Ivy McConnell-Stubbs – 2019 Race Ambassador
Her Story: Ivy’s mother was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in 2005. With a prevalent family history, Ivy underwent genetic testing in 2015. From this test, she learned she carried the BRCA 2 gene mutation. Her doctors created a plan including personal screening recommendations and yearly mammograms, despite her young age. In October 208, Ivy went in for her annual mammogram, this time to hear the news that she was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at the age of 35. She must do chemotherapy, undergo a bilateral mastectomy, radiation, and hormonal therapy, which she is still courageously fighting today.
Takeaway Message: “You are never too young to get mammograms, for early detection is key.”
Connection with Komen: Ivy has volunteered with Susan G. Komen Central Indiana for 10 years. She won Miss Black Indiana USA, which allowed her to share her story to assist in raising awareness. She believes that genetic testing is very important, especially for people with strong family histories of breast cancer. Today, Ivy spreads awareness on the importance of early detection and personalized screening plans. Occasionally, Ivy will head back to Ball State University, where she started a fashion show in honor of breast cancer awareness.