Yisa Var, Hilo, HI

At the age of 31, Yisa Var’s dreams of being a famous actress and singer were put on pause when she was diagnosed with stage II Invasive Ductal Carcinoma breast cancer.  Her diagnosis took more than a year because she was young, had no family history of breast cancer, and did not meet any of the risk factors.

The day after her initial diagnosis, Yisa turned to the American Cancer Society in search of answers and support.  Yisa explains that she “had taken part in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Hilo Community for several years, but now being a patient, the Society took on a new and profound role in my life.”

Living on the Big Island with her husband and children, Yisa was faced with challenges in receiving treatment and information because of the limited number of cancer treatment facilities.  Yisa turned to the American Cancer Society for answers to her questions.  She received information about the travel programs offered, enabling her to fly off-island for treatment.  In addition, the American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345 number and website linked Yisa to supportive programs like Reach to Recovery, where she was paired with a breast cancer survivor who “served as an ear and shoulder.”

With the information and support that she was given, Yisa was able to defeat breast cancer.  Today Yisa continues to inspire others through her community involvement as an actress, singer, mother, radio personality and as a breast cancer survivor.