LIVESTRONG Leaders are individuals that make a yearly significant commitment to those in their community affected by cancer by spreading the message of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. They do this by fundraising, hosting events, bringing LIVESTRONG Foundation resources to their local hospitals and more. One of our amazing leaders from Denmark, Anne Chen, talks about why she is involved with LIVESTRONG and what she is doing in her community to help spread the LIVESTRONG Foundation message.
What does LIVESTRONG mean to you?
LIVESTRONG to me means Unity. A place to go to and turn to when facing the toughest fight in your life. Because no one should face cancer alone. Together we are stronger.
Why are you a Leader?
I have seen what cancer can do. I lost my mother to breast cancer back in 1987 and have seen friends fight the cancer battle since. Cancer does not care about gender or borders and since I am not a doctor or scientist, who can help find a cure, I felt that I needed to do something in this fight, not just on a National level, but a global level. That is why I became a LIVESTRONG Leader, the opportunity to support and work with amazing people from across the world.
What are you doing in your community?
In my community I try to do at least one physical event a year locally raising awareness, share LIVESTRONG facts on social media, wear LIVESTRONG merchandise, which often for me has lead to chats and talks with people and allowing me to tell them about what the LIVESTRONG Foundation does and my personal story.
In late 2011 I was diagnosed with cell changes (pre-cancer stages). Had I not reacted and had a check-up done, it might have turned into cancer. So, talking strongly about early detection and prevention. Besides that I support cancer events around the world, like participating in LIVESTRONG Challenges. This year part of my focus has been on the “Over Cancer Together” Mt. Fuji climb, a collaboration between myself and leaders from Japan. I continue to support and fundraise for the campaign, even though the actual climb was in July, and share my experiences and story on social media.