Casey’s Story

Cancer is not just a pile of numbers, or faceless and nameless people in a crowd. Cancer is real, it affects people we love…and it is personal.”

Meet Casey, The Bride Who Wore A MaskCasey

When this lovely 29 year old bride realized that her wedding dress was not fitting properly, she knew something was wrong. Specifically, since one breast was undergoing unexplained changes. Having already been to a doctor a few months before, she was ordered an ultrasound. The doctors were not very concerned, explaining that her condition was most likely due to “fibro-cystic changes.” With a sigh of relief, she went back to her wedding plans. Most young women do not even consider breast cancer as a viable concern. They dream of completing college, launching careers and starting families, just like Casey once did. However, something serious was happening inside her body.Casey-Mask

Casey had Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), a rare and highly aggressive form of breast cancer, but she didn’t know it yet.

Her nagging concern led her to make another doctor appointment. After completing more tests, she finally learned the reality of her condition and was diagnosed with stage 4 IBC. With the cancer now in her bones, she immediately began treatment. One month later, the day Casey dreamed of arrived – her wedding day. Casey and her husband smiled for the photos, and hope for the couple was high. With her best face forward, she braved the future. Naturally, her smile must have masked at least a tremor of fear.

Casey was ready and determined to beat this cancer.

Although treatment had begun, the highly aggressive nature of the cancer quickly moved into her brain. As the battle was raged on, Casey had to don a real mask; one designed to hold her head in place while she received radiation treatments for the large tumors growing in her brain. The hopeful bride quickly went from a wearing a smiling mask to wearing a mask meant to save her life.

IBC is the most fatal form of breast cancer.

The disease grows in sheets or nests instead of a typical lump or tumor, making diagnosis difficult and early detection virtually impossible. Often, no lump is felt during a physical exam or seen in a screening mammogram. Younger women are common targets for the rare and aggressive disease.

Casey agreed to share her story as a means to educate those unfamiliar with IBC and to compel people to donate to fund IBC research.

Her goal was to raise $50,000 for IBC research. Together we can reach her goal.

Please donate in honor of her fight.