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Thanksgiving Message

Thanksgiving Message

I was in the office today sitting with yet another inspirational patient who, in the midst of making decisions and plans for an upcoming bilateral mastectomy, took a moment to ask me about my Thanksgiving and made me promise I was going to take some time off to relax and be with my family. I thought two things – first, did I look worn out and in need of a vacation, and second, how amazing for someone to be in the midst of a life-saving but life- changing surgical plan with all the potential issues involved yet in the same moment find the kindness to care for someone else.

It reminded me of a recent sermon in which a quote or comment from A. W. Tozer was discussed where he plead with his fellow man (and woman) to not walk with the world, but to walk with the Holy Spirit. Having that perspective allows you to be weeks away from major surgery for breast cancer yet find time to worry about the well-being of others. That perspective allows us to face the trials and tribulations in life and to not let them erode our confidence and faith. And when we do falter, we find ourselves lifted up time and time again.

This intent or purpose to distance ourselves from the pull of negativity and complacency leads to amazing discoveries in the fight against cancer, it led me to start a foundation whose sole purpose is to provide answers for those who don’t know where to turn, and it gives us the ability to face any challenge with courageous intent. And when human nature strays us from our bearing, we can be thankful that for all those that say things aren’t possible, we can walk with Someone for whom anything possible.

Thank you everyone for all the kind words that are written and spoken every day and for allowing us to be part of your lives.

Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving,

Dr. Weintritt

Scottish Walk

Please join us for this year’s Scottish Walk in Old Town on Saturday, December 3rd at 11:00am. Join us for lunch following the walk at Blackwall Hitch. Please rsvp for the lunch to martha.carucci@gmail.com.

Walk T-Shirts

Thanks to all of you who walked on October 16th. We were happily overwhelmed with the turnout and apologize that we ran out of walk t-shirts. If you registered and didn’t receive a shirt and would still like one, please email martha.carucci@gmail.com. We will order more shirts and arrange two possible pick-up dates at the National Breast Center at Mt Vernon Hospital.

Letter from Dr. Weintritt about the Walk to Bust Cancer

Save-The-DateI know many of you have been in the room as the recipient of a new diagnosis of breast cancer. I also know how courageous, strong, and determined you’ve been to not let cancer win. I know others who have rallied to support a loved one – not always knowing exactly what to do, but determined to make a difference and to NEVER let the person dear to your heart EVER feel alone. These are the moments that show how the will to survive and the compassion to give can overcome any obstacle, and Sunday was one of these moments.

Now imagine someone with no resources or support who can’t even imagine overcoming the challenge of getting a mammogram, much less dealing with an abnormal finding. Also imagine any of us trying to make a decision without being presented all the treatment options. These scenarios happen every day. Our mission is clear. Find those who need a hand and give it to them. Create a plan that is inclusive and effective and make it happen.

The Walk to Bust Cancer is about turning awareness into action. We’ve already begun the process of funding mammogram screening as well as biopsies of abnormal findings. We’ve also figured out a way to provide genetic testing to all women who qualify so we can treat and protect whole families as well. One day at a time, one life at a time, one vision for all.

First Annual Walk to Bust Cancer

Please join us for the First Annual Walk to Bust Cancer on October 16, 2016 at Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria, VA.  For information or to register, please go to www.walktobustcancer.org.