Women Cancer Survivors Take Charge


Instead of sporting bandanas and faux-looking wigs, today’s crop of female cancer patients are covering their heads with black wool hats that brazenly say “F–K Lymphoma Research Foundation.”

To date, the company has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a growing list of charities, including the American Red Cross, Y-Me National Cancer Organization, CancerCare, First Book, First Candle, the Lymphoma Research Foundation, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

But that’s not all. In a way, cancer served as cupid for Kassan. “After getting diagnosed with cancer at a such a young age, I was more attuned to my health,” she tells WebMD.

“I had hit my head playing soccer, and when the pain didn’t abate after a few weeks, I was concerned,” she recalls. So she went to the emergency room. “The doctor was fairly sure it was nothing serious, just a bruise,” she says. This doctor is now her husband, and the two are expecting twins. “Nobody wants cancer, but the experience definitely changed my life for the better,” she says.