By Brian Ives 

As part of our We Can Survive programming, will publish a series of “Survivor Stories,” where we talk to breast cancer survivors — or their family members — about their battle.

Allie Vreeland from Staten Island, New York was twenty-eight when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

“It was surreal,” she recalls. “It was really sad. It almost didn’t hit me for a really long time. Sometimes it still doesn’t. So the emotions are all over the place on a regular basis.”

As is the case with many young women, she didn’t know too many people in her situation who had been diagnosed. Fortunately, she met up with Young Survival Coalition.

“Young Survival Coalition has been a huge support and resource for me, and I’ve made so made so many amazing friends that I never would have, if it wasn’t for YSC… but also if it wasn’t for cancer. It’s one of those silver lining moments.”

She says it was important for her to meet other young women going through what she had been though. “It’s comforting: because sometimes you feel very different from everybody else, and very different from the people that are in your life and that were in your life before cancer.”

Now in its fourth year, CBS RADIO brings together today’s biggest artists and their fans in raising awareness about breast cancer. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for every ticket sold, $2 will benefit Young Survival Coalition. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. For more information on We Can Survive, go to the show’s official website.

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