In 1996, at age 43, Becky went back to school while working a full-time job, to get her college degree. Three months later she was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. She was given a 60% chance to survive past five years. She always jokes that she is thankful her doctors were wrong because it took her SEVEN years to graduate. Becky has been diagnosed twice since: The second time in 2004 and again in 2009.
In 2000, Becky co-founded Breast Friends, an Oregon based organization dedicated to helping women survive the trauma of cancer. They now have additional affiliates in Pennsylvania and Florida.
She is also the author of, "The Hat that Saved My Life," a book about surviving cancer, and has written chapters about Legacy and Purpose in additional books.
Becky's background was in corporate sales where she spent many years selling advertising for a multi-billion dollar company. She was a top sales rep and manager. In June of 2005, Becky walked away from her high paying, but high-stress job and was finally able to focus full-time on her breast cancer organization and her speaking career. "I've never looked back," says Becky.
Becky's story has been written up in the Oregonian Newspaper, Woman's World Magazine, and several national Breast Cancer Magazines. Becky has been interviewed twice on a global Christian Radio program, global Christian satellite television and has appeared several times on AM Northwest (local Oregon program). She has been quoted in several books about breast cancer.
Becky has been married for over 36 years, has 5 children and 4 grandchildren. She travels all over the country sharing her story.
- Becky is the recipient of the Local Hero Award from Bank of America, Portland, OR 2012
- Becky received the National "Pink Power Mom" Award from Bright Starts in 2009 - One of 8 women across the country selected each year.
- Becky received the district 7 Toastmaster's International "Communication and Leadership" award for her work within the breast cancer community in Portland, OR. in 2007
- Becky was honored with the "Local Hero Award" from Susan G. Komen for the Cure and BMW of North America in 2006