Our Team’s Story: We Race for Eva

Race Large Banner_2014Guest Writer: Dawn Baldesi

Our story goes beyond my life but involves several others, both family and friends. My name is Dawn, and I am one of the very lucky ones. I was diagnosed with a rare genetic BRCA2 breast cancer after losing my sister, Debbie. My other sister, Sue, also was diagnosed, plus my father was going through stage 4 colon and prostate cancer.

After all this, I reconnected with a friend, Eva Lagage-Nettles, who shared the story of her fight with breast cancer with me and several other friends  – Kali, Diane and Lorri, who are also breast cancer survivors. Eva always gave us such hope; she never quit trying to educate us.

Eva and friends at their last luncheon with Eva

Eva and friends at their last luncheon with Eva

Eva’s husband moved their family back to St. Louis when Eva’s cancer had metastasized and treatments were just not enough to stop it any longer. Eva spent as much time with her family and friends as possible, always putting everyone else ahead of herself.

You can see the impact she had on the hearts she touched; just read the message below that her husband shared with all of us on Facebook the day after her service. That was the day all her friends decided we would continue to fight for her. In her memory, our team’s name is Eva’s Gang.

This will be our first time as a team at the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure.

Eva’s husband wrote (in part): “Evie, I said my last goodbye yesterday, sweetheart, encapsulated in my final love note to you, although I doubt anyone who was present needed to hear any public proclamations of my love for you. You would have been amazed at how many people showed up to see you off these past few days. The outpouring of love and support for myself and our kids is nothing short of breathtaking. You really did touch many, many lives in your time here. I always told you that your life was serving as an inspiration to others….”

Join us for the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 14. Visit www.komenstlouis.org.

Why do you race? Share your story: prstories@komenstlouis.org.



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