Ellen's friends at JCPenney are doing something really special this month to help the fight against breast cancer. Also, the Ellen Shop has some fun new items to help the fight!

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Karen Bryant
240 days ago

My niece, Kara Ford, had a bi-lateral mastectomy this morning in Phoenix. She is 28 years old and a mother of two young children. She had her own business, but unfortunately, didn't carry any health insurance. Ironically she was an amazing hairstylist who now has no hair. She has a blog journaling about her battle with stage four breast cancer. She is the bravest woman I know. I don't know what I'm asking Ellen, I've seen some of the great things you've done for people in need on your show. I know that you are partnered with JCP in the fight against cancer. If I could wish for anything it would be that I could take her place and fight this battle for her. Thanks for reading this far if you have. I just had to tell Kara's story to someone who might be able to DO something.
Karen

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Anne Tolley
290 days ago

Everything you have done to raise money for breast cancer is so meaningful to me. I had a radical mastectomy in the late seventies. I had several lymph nodes involved and was given only six months to live. I had two years of chemo and several reconstructures and I am still around!

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janeth r. cullen
297 days ago

Ellen i want to thank you for helping so many people who have had breast cancer. It's a great tribute to you for your help. I am a breast cancer survivor, twice. Had it in 2000, and was free for 8 years and then got it again, in 2008. Had a mastectomy and chemo, etc. Was a scary process esp. when i had no one to care for me. Was alone for the surgery and chemo in 2008. But i am a real survivor, and have been thru so much with my family ,etc., its unreal. But with your generosity and uplifting spirit, it helps a lot to see your great show everyday. I am from New Orleans, your hometown. Sure wish you would come and visit here soon. Would love to meet you. Janeth

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joyce philippi
298 days ago

as a thirty seven year survivor I just want to say how awesome I think it is that Ellen does so much to further breast cancer awareness as the mother of two daughters and four granddaughters I know how important this research and awareness is and I think its so great and selfless what you do Ellen thank you Joyce

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sharon salituro
300 days ago

Hello,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to my amazing niece, Annie. She is 28 years old and is engaged to a wonderful man named Rich. Together they have two children. Liam is 4 years old, and LuaJay is 6 months old. A very beautiful family!

In July, 2013 Annie was tested to see if she carried the BRCA 1 gene. The reason she was being tested is because of our family history.
o My Grandmother passed away from breast cancer
o My Mother also passed away from breast cancer
o My sister Sandy who was Annie’s mother passed away from breast cancer when Annie was only 2 ½ years old.
o My sister SueAnn who raised Annie after her mom (Sandy) died passed away from breast cancer 1 ½ years ago.
o My 1st cousin Anita passed away from breast cancer
o I myself have had breast cancer twice.
Unfortunately, we learned that Annie does have the BRCA 1 gene. Her doctor decided that she should have a base MRI done and that is when we learned that Annie also had breast cancer. This was devastating news. But Annie became determined to do whatever was needed to beat this disease. She immediately had a double mastectomy and is currently receiving chemotherapy. She also will be facing having her ovaries removed in the near future.
The hardest part for Annie is not being able to pick up her baby daughter due to her recent mastectomy, but this very brave young lady never complains. Annie had to go back to work 3 weeks after her surgery because she carries the insurance for the family. In order to avoid any day care for the children, Rich works 1st shift and Annie works from 6:00 pm until about 3:00 am. She then comes home, sleeps a couple of hours and starts her day bright and early with the children and also with the many many doctor appointments she now has. Annie must work 32 hours a week to keep her insurance. Rich’s insurance for the whole family would cost about $1500. per month. That is not an option financially.
I would also like to tell you about Mallory, She is Annie’s 1st cousin. Mallory is 25 years old and also was found to carry the BRCA 1 gene. She has postponed going to college to take care of Annie while she is going through her surgeries and chemotherapy. She moved closer to Annie and goes over every day after Rich leaves for work. In the near future she too will be facing having a double mastectomy and then Annie and her will reverse rolls and Annie will become the care taker while Mallory is recuperating from her surgery.
I myself would love to help Annie financially, but I am currently working two jobs and cannot afford to offer any financial help.
I know that you do a lot for people in the month of October who are going through breast cancer and I am hoping that maybe there is something you can do for Annie and her family. Financial help could allow Annie to take some time off of work and get some rest while she is fighting this horrible disease.
Annie never complains or asks the question “why me?”. She does not even know I am writing this letter. Her positive outlook is amazing and I am sure this is what will get her through this ordeal. Her ability to handle difficult situations was very evident when she lost her brother Jay who was killed by a drunk driver.
Annie, along with my two sisters that I have lost to breast cancer are my heroes and I admire them for their courage and determination while fighting this illness. I did not mention that I am Annie’s aunt and that I also carry the BRCA 1 gene.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Sharon Salituro
8750 Sheridan Rd. #22
Kenosha, Wi 53143
Phone # 262-694-1334.

