Aimee Reed named 2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Honoree
The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation has named Aimee Reed of Pawcatuck as the Honoree for the 4th Annual Westerly Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Aimee was also this year’s recipient of the 2016 Relay for Life of Greater Westerly Courage Award. “In the race against cancer, Aimee Reed, a triathlon athlete who was given a diagnosis of a rare form of breast cancer last year, has inspired others with her bravery, endurance, and willingness to help others.~Catherine Hewitt – Westerly Sun Staff Writer
In April 2015, then-32-year-old Aimee Reed of Pawcatuck found a lump the size of a golf ball on the right side of her breast. The diagnosis was inflammatory breast cancer, technically called stage IIIC inflammatory breast cancer, triple negative and BRCA-2 positive. Triple negative means that the three receptors that engender most breast cancers — estrogen, progesterone, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 — are absent. BRCA-2 is a gene that helps suppress cell growth; individuals who inherit certain mutations in the gene have a much higher risk of getting breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation.
A triathlete, Aimee could not compete in the 2015 season with her friends. But they did not want to race without her at all, so they formed the We TRI 4 Aimee team, and wore their team shirts at every competition. “They dedicated their entire triathlon season to me,” Aimee told The Westerly Sun in June, 2016. “It’s humbling to know I have these supports and friends who are rooting me on.”
In 2016, Aimee set a personal goal to complete six sprint triathlons before year end. She participated in the first triathlon in May and at the end of the day, she actually completed seven triathlons when she crossed the finish line at the Ocean Community YMCA on September 25.
Aimee works full-time assisting individuals with disabilities. She learned about the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation through Michele Gardner, the 2014 – 2nd Annual Greater Westerly Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign honoree. Aimee has chronicled her journey from diagnosis through treatment on Facebook. We share some of her posts with you here – you can follow her Facebook Community Page at We TRI 4 Aimee