My mother's friend died of breast cancer when I was in middle school. Mrs. LoRusso, as I always called her, was a fighter. She beat the disease once, and became an activist for breast cancer awareness. She appeared on The Phil Donahue Show and was featured in the New York Times, advocating for funding for studies and for health insurance companies to cover newer cancer treatments. After relapsing, she kept on fighting and even sought out experimental treatment — she took tamoxifen back in the early 1990s. But to no avail.