Jessica Baker-2015 Ambassador
Jessica works for Eli Lily and Company in Indianapolis. She has a six year old son that keeps her busy with school and sports. Jessica enjoys yoga, golf and reading in her spare time. After finishing her cancer treatment, Jessica became an active volunteer in the community with multiple organizations.
Jessica’s battle with breast cancer began at age 36, her son was three and she was going through a divorce. She had just transferred into a new position at her company in cancer research. During her career Jessica has had over 20 scientific publications and presentations in genetics and drug development. Jessica was completely shocked having no family history of cancer. Thinking of her son’s future, Jessica opted for a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. Jessica underwent a long journey of six months of cytotoxic chemo, 12 months of Herceptin and will continue with ten years of Tamoxifen before she is cancer free. Her last surgery was in October of 2013. Jessica is so thankful of her friends and family for their support. She is now a young survivor, with a focus on giving back to the community by sharing her story and living life with her son.
In 2013 Jessica was one of the top 100 Pink Honor Roll fundraisers for Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure in her first year as a Survivor and Team Captain. She is also involved with the Komen Pink Tie Ball and Pink Ribbon Celebration events.
Jessica’s takeaway message for others:
“I want to raise awareness that this disease can strike anyone at any time, but it is treatable if caught early. Breast cancer is life changing in many ways. I am taking the positives from my experiences and using it to educate others. I want to see a day where no one has to go through cytotoxic chemotherapy.”
City: Indianapolis, IN
Date of diagnosis: April 2012
Diagnosis: Stage II, PR+/ER+/HER2+