Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Hawaii 2015 – Portrait of Hope

Gini Martin
“I am a cheerleader for mammograms and the importance of early detection!”

When Gini Martin was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram; her only option for treatment was daily travel to and from Oahu. Not only did she have to take in the information that she would be facings weeks of radiation; but she couldn’t do it on her home island of Kauai. It was then that she turned to the American Cancer SocietyAmerican Cancer Society and was able to find the support she needed.

While Gini’s husband and daughter served as her emotional support team; the American Cancer Society sent a Reach to Recovery volunteer to talk with her about what her journey with cancer may look like and to lend a supportive hand. Then, when the time came to travel to Oahu, Gini got the help she needed from the American Cancer Society. She received assistance with her airfare and her hotel stays while traveling to Oahu for treatment – helping to make the burden of travel more bearable in those long weeks.

With the groundbreaking of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge this year; Gini knows how very important the support she received during her journey was to her and how much better it will be when neighbor island patients, like her, have a free place to stay during treatment on Oahu. When asked what she would say to people going through their breast cancer journey, she says “We don’t have to die from breast cancer anymore, we can survive!”

Join us this Saturday, October 24, for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.