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Chad Dias is a devoted supporter of Susan G Komen. Whether he is making individual contributions to the organization, dropping his spare change in the donation bins at the grocery store, or participating in the MORE THAN PINK Walk, Chad is always looking for opportunities to be involved in the fight. After supporting two friends through their battle with breast cancer, he knows firsthand how important the cause is.
While Chad was in high school, a coworker of his was diagnosed with breast cancer, only in her 40’s. Chad made a conscious effort to support her through her journey, giving her gifts, being a good listening ear, and visiting her in the hospital. And then, while Chad was in college, a very close friend and baseball teammate of his was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 24. Chad never thought his friend – a young, male, healthy, baseball and hockey player – could ever be impacted by the disease. “I was able to go up and visit him before his surgery and actually felt his lump, which was surreal… I’m not a doctor, so I couldn’t cure them (as much as I wish I could), but I could give gifts, write notes, share kinds words, and just listen, ” Chad reflected.
“This is something that can affect anyone, at any age. Make sure you’re always checking and knowledgeable of any symptoms. Anything to help catch it early, so we can have more survivors instead of victims.”
Understanding the impact breast cancer can have, Chad is always looking for ways he can help support breast cancer research, treatment, and ultimately, find a cure. You can definitely find him rocking a tutu at the MORE THAN PINK Walk!
When asked what advice he would give to people supporting others through breast cancer, Chad encouraged, “Be there to listen. Let the person talk and tell you what they’re going through. Love them. Everyone has different needs, so it’s important to be respectful of their situation. It’s not necessarily about what you think you can help with, but what they think you can help with.”