Malaya Southern was diagnosed with breast cancer days before Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and months before her wedding. With the development of her treatment plan delayed and complicated by the aftermath of the storm, she decided to visit the Cancer Institute of New Jersey for her treatment.

Diagnosed as Stage IV triple negative, she began chemotherapy on December 20, 2012. Given her situation, she and her fiancé, Sean, were married in front of friends and family on Dec. 29 so that he could be with her as she went through treatment. The two have scheduled a larger wedding for June 20.

After treatment initially showed signs of progress, new growth developed in May of 2013. Malaya is currently between clinical trials developed through the Precision Medicine initiative at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

A member of a local roller derby team but unable to compete, Malaya shares her passion for the sport as a bench coach and by serving on the league’s board while also assisting with planning and fundraising.

She has participated in numerous breast cancer fundraising walks and continues to share her story to help others.

She works as a sales associate for a financial services company, and plans to continue working throughout her treatment.

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