Heather was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas to a German-American mother and I Mexican father where she lived until the age of five. Both parents suffered from mental illness, Schizophrenia and Borderline Personality Disorder. She spent the next fifteen years in the northern side of Mexico having raised her younger siblings and moved back to Arkansas in 2001 where she attended High School and College and attended the University of Central Arkansas where she studied Business Management and Administration with a minor in Psychology. In 2005 she became the first title holder of Miss Arkansas Latina and is the former Vice-President of LULAC Council 750 in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2007 she made the transition to the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan as a result of obtaining custody of two younger teenage siblings, one suffering from Bi-Polar Disorder. Heather worked in retail management, human resources and recruiting for about twelve years until her diagnosis.
Heather serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Chairman of the Board of the Cancer has Cancer Foundation. The charity's name comes from Heather's zodiac sign of being a Cancer having Cancer. In September of 2010 at the age of 28 she was diagnosed with a less than 2% aggressive form of Ovarian Cancer, Germ Cell mix Epithelial Stage III-C. After undergoing a six hour surgery the next day for de-bulking of the 17cm by 14cm mass and others that had spread. Removal of a dozen lymph nodes, parts of her stomach and intestinal track and nearly both ovaries, she underwent aggressive treatment regimen referred to as the BEP, a form of Chemotherapy. At the end of her treatment she was given these results 60% chance of a recurrence before the five year mark, if so 10% chance of living past the five year mark and a 40% chance of having children. As a result of her drastic diagnosis she decided to dedicate herself to supporting research that will lead to finding a cure for all cancers through raising funds towards Molecular Cancer Research in hopes to find a cure within her life time while finding a personal balance and living life in the here and right now.
As a result of Heather's own diagnosis of Major Depression, ADHD, PTSD and Anxiety she is an advocate not only for Cancer Awareness but also supports the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in awareness for mental health. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her two dogs Owen (7 year old Cocker Spaniel) and Chanel (4 year old Chihuahua).
Christina serves as Vice-President for the Cancer has Cancer Foundation, she attended Texas A&M where she obtained a B.A. History, B.S. Agricultural Economics and M.A. English with a minor in Anthropology from Texas A & M. She comes from a long line of attorneys, but chose to be an educator. Her grandfather had Prostate Cancer and her cousin survived Leukemia. It was also Christina's idea to create the sub-charity Pinche Cancer to accurately target the Hispanic community and raise awareness.
Lizett Castillo Director of Marketing Contact: email@example.com 855-CHC-CURE Ext. 03
Lizett is a Non-Hodgekin's Lymphoma Survivor and a Paralegal. She serves as the organizations ovarall marketing director and marketing strategies in the Hispanic demographics for our Pinche Cancer Sub-Charity.
Tamara Perry Director of Social Networking NYC/DC Metro Area Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 855-CHC-CURE Ext. 04
Tamara serves as Social media Director of Cancer has Cancer Foundation. On February 15. 2011, life took a deep blow for her and her family. She was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer Stage II-C which attacked the right ovary. After going through 10 ½ months of extensive Chemotherapy she was giving the good news that she was finally in remission. It does not mean that she is cancer free. She was giving a 45% chance of recurrence before the five year mark of being totally cancer free and 60% chance of having children which she desperately wants.
She was put in contact with Heather for guidance and moral support and was then asked to join the Foundation on February 8, 2011. In efforts to raise awareness for all types of cancers, not just her type which she was so very excited to become a part of to find a cure for all. Tamara attended The University of Phoenix where she studied Business Management. She plans to go back to school for Radiation Therapy so she can fulfill her purpose with working closely with Cancer patients. There is nothing more than what she feels she needs to devote her life to other than Awareness. She also has a passion for singing which she has been in various groups and sung back up for various entertainers. It doesn’t stop there she is also a great poet ask her to write something and it will be done in 20 minutes or less. Dedication to the common goal at hand for the foundation is what she is all about.
Brittany Castillo Los Angeles, California Contact: email@example.com 855-CHC-CURE Ext. 04
Brittany Chanell Castillo was born and raised in Orange County, CA. She is an only child and has always been active in sports, especially softball. She has played softball since she was 5 years old. Brittany attended Fullerton High School where she played varsity softball 3 years and 1 year varsity tennis. Going on to play college softball at Fullerton College and receiving her AA in Liberal Arts.
She was diagnosed with stage 3.75 of Ovarian Cancer at age 23 in May 2010. The cancer had attacked both ovaries, uterus, colon, bladder, lymph nodes and fallopian tubes. Not only was the tumor in her left ovary bigger than a volleyball but in her right ovary there was a dermoid, which has a 1-2% of being cancer, she was in that small percentile. She had a full hysterectomy. Going through chemotherapy from July 2010 to October 2010. Thankfully she is moving towards remission now for 2 years and is staying positive.
On one particular night Brittany decided to go on Facebook and see if she could find anybody going through something similar as her. The "Heather has Ovarian Cancer" page came up, she quickly reached out to her and got an immediate response from Heather and the rest is history. :-)
Like Tamara, Brittany loves to write poetry its a passion she has always had. Brittany currently works at the Southern California Gas Company where she has been since May 2009, she is part time and feels once she gets to Full time with a set schedule she will go back to school to get her Bachelor's degree.
Viktoria serves as our Advertising Director for the entire organization and holds a B.A. in Advertising with a minor in Russian from Southern Methodist University. She is a former athlete and set the woman's national high jump record for 2007-2009 for her native country Estonia. In 2008 she qualified to represent Estonia in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her grandmother is a cervical cancer survivor and lost a classmate at SMU to Leukemia in 2008.
Monica Vazquez Perez Pinche Cancer Ambassador 855-CHC-CURE Ext. 04
Health Care Provider at Parkland Memorial Hospital in the Gynecology/Oncology Unit. Monica met Heather as she was undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatment and they stayed in touch. Her grandfather passed away from Lung cancer and she lost her best friend to Cervical cancer. Monica serves as a link between our organization sub-charity Pinche Cancer and the Hispanic or bilingual community.
Edhiel Martin-Villa Pinche Cancer Ambassador & Social Media 855-CHC-CURE Ext. 04
Team Houston, Edhiel lost his mother to breast cancer on September 22, 2003. 7 years later on September 22, 2010 Heather was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Interesting enough these two people knew each other 15 years ago in la Prepa. Ricardo Flores Magon and as fate would have it, cancer awareness brought them back together.