Her advocacy was born from painful experience and a desire to save other women. Using her skills honed from a Masters Degrees in Business and Tax from Fordham University and experience working for Ernst & Young as an international tax consultant, this Aussie took on Big Pink, the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Her summary of the financial shenanigans that are occurring at the Komen Foundation clearly illustrate why people the world over need to re-think their giving.
Yet while she journaled her struggle with metastatic breast cancer– her pain, both physical and emotional–she also gave voice to unsung heroes in her blog Can-Do Women.
A traveler, she visited 40 countries in her short time on earth, her wonder and love of life is apparent for all to see in her writing. She continued writing even after losing the use of her arm–even during severe illness, she answered emails from people like me.
She has inspired me to continue to advocate for women with metastatic breast cancer and to work to change the Komen Foundation’s direction in its use of funds and to motivate others to support organizations that are really looking for a cure.
Rachel, thank you for being open and alive and giving to so many. Thank you to her friends, family and her Beloved, for helping her to share her life, her intelligence and her wit with all of us.