The Elpis Foundation is excited to help the amazing and beautiful Katy Matthews-Clark with her fight against breast cancer.
Katy was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in December 2015. This past February, she made the difficult decision to have a double mastectomy. Shortly after the mastectomy, Katy was diagnosed with Stage 2b Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC), which means that cancer was found in blood vessels surrounding her lymph nodes.
Since her mastectomy, Katy has undergone the better part of the 14 chemotherapy treatments currently scheduled, but her battle isn't over after chemo as she will also need to undergo two additional surgeries later this year.
Katy is a fighter and has remained positive throughout this unwelcome journey with cancer. She has never asked, "Why me?", but instead has consistently kept her eyes on the prize: her 2-year old daughter and new husband. But the bills are coming; this battle isn't cheap and Katy needs our help. Please consider contributing to the Katy Matthews-Clark Fund by clicking 'Donate' at the top of the page. Every bit counts and you can make a difference with your donation. When you give, you're not only helping meet a financial need, but fighting right alongside Katy to kick this cancer's butt!
Finally, Katy's mother provided us with an incredible write-up in December, shortly after Katy was diagnosed, of how amazing Katy is and we would like to share it with everyone.
"Imagine you are 27 years old and you are planning for your upcoming wedding….you are looking at wedding gowns, thinking about flowers and bridesmaids and can hardly wait for your special day in July.
That’s what Katy was doing in December, 2015 until she went in for her annual exam and her doctor discovered a lump in her breast. Her doctor advised her to get a mammogram, which she almost postponed, after all, she was busy and mammograms cost extra money (which is more than tight right now as Katy has a 2 year old daughter in daycare). Upon some insistent nudging from her mother, Katy agreed to go have the mammogram which revealed a “suspicious” lump. A biopsy was immediately scheduled for the same day. Katy received the phone call from the radiologist the next day that confirmed the lump was indeed cancer. How could she have breast cancer, she is only 27?
So here we are today, planning for surgery and going for testing. This wasn’t in the plan at all! For those who know Katy, they will tell you she is a sweetheart. A beautiful person inside and out with her lovely fair skin and long red hair, she is one of the truly good people on this earth. If you didn’t know any better, you might think she was a child of the 60’s, she believes in love, peace and music and she is about all things good. Most of all, she is a wonderful, loving and caring mother to her two-year old Lola who absolutely adores her momma. In addition, Katy is the light in her mom and dad’s life. To quote her father, “the force is strong in this one” and we believe she will conquer breast cancer, just as she conquered the melanoma she had on her arm at 14. The timing is terrible, but there is never an ideal time for cancer. Katy’s hope is that by telling her story she can reach other young women and encourage them to be sure their doctors are checking for lumps and if a mammogram is recommended, not to put it off. Breast cancer is not just for the 50+, the 40+ or even the 30+, it is no longer a disease that just affects older women. It is real and it is happening. Early detection is the key!”