The Breast Cancer Support Saskatoon group began when several women diagnosed with breast cancer identified a gap in support services in the area. Thanks to their passion and dedication, the support group was launched. The support group is led by 4 facilitators.
Nathalie Baudais was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2008 (at the age of 29) and with metastatic breast cancer in 2011. Her treatments have included multiple surgeries, chemotherapy regimes and radiation therapies. She has the BRCA1 genetic mutation. Nathalie is married and has one child. She works full time and is involved with a variety of breast cancer charities, as: patient advocate for cancer research, member of Rethink Breast Cancer’s metastatic advisory board, patient representative for Canadian Breast Cancer Network’s Living Legacy and It’s About mBC Time Campaigns; organizer for Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day- Saskatoon.
Deanna Ratzlaff was diagnosed with Multifocal Er+ Pr+ IDC April 2015 at the age of 44. Her treatments included several surgeries, chemotherapy and Tamoxifen. Deanna is a wife and mother of 2 daughters. She works for the Saskatoon Health Region and is involved in many Breast Cancer charities in Saskatchewan. Deanna is one of the organizers for BRA Day-Saskatoon.
Gerarda Paton was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2014. Her treatment included surgery, radiation and aromatase inhibitors and she is currently awaiting BRACA1 genetic testing. Gerarda is married with two grown children. She is an educator and a proud supporter of Breast Cancer research, CIBC Run for the Cure and one on one support for newly diagnosed Breast Cancer patients.
Kristen Fiolleau was diagnosed in May 2014 with triple negative breast cancer and in October 2014 with metastatic breast cancer. Treatment has included several regimes of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Genetic testing identified that she has a BRCA1+ mutation. Kristen is married and has one child. She receives benefits from Disability CPP. Kristen is also the Ambassador for the C95 Radio Marathon for Breast Cancer Research.