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It Takes an Army - Melissa’s Story

Meet Melissa.  This is her story, in her own words…

“I’ve walked in their shoes, and know how they feel.”

She tells us how breast cancer survivors gave her hope for a healthy future, and how she is changing breast cancer and the lives of those newly diagnosed with this disease.

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Everyone’s story is welcome. Submit your video (or written story) at:

The “It Takes an Army Video” Collection: Yours Stories & Videos

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Additional videos will be added throughout the month of October and beyond.

A program of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, the Army of Women is a unique partnership between researchers at top universities and women who want to help find the cause of breast cancer so we can learn how to prevent it. To date, the Foundation has recruited more than 359,000 women (and some men) into the Army of Women program, with 50,000 of those volunteers engaged in helping 52 breast cancer studies.

After signing up at, members are then contacted via email blast about new studies seeking volunteers. They can either sign-up for the studies online, or if they do not qualify, they are encouraged to forward the information to a friend or family member. Every woman over 18 is welcome to participate, whether a breast cancer survivor or someone never affected.

There are currently more than 20 breast cancer studies seeking volunteers through the Army of Women. The studies are looking for a variety of women – some seek healthy women who have not had breast cancer; other studies need breastfeeding moms or pregnant women; another study needs women who have the breast cancer gene (BRCA 1 or BRCA 2); a few studies are specifically seeking African American women; while some studies are looking for menopausal and post-menopausal women; and another study is seeking those diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

The full list of open studies seeking volunteers are listed

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