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Has someone in your life battled breast cancer? When shared, these stories of strength and survival are a powerful way to spread hope across Central Florida.

AdventHealth for Women's PINK OUT campaign hopes to bring awareness to the importance of early detection. Make sure you schedule your mammogram today!

Read some of the amazing Survivor Celebration stories below. From a 51 year old man who had to get 33 lymph nodes removed to a patient nicknamed "The Machine" because she's been fighting breast cancer for upwards of 15 years... here are their amazing stories.

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Milton Harris

Nathalie McKenzie Milton Harris – Milton first noticed something was wrong when he felt a pea-sized knot in his breast that seemed like it was growing. While he wasn’t regularly going to the doctor for annual check-ups, he found a primary care physician and started his journey. After initial testing, Milton was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. After his diagnosis, Milton’s partner recommended AdventHealth, specifically the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic at Altamonte due to the ease of access patients have when they visit with their specialists in one appointment. Milton got connected with his breast surgeon, Dr. Lisa Minton, who performed a mastectomy for Milton and removed 33 lymph nodes. Milton continues to work with his medical oncologist, Dr. Martin Dietrich, to monitor his health. He is now passionate about educating on male breast cancer and is hoping to get involved with the community to raise awareness. Milton is 51 years old and loves spending time with his partner and her daughters.

Justine Finochiarro-Doles

Justine Justine Finochiarro-Doles – Justine’s journey with cancer is truly incredible. At 18 years old, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease, which was followed by three recurrences of breast cancer. Fortunately, she can now say she is a four-time cancer survivor. She has been working with breast surgeon, Dr. Lisa Minton, for almost 20 years to monitor any recurrence, and has had a lumpectomy, followed by a double-mastectomy in this timeframe. She is now working with medical oncologist, Dr. Martin Dietrich, to monitor her health, and stays very active with her community. Justine is passionate about fundraising for breast cancer research and programs and leads a survivor dragon boat racing group called Warriors on Water. Dragon boat racing has been shown to be an effective exercise for breast cancer patients as it assists with arm/pectoral strength and helps with lymphedema symptoms. To learn more about this group, visit: WarriorsOnWater.com

Carley Glass

Carley Carley Glass – Carley was flying back from Michigan when she first noticed something was wrong. She was taking off her sweatshirt at the airport and noticed an intense pain in her breast. She booked an appointment with her physicians when she got back home, and they sent her in for immediate testing. She was ultimately diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. Already familiar with AdventHealth, Carley became a patient of the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic at Altamonte and worked with Dr. Lisa Minton for her surgery. She continues to visit her medical oncologist, Dr. Martin Dietrich, to monitor her health overall. Carley is passionate about medical research and largely contributes to the field through her work. She hopes to encourage others to get screened regularly and believes that early detection is the key to survival.

Beth Brissette

Beth Beth Brissette – Beth has been dealing with health issues for some time now. In April of 2017, Beth had surgery to remove four benign brain tumors, which caused her to have mobility issues. Since she was regularly visiting her physicians due to this, she was being screened for breast cancer with annual mammograms. Her mammo in February of 2019 revealed something that required a biopsy; Beth was ultimately diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. Beth has been working with medical oncologist, Dr. Carlos Alemany, to monitor her health. Beth is currently 65 years old and used to work as a school teacher.

Christine "The Machine" Boccabella

Christine Christine “The Machine” Boccabella – Christine has been dealing with breast health issues since 2005. Back then, she started to notice lumps in her breasts, which upon further testing, luckily turned out to be benign. She had the proper surgeries to remove the masses, but she also knew there was a history of breast cancer in her family (her mother is a survivor, and a couple of her aunts on her father’s side are as well), so she knew she had to be proactive and stay vigilant going forward. A mammogram early in 2019 revealed that Christine had an aggressive form of breast cancer. Working with her breast surgeon, Dr. Lisa Minton, Christine underwent a double mastectomy, and Dr. Amber Orman for her radiation therapy. She continues to work with her medical oncologist, Dr. Adnan Akhtar, to monitor her overall health. Christine is now focusing on recovering and makes the most out of every day. Her nickname, “Christine The Machine” was lovingly given to her because nothing can keep her down.

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