Introducing Rachel

Major Melons

Rachel WenteI’m Rachel, mom to two active, smart, funny sons and two crazy dogs. I’m also a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in Fall 2009, at the beginning of our county fair week. It was a wild ride for a couple years, so I’m glad to be here five years later—running, swimming, working, gardening, rolling my eyes at those now-teenage boys, and enjoying our home in Central Oregon.

I’m excited to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Fund, Sara’s Project, and the American Cancer Society. Each of these organizations does amazing work. A cancer diagnosis, while it’s not something anyone wants to hear, has a much different storyline now than it did even just a decade ago. That’s due in large part to the work of philanthropic support organizations.

Here’s to a future in which a cancer diagnosis is met with a reasonable, let’s even say easy, treatment plan. I want it to be like, “Oh. A rash (cancer). Here’s an ointment. Apply daily for two weeks.”

Thanks for helping me play a role in getting us there.

Mail: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg!

The Betty's are asking for help yet again.  This one should be SOOOOO easy!  We can receive mail during the 3-day.  I speak from experience when I say how wonderful it is to receive mail during the walk.  You can send a long heartfelt letter or a funny picture or...

I’m Throwing a Party

My primary office for work is in Redmond, Oregon. For years, I used to grab lunch a few times a week at Cross Creek Cafe, a lovely local eatery owned by Tammy Mills. They had this amazing Cross Creek wrap. It was one of the things I could eat easily during my chemo...

Universal Screening for Breast Cancer Gene

photo credit: Protein BRCA1, by Emw, via Wikimedia Commons   Mary-Claire King, the University of Washington researcher who identified the first breast cancer genes, made a recommendation this week that all women age 30 and older be screened for the BRCA1 and...

Tattoos are Here!

We ordered tattoos a few weeks ago and they're here! I love how they turned out and can't wait to wear them with the other Bettys as we walk in November. Next, we have to decide on shirts, tutus, and other assorted swag. Don't let the silliness distract from the fact...

My Cancer Story

Like all survivors, I have a cancer story. This one was first written in 2011 for a newspaper article about our local Relay for Life and I posted it on my personal website. I'm lazy, so I'm pasting most of it here instead of rewriting. As soon as I heard Dr. Maggie...

Introducing Rachel

I’m Rachel, mom to two active, smart, funny sons and two crazy dogs. I’m also a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in Fall 2009, at the beginning of our county fair week. It was a wild ride for a couple years, so I’m glad to be here five years later—running,...