Memorial Sloan Kettering

April 2019 Newsletter

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The first thought Claire Theobald had when she was diagnosed with breast cancer was, "Will I live to see my children graduate middle school?" It was late 2012, and Claire was a single mother of 11-year-old twins in New York City. She was also running her own small business, which was just taking off when Claire learned she had cancer. Claire would soon learn that the doctors at her first hospital had failed to detect the cancer, despite months of regular checkups and screenings. Claire was devastated, angry—and scared. "That was the lowest point of my life," she remembers. "I just sat at home and watched TV. I went through five seasons of Breaking Bad with my dog that winter." Her worries diminished immediately after her initial consultation with experts at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. "The doctors, nurses, and staff didn't waste a moment planning my treatment," Claire recalls. And when Claire discovered she was allergic to one of her chemotherapy drugs, "my doctors had three back-up plans ready because MSK has all the research and clinical trials right there. It just was so clear to me that I was in the place with the best research and the best cancer care," she says. Claire's treatment was hard, but at MSK she never felt alone. "My team stayed on top of every detail through chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery," she says. "I was awed by their expertise—and their warmth and kindness." Today, Claire is cancer-free and busy touring colleges with her twins. Her son, Alex, is introspective, with a passion for history and Mandarin. Reflecting on the Future Spring 2019 Inside: Research Update | Even 1 Percent Matters | Simplify Your Giving Claire Theobald included a gift to MSK in her will to help save the lives of other cancer patients in the future. A Survivor's Gift Claire's Legacy Continued on Page 2 I know my gift will lead to more lifesaving treatments for people just like me." —Claire Theobald, breast cancer survivor and MSK supporter "

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