Meet Patti

Why Give to Komen Inland Empire?

Your gift today to the Komen California Response Fund will answer urgent needs, ensuring those facing breast cancer diagnosis can access vital services, including:

  • Patient Navigation will enhance the patient experience and reduce systemic, programmatic and social barriers to breast care and services, resulting in improved outcomes for women in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
  • Financial Assistance supports the cost of living expenses for those in active treatment
  • Virtual Educational facilitated by experts is providing critical, timely information related to breast health and COVID19, and addressing questions and concerns on how to cope with stress and anxiety.
  • Coffee Chats – Virtual Safe Community Space for survivors, those living with metastatic breast cancer and caregivers to share their stories, build connections and support during this time.
  • Mammography and Screenings for the coming surge of routine mammograms and screenings that are postponed and cancelled due to COVID-19 for uninsured or underinsured women in need.
  • Advocacy for Transformative Health Policies and improved access to affordable, high-quality breast health and cancer care services.
  • Lifesaving Research and Clinical Trials to discover new treatments.
  • Operational Support in partnership with local breast health organizations to help meet higher demands they are seeing during COVID-19 pandemic.

The Komen California Response Fund will help patients, survivors, caregivers, and families who urgently need support now more than ever.

You can help Komen California Affiliates answer the needs in your local breast cancer community.
Donations of up to $300 are tax-deductable under the new CARES Act for individual charitable giving.


Meet Patti

Patti was helped by Susan G. Komen Inland Empire. Today you can make an impact on
the life of women and men like Patti in our communities by making a donation now.

Please take a few minutes to learn about Patti’s journey…


My name is Patti and I am living with metastatic breast cancer, which means it has spread beyond the breast.

It was 2003, I was 38 years old when first diagnosed with STAGE 3, ER/PR+, HER2-Breast Cancer. I was frightened as the only think I remembered about this disease was that it had taken my paternal grandmother’s life. I opted for a mastectomy so that I “wouldn’t have to look over my shoulder” waiting for it to creep back. I endured 5 months of intense chemotherapy and after all was done, I felt life was good as every year that passed, I felt I had beat this thing, especially after my 10 year mark. 

Until October 2014 when I found a lump in my armpit. I was just starting a new job that month and had no insurance. So I contacted Susan G. Komen Inland Empire, and was given the resources to get the medical attention I needed, and yup, confirmed by biopsy, it was back. So again, chemo and 32 rounds of radiation.

Mid 2015 I’m feeling pretty good, celebrated my 50th birthday with a bang, I’m engaged to my now husband, and life is going smooth and I again had kicked this things butt, so I thought. Around the end of 2016 I started having this irritating cough and nagging pain in my back (spine) area. I notified my oncologist, we did a PET scan and on January 17, 2017 I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to my lungs and bones.

This time in complete devastation, I honestly didn’t know what to think. I was numb. This time no chemo, just treatment with oral medication. The meds did was they were supposed to do in the time frame I was given for these meds, but in March 2019 I felt a lump in my neck, biopsy done, showed progression to the nodes in my upper chest and neck area, but this time my cancer flipped from its original make up of ER/PR positive/HER2 negative to ER/PR negative, HER2 positive. So once again chemo started March 19, 2019, which I finished in July 2019. Instead of oral medication, I am still receiving infusions every 21 days. Current scans show no evidence of active disease, but as I know all to well that I am not out the clear until we find an absolute cure to this disease. 

I not only fight for myself and all of you out there fighting, I especially fight for the future of my 2 daughters and 5 granddaughters, that they don’t have to “look over their shoulder”. Many women (and men!) in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties need our help to get quality breast health resources, learn the value of early detection, and navigate their way through treatment. YOU can help with a generous gift to Komen Inland Empire for the Komen California Response Fund for COVID-19!

Your local gift can save lives in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

We need YOU. Women like me need YOU. Because breast cancer is unacceptable. Join me in making a gift today to Susan G. Komen Inland Empire to support local women on their breast cancer journey. You can give them a fighting chance to survive the disease.

Thank you for allowing me to share my story. Fight sisters, and never ever give up!

Yours in the fight,

Patti Calderon  |  Thriver and Forever Fighter, Komen IE PINK Ambassador, and Advocate  |  Lake Elsinore, CA


Thank you for being there and stepping in when you are needed.
Your local gift will empower others and impact someone who needs us now.


My family, friends, and I celebrating at the 2019 Komen Inland Empire MORE THAN PINK Walk,
where I spoke on behalf of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Thriver community.

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