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Giving It Back & Paying It Forward--Susan G. Komen

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Giving back to our community is our goal whenever we buy and sell real estate.

Every year we donate a portion of our income from real estate transactions to worthy cause organizations we support.

Please take a moment to learn about one of the charities that has touched our lives.

Susan G. Komen

From patients bravely battling disease to the visionaries searching for cures, be inspired by their stories and learn how your gift makes an impact.

"Stop looking at what Dr.Google says can go wrong and start looking at survivor stories so that you can see firsthand how things can go right."

A Mother's Resilient Journey Through Cancer

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At the tender age of 28, just two months after giving birth to her son, she faced a daunting diagnosis: Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. With a toddler at home and a newborn, the weight of waiting for results and treatment plans was almost unbearable. Yet, after undergoing intensive treatments, surgeries, and therapies, her spirit remained unbroken. Inspired by other survivors, she took to Instagram, sharing her story transparently, and in return, found a community of women with shared experiences. Her message? "Stop looking at what Dr. Google says can go wrong and start looking at survivor stories so that you can see firsthand how things can go right.

Breast Cancer Survival Rates in the U.S.

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Breast cancer survival depends on a person’s diagnosis and treatment.

A main factor in survival is breast cancer stage. People with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or early-stage invasive breast cancer have a better chance of survival than those with later-stage breast cancers.

Measures of survival

There are different measures of survival including overall survival, breast cancer-specific survival, relative survival and population survival.

When you see a survival rate, it’s important to understand the differences between these measures. For example, breast cancer-specific survival is described below.

Breast cancer-specific survival rates

Disease-specific survival rates, such as breast cancer-specific survival, show the percentage of people who have not died from the disease over a certain period of time after diagnosis.

Five-year breast cancer-specific survival shows the percentage of people who have not died from breast cancer 5 years after diagnosis. These rates vary by breast cancer stage. Click here to read the full article.

Breast Cancer Stage*

5-Year Breast Cancer-Specific Survival

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Why Michael is Paying It Forward

Eighteen years ago, life presented an unexpected challenge to Michael and his wife, Brook, in the form of a breast cancer diagnosis. Witnessing Brook's resilience and enduring spirit as she continues to thrive after nearly two decades serves as a poignant testament to the importance of research, awareness, and community support. Driven by this deeply personal connection, Michael has become an ardent supporter of the Susan G. Komen organization. Their mission resonates with him profoundly, reminding him of the battles countless individuals face daily and the hope that organizations like Susan G. Komen bring to them. Every effort Michael dedicates to this cause is a tribute to Brook's journey and a beacon of hope for countless others touched by breast cancer.

Brook is Still Raising Funds for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day!

There's still time to donate to Brook's next 3-Day walk for a cure with Susan G. Komen! Please help support her by contributing.

Refer your family, friends & colleagues!

Who do you know considering buying or selling a home you could refer to our real estate sales team? Not only will they benefit from our award-winning real estate service, but a very worthy cause will benefit as well. Give us a call at 925-351-4924!


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About Michael Forkas: Michael Forkas is not your typical real estate agent. After building a successful real estate development company, he pivoted his career to provide unmatched service to homeowners. Michael stands by his promise: "Your Home SOLD Guaranteed or I'll Buy it at a Price YOU Agree to!" He won't sell you a home he wouldn't buy himself, ensuring a trademarked approach that guarantees satisfaction and success.

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