In 2015, Westport resident Kate Pollock was diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer. She was not yet 40 years old. Her children were 4 years old, and 5 months.
Just a few months earlier, her twin sister Eliza had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Twenty-five years before that, it was their mother. None have the BCRA gene.
Kate underwent 4 biopsies, 1 lumpectomy and 33 rounds of radiation. For the next 5 to 10 years, she’ll take medication to help prevent metastasis. She practices integrative cancer care, and balances nutrition, exercise and mindfulness to prevent a recurrence.
In 2017 — a year out of radiation — she was hit with full body, debilitating joint pain. She could not walk or hold her toddler. After months of blood work and specialists, she was found to have an autoimmune disease — separate from cancer.
Recovery — through medication and holistic care — has been an uphill climb.
Kate believes the hard part is over. She feels stronger now, in every way. The unconditional love of friends and family — especially her husband — have helped immeasurably.
Kate’s twin Eliza has endured multiple surgeries, treatments and a recurrence. She is now experiencing complications from radiation.
Next Saturday (June 23), Kate tells those stories — and more — to over 300 swimmers, 100 volunteers and hundreds of spectators, at the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim. The Long Island Sound event, with 1/2-mile, 1.5-mile and 3-mile options, is open to all.
Funds raised will support the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.
In her speech, Kate will inspire the crowd before they jump in the water. Her message is: “Make waves in the fight against cancer.”
To make your own waves — as a swimmer, or boat, kayak, paddle board or land volunteer — click here. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-570-9195.