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“2013 Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor”
Robin Rasmussen-Marella Continues the Fight

92128 resident Robin Rasmussen-Marella is a fighter. Since discovering she had Stage II breast cancer in 2001, she has undergone aggressive chemotherapy and nine surgeries. She has now been named the 2013 Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego.

“I’m honored, humbled and excited to be the Honorary Survivor of the Year,” shared Robin. “I want women to know they are not alone in the fight to live.” Robin knows the challenges aren’t over once you’re declared cancer-free. “For many women the battle continues long after a woman’s last treatment, with little or no information and support,” noted Robin.

Spark_28_faces_-_Robin__1560Robin lost her own mother to breast cancer just two years before her own diagnosis, making her acutely aware of the importance of education about the disease. Since her recovery, she has worked closely with Komen San Diego to provide that outreach. Her employer, Provide Commerce (parent company of ProFlowers), has joined in the fight. Fueled by Robin’s determination and drive, ProFlowers has been the number one corporate fundraising team in San Diego for the last eight years.

“I want to challenge every company in San Diego to be as committed, with as much passion and generosity as Provide Commerce has for this cause,” asserted Robin. “It is amazing how a compassionate company can help save a person’s life.”

Robin’s own inspiration is her family. “Although we live in four different states we are all very close,” reflected Robin. “I have a stepmother and stepsister, both have gone through breast cancer, and my sister, Chris, has had a preventative double mastectomy. She slept with me, holding my hand the entire night before my first chemo treatment, and continues to hold my hand in her own special way.”Spark_28_faces_-_Robin__1540

Robin insists it is not only important to get involved, it’s easy. “Know your risks and become an advocate to help others to remember to get mammograms and clinical breasts exams,” she urged. “If someone is unable to afford a mammogram, let them know that Komen San Diego is here to help.”

Watch for Robin at upcoming Komen San Diego events, including Green Flash Brewery’s Treasure Chest Fest on Sept. 7, Bowl for the Cure at Mira Mesa Lanes on Sept. 14 and the Nov. 3 Race for the Cure in Balboa Park. Visit www.komensandiego.org to register.

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Name:  Robin Delaine Rasmussen-Marella (58)
Community:  Sabre Springs
Profession:  Community Relations/Corporate Social Responsibility
Family:  Son – Dustin; Other family in Colorado, Utah and Idaho.
Hobbies:  Helping people and animals in need, hiking, spending time with family and friends, taking my yellow labs, Sunny Sunshine and Barley, to the beach