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Too Young For This: Launching a Breast Cancer Foundation
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Posted May 20, 2008 | 11:59 AM (EST)
Read More: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Stories, My Vision Foundation, Living News

Alice Crisci
The day I write this blog marks the four-week anniversary of my double mastectomy. Instead of recounting the trials I have encountered while healing over these last four weeks, I am reflecting on the fourth day leading up to my surgery. That day was the most alive and present I can remember feeling ever in my life. That day was the day I debuted the My Vision Foundation.

There are people who thought I was crazy for launching a foundation for breast cancer patients while dealing with my own cancer. Those same people thought I was even crazier for hosting a debut cocktail reception so close to my surgery; especially knowing I had to facilitate an 8-hour meeting via webcam that began at 6:00 am PST. But, there were over 150 people from all over the country who disagreed with my naysayers. 100 showed up as paid guests at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California. Another 50 donated to the foundation; some were complete strangers to me who were moved by my story; others were family and friends who lived too far to make the trip, but believed in me and this vision I ha