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|The 2017 Ann Haney Award|
Inspired by our founder Ann Haney, and to celebrate our 20th year. The award will be presented at our Party on the Pier: Celebrating 20 Years, June 1 at the Edgewater Hotel.
The nomination committee was so inspired by the journey of all our 2017 nominees, and all they do to support women with breast cancer in your community.
Ann Haney Award Recipient
Dikla Benzeevi’s journey
Dikla has been living with Metastatic Breast Cancer for 15 years. She is very caring and loving. She is an inspiration because she continues to tolerate the ongoing treatment associated with the disease with dignity and grace. However, she does not feel well at times, especially after treatment. She continues to pick up the phone and helps others when in need. Her family history with breast cancer, with the death of her Mom when Dikla was only 14. Dikla was diagnosed 20 years later, at the young age of 32, of advanced breast cancer. Even though there have been many advancements in treatment from when her Mom had cancer, there were more women diagnosed at an earlier age. There were very few support groups for women diagnosed at an early age. She found their cancers to be more aggressive than that of older women, and often found at a later stage because there is not any routine screening.
Dikla’s Benzeevi’s significant contributions to breast cancer support and awareness
Dikla is the founder and administrator for the "Thriving with advanced metastatic stage IV breast cancer" Facebook group for people living with metastatic breast cancer. She provides the vast and growing number of group participants with resources ranging from news of clinical trials, and strategies to manage side effects, to healthcare access, workplace rights, and information validating the complex psychosocial issues that come with a terminal illness.
"She recently attended the Young Survivors Conference and I wondered what she would gain from it since she is so well steeped in breast cancer news and advances. She told me that she likes going so other young women can see her name badge that indicates she's been living with stage for breast cancer for 13 years; she goes to give others hope."
Dikla put together a network of 1,000 young women on the West Coast. She joined every group possible. Talking to women and sharing her story. Networking with other women, doctors and any research being done or new treatments on the horizon.
Dikla’s Benzeevi’s contributions to her community.