If you have participated in our annual Race for the Cure events, you have probably seen someone walking with a pink sign on their back reading, “In Memory of,” or “In Celebration of.” Each of these people have a story and a reason why they are walking or running. There are so many stories of hope, inspiration, and love. Team Shaneka Solis is one of those stories of love. In Stephanie Solis’ own words, here’s why Team Shaneka is participating this year.
“Team Shaneka was formed in honor of my sister, Shaneka Solis. Shaneka was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer on November 3, 2011 at the age of 32. Her diagnosis came as a complete shock to our family as we had no immediate family history of breast cancer. As devastating as this diagnosis was, we were determined to face it head on and fight with everything in us to help Shaneka beat it.
Our first Race for the Cure team was formed in 2012; our initial team goal was 50 members and a $500 fundraising goal. With each person registered our excitement for Team Shaneka Solis grew. Shaneka’s 12-year-old son took on the role of designing our team t-shirt and her employer Modern Medical generously provided every member of our team with one of those shirts. By race day we had exceeded both of our goals, registering more than 100 team members and raising more than $1,000. Race Day was such an exciting day for Shaneka; seeing all the people that had gathered to support her and the fight against breast cancer along with meeting other survivors. She left the race feeling so encouraged by all of the enthusiasm and more determined than ever to do everything she could to beat cancer.
On November 20, 2012, doctors discovered that the cancer had spread to her spinal fluid and even though treatment options were limited, Shaneka did not get discouraged – she instead chose to continue fighting. Throughout this ordeal Shaneka courageously endured two rounds of intravenous chemotherapy, five intrathecal chemotherapy treatments and two rounds of radiation. Unfortunately Shaneka lost her battle on December 12, 2012.
We should all join the fight against breast cancer because every one of us is at risk. There was no immediate family history of breast cancer in our family, but breast cancer invaded my sister’s life.
Shaneka’s fighting spirit lives on in every member of Team Shaneka Solis as we remain committed to making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Our 2013 team goal is to have 200 members and raise at least $2,500.”
You can support Team Shaneka Solis by joining or donating, click here.