Shelley Desmarais

Wife. Mother. Hop farmer. Cancer survivor.

I'm Shelley Desmarais and I had breast cancer.

An unexpected reminder.

Seeing my daughter's soccer team wearing pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month was really the driving force for me to go get my mammogram. There's no bigger reminder, no bigger billboard, than 25 girls dressed up in pink and saying, "mom take care of yourself."

Shelley received her mammogram at 'Ohana Mammography.

The team at 'Ohana is amazing in so many different ways. I just find their staff to be so supportive and caring and knowledgeable in that they have seen so many women and have the experience to handle any kind of situation.

The right technology, right here.

Having state-of-the-art technology in Yakima available to women to receive a mammogram and diagnose their breast cancer at the earliest point means saving and prolonging lives. Period. It means that women can have just the right technology here, just the right staff, and be assured that whatever happens with their mammogram, that they will have a great experience.

In the last 10 years, the Memorial Foundation has helped raise over $40 million.

Our community identified this need, and the Memorial Foundation helped fund this new equipment through their donors. I think when you talk about the Foundation, it is the community's Foundation.

You're never too busy.

We have about 600 acres in hops and just over a hundred in apples and cherries as well. Things are busy around here! Breast cancer showed up at a really busy time. I definitely didn't have time for breast cancer. But guess what - breast cancer has time for you! So you better get it handled and treat it seriously too.

It's as simple as getting checked.

Go get checked! It's the best thing you can do for your kids and your family, for your husband, for your friends, for you. Because everybody wants you around.

If you would like to support the work of The Memorial Foundation you can Donate here.

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