Last weekend, ReclaimAbility Pain Services participated in the Making Strides of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey walk to fight against breast cancer.
We’re proud to share that this year, our team successfully raised over $11,000 for The American Cancer Society, funding important breast cancer research and ongoing support for those affected by the deadly disease.
As we celebrate strength, hope, and community during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we cannot overlook the struggles that continue to ignite this movement.
We walk for our patients who have been affected by breast cancer. Chronic pain occurs most commonly in stage IV (metastatic) breast cancer, meaning the cancer has spread to other areas of the body such as the spine, lungs, liver, and brain. The 5-year survival rate of metastatic breast cancer is 22 percent.
We also walk for our family, friends, and team. #TEAMCAIT was named for our own Dr. Caitlin Innerfield who was diagnosed with breast cancer in August.
“Two other women in our practice have battled—and now survived—breast cancer, so it’s something that’s a dear cause to us both personally and professionally,” said Dr. Innerfield at the event.
Dr. Innerfield has been an inspiration to our staff during her battle. “Cait is an amazing doctor. Cait is an amazing friend,” said practice manager Stephanie Ricciardi. “Unfortunately, she’s [now] the patient, but she’s still pushing through, taking care of everyone else, and she’s inspiring other women to let them know that they can get through this, too.”
1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lives. In fact, breast cancer is estimated to be the highest diagnosed cancer type in New Jersey in 2019. It will also be the fourth most-deadly. This is a battle close to home for many of us.
Without hesitation, Dr. Innerfield noted, “You can do it. You just have to battle through. Be strong. It’s one foot in front of the other. It’s not easy. Every day is difficult. But what I found helps me is doing what I love, which is taking care of patients and working with amazing people.”
This weekend, we walked to acknowledge the strength and lives of all breast cancer victims, patients, and survivors. You are beautiful and you are loved.