Cristine Meredith Miele (“Crissy”) was a mother, wife, avid athlete (tennis player, skier, golfer, and runner), world traveler, chef, gardener, and a dear friend to many. Crissy was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer when she was 28 years old. Pregnant with her third child, the pair went through a radical mastectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy together. She delivered her baby boy early to begin an even more intense treatment program that included more chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, radiation, and hormone therapy.
Crissy’s prognosis was not good, but she fought hard and lived another twelve years. She resumed playing competitive tennis, skiing, playing golf, and taking care of her three children with her husband in the most loving and wonderful way. When Crissy’s cancer returned, it had metastasized to her liver, lungs, and bones. She continued to fight into the last weeks of her life, never giving up hope that she would somehow beat the disease. Crissy passed away in July 2010, a valiant warrior in the fight against breast cancer and an inspiration to us all. Help us keep her efforts ongoing by supporting her cause.
Why Risk Assessment and Early Detection Are Important
Crissy left behind three children, ages 15, 14, and 12, as well as her husband of 22 years. Our foundation focuses on risk assessment and early detection so that other families need not go through the trauma of losing a mother and wife.
While the news often reports important risk assessment discoveries, the reality is that a tiny percentage of known causes have been discovered. In fact, only 5-10% of breast cancer can be explained by known genetic mutations. Our foundation specifically focuses on helping find additional risk factors so that the other 90-95% of breast cancer cases can someday be predicted and treated before metastases. By funding research focused on risk assessment and early detection, we can identify high risk women and prevent breast cancer before it takes another life.