Candace's Breast Cancer Fundraiser

I am a 33 year old single mom of a sweet & funny 3 year old girl, and a sensitive & intelligent 5 year old boy. I am also a massage therapist, fitness instructor, and entrepreneur. My passion in life is to help others overcome pain & injury, and to live fuller, healthier, more active lives through bodywork and functional movement.

On August 2nd, 2018, my self-perception as an overall healthy person was shattered when I was diagnosed with stage 3 locally invasive her2+ ductal carcinoma in situ in the right breast. We had been watching a small lump for several months before the Dr finally ordered imaging to be done on it. At that point it quickly became apparent that beneath that 2cm lump, there was much, much more going on- a tumor measuring 10x5x5cm, practically that entire breast!

Over the past 2 years since becoming single, my independence has been hard wrought through much work and study to build my skillset and private practice, often at the expense of time and energy to spend with my kiddos. This diagnosis puts me in the position of needing to move back in with my parents immediately and drastically taper down my massage practice, breaking my lease on my massage suite and putting a halt to the growth I had been working so hard to achieve in my business and with my clients.

I am asking for this money to cover currently outstanding medical bills from recent scans and procedures, to pay the fees associated with early termination of my lease on my massage suite, and provide a financial cushion for times when I will be unable to work at all so that expenses like childcare and my car payment aren't put upon my parents. I expect to be out of work for at least a month and probably longer beginning in February after my bilateral mastectomy. I will be undergoing immunotherapy and chemotherapy up until that time and then again afterward, and am unsure at this moment how capable I will remain during that leg of the treatment.

I do hope to maintain the ability to teach most of my Pilates classes, do several outcall massages per week, and still make my planned trip to LA in October for my BASI Pilates certification test-out. In addition I am weighing options on CEU provider certification, health coaching, and personal trainer certification programs to reroute my career path toward modalities that will still allow me to create a big impact in my client's lives without being physically taxing on me during times when my health will not support it.

Any help during this time of change for our family is welcome and appreciated! <3

Donations (18)

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  • Christopher Masters
    • $50 
    • 5 yrs
  • Beatrice Mercado
    • $40 
    • 5 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 5 yrs
  • Bryn Farahay
    • $50 
    • 5 yrs
  • Keri Lansdell
    • $250 
    • 5 yrs
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Candace Blanchette
San Antonio, TX

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