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Sandy Eames-Day
302 days ago

Ellen-

This is awkward. I always promote others, not myself.

I'm usually a healthy go-getter, but last year I had a brain hemorrhage which truncated my medical career. This year I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a double mastectomy and am on chemo.

Despite being 65 I followed my lifelong dream to own a horse and last month my horseback riding trainer, Maria, gave me a huge discount on a 4H and WSCA trained sorrel mare, Suzie. Maria has utmost confidence in my ability to compete well.

My goal is to promote breast cancer awareness at every competition and fund equine therapy for women with breast cancer regardless of their stage or fragility.

The glitch is that I'll need a specialized saddle that costs far more than I can afford.

My husband says that he watches your show whenever he can because "Ellen makes me happy". Recently I joined him and found out that he's RIGHT!

With cowgirl hat in my hands and head bowed, would you consider helping me achieve my goal?

Thank you for your consideration,
Sandy

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Mimi Reed
302 days ago

Dear Ellen,

In light of breast cancer awareness month I would like to tell you about three young children 10, 15 and 18 who just lost their 41 year old mother last month (Sept 2013) to this awful disease. They are all now divided, living with friends and relatives because they also lost their father to a massive heart attack in 2006. As a community we are rallying to fundraise in order to help these kids, now orphaned because of unfortunate diseases that took both their parents. We as family and friends would like to bring love and light these heartbroken kids in any way we can. I know you can only do so much for a certain few but these children were left horribly unprepared for their future. Thank you for listening - this disease is so brutal and affects so many.

Take care,

Mimi

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Margie Keyantash
302 days ago

As a breast cancer survivor, I would love to attend just one taping of the Ellen show in October (or first available date). I'm a long time fan and just love her. Please consider me as one of your audience members!

Margie Keyantash
Mkeyantash@yahoo.com
562-208-9354

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Debbi Starr
303 days ago

Hi Ellen..Thank you so much for your support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Early detection is key. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Oct 26, 2012, had a mastectomy and I'm doing great.
Get your mammograms!

ps. Love your show!

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Lyndell Finlayson
303 days ago

https://m.facebook.com/bbacjwsh An amazing support for those fighting breast cancer xxx

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Susan Jones
303 days ago

Hi Ellen...
I am a big fan and now that I am retired I get to watch you everyday. I too am a breast cancer survivor. I had double mastectomy Dec. 2011, now very healthy. I am a very lucky woman! Before my surgery I had to put my stress to good use so I designed a post-shower fabric sling that holds the pumps that hang out of your chest for about 2 weeks. They turned out so well that I now make them and donate them to our local breast cancer center. Ladies just love them. I am retired and have limited funds to purchase the fabric to make them....so do you have a resource that I can access to get supplies so I can continue making and donating these? Thank you for being such an inspiration.
I love your "be kind to one another" comment each day.
Love.....Susan Jones, Medford Oregon

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Kay Campbell
303 days ago

To all of the previous commenters: I wish you nothing but good health but do not stop being vigilant! NO ONE dies of breast cancer IN the breast . To learn about the rest of the story consider going to http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com and the feature called Courage and Strength.
Also, October 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Day.
Kay Campbell
So much more than Stage 4!

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LuAnne Mantia
303 days ago

Ellen - Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I would really appreciate you mentioning my 91 year old aunt that just celebrated 57 years as a breast cancer survivor!! How wonderful is that. Maybe you can have everyone email their family,friends and anyone they know that is a survivor. My aunt still participates in the local parade every year. This is such a wonderful acomplishment!
Just mentioning her name on the air would make her day. Her name is Bernice Clapsaddle and lives in Millbury Ohio.

My mother, her sister was a 40 year survivor prior to passing 5 yrs ago.

Thanking you in advance. Love you LuAnne Mantia

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Dorothy Smiley
303 days ago

Ellen, I think it is wonderful what you are doing for Breast cancer ,I lost my grandmother to this horrific disease and several family members and one dear friend ,it is a devastating disease, I make sure My mom , sisters and I get our screening done regularly. Thank you it would be an honor to wear one of your hoodies , I will buy one when my husbands paycheck comes in.God bless you

Dorothy Smiley

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