"Sunflowers end up facing the sun,
but they go through a lot of dirt to
find their way there."
~ Jr.R. Rim

412Thrive

During these trying times, cancer patients need support more than ever. 412Thrive strives to assist individuals to meet their needs and promote a better quality of life during all stages of treatment. We help cancer patients do more than survive, we help them thrive!

Who We Are

412Thrive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help a community of individuals impacted by breast cancer and genetic mutations that lead to cancer navigate treatment by creating a support system that makes everyone feel secure and included.

You Can Help

412Thrive is always looking for volunteers. You can volunteer as much of your time as your schedule permits. Click “Help” to learn more about signing up as a volunteer.

Donate

Donations provide care packages, meals, and fund monthly events for our thrivers. For more information, explore our “Help” tab.



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My name is Arlene Kray. I reside in the North Hills with my husband, Andy, and my son, Luke. When I was 7 years old I lost my father to cancer. When my son was 7 years old, and I was 42, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2017, I was diagnosed with ER+ DCIS and the only treatment planned was surgery. They removed a few lymph nodes to confirm it had not spread, but it had. I then received treatment with radiation. Based on my MammaPrint results (low chance of recurrence), I did not undergo chemo. I am currently 3 years into 10 years of Tamoxifen. 

I have a PhD in Pharmacology and a PharmD. I work in Pharma and have been leading teams of medical writers for over 10 years. At the time of my diagnosis I was working in Oncology, but am now working in Dermatology. I am amazed by how many local cancer survivors have been touched by 412Thrive in such a short time. I am happy to volunteer my time to this organization as there is a great need in our community.  

Hey there!  My name is Amy Zanke. Although not a native Pittsburgher – I’ve lived in the South Hills since 1992 and consider Pittsburgh my home.  I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma ER+/PR+/HER2- on November 4, 2016 at age 46.  I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node removal, but it had spread to my lymph nodes.  2nd surgery was to remove all lymph nodes under my right arm.  I now have mild lymphedema, but it has been relatively easy to manage.   My testing showed that chemo would not be a viable treatment option, however, I did receive 33 rounds of radiation.  I opted not to do any reconstruction but did have to have a hysterectomy in 2018. I was recommended to do hormone therapy for 5 years, but recently had to stop due to the crazy awful side effects.  I'm currently enrolled in an aspirin research trial for breast cancer prevention.  I consider myself so blessed and lucky for my outcome - and feel guilty that I got out so easy compared to others.  That’s what motivated me to want to help - I stumbled upon the 412Thrive Facebook page and was immediately drawn to the members and message. I finally found a group of people who not only understand what it means to have cancer but also offers such great support and insight into life after diagnosis and beyond treatment.  I can’t believe how lucky I am to be a part of this amazing group!

My name is Christine Adamek, and I am a cofounder of 412Thrive. In 2009, on my birthday, I received the news that no one ever wants to hear: “You have cancer.” I was the picture-perfect image of health: working out daily, practicing yoga and meditation, and even adopting a whole foods, vegetarian diet/lifestyle. I found a lump while showering and called my doctor, who scheduled a mammogram and biopsy, which later confirmed my diagnosis of a rare non-hormonal form of breast cancer called Triple Negative.

After a whirlwind of tests, it was decided that adjacent chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation with a slew of clinical trial drugs were needed. I was also told the heartbreaking news that if I survived cancer I would have to wait several years to start a family and that my fertility could be compromised. At twenty-seven years old, I was afraid and felt alone.

For many years after treatment, I battled with anxiety and depression, all while struggling with fertility. Six years after treatment, my husband and I were blessed with two beautiful, free-spirited twins. I thought the hardest part of my cancer journey was behind me, and I was ready to enjoy life with my new family. But three days after the birth of my children, I was diagnosed with postpartum cardiomyopathy, a rare, pregnancy-induced form of heart failure, and was told I may or may not recover from it due to my history of chemotherapy. Further testing also revealed that I had nodules on my lungs that needed to be monitored for the next two years to make sure my cancer had not metastasized. I was left yet again with feelings of fear and loneliness.

Persistence and patience are just a few traits that I have learned to use to navigate my cancer journey. I am beyond grateful to have recovered from postpartum cardiomyopathy and have no evidence of disease.

I was ecstatic when I met Samantha Moatz. We shared the same feelings of fear and isolation during our cancer journey and decided to found 412Thrive together. We wanted to form an inclusive group to help breast cancer patients of all ages not only survive cancer but live life to the fullest and thrive, throughout their cancer journey and beyond.

My name is Samantha Moatz, and I am a cofounder of 412Thrive, an advocate for ALL breast cancer fighters, and a super mom to two of the most special kids to ever exist. In October of 2010, at the age of 23, I found a lump in my right breast and within a month was diagnosed with stage 1b 100% estrogen positive breast cancer. I had no family history and no genetic mutations, so I am living proof that cancer can happen to anyone at any time and at any age. A true warrior, I underwent a lumpectomy, did thirty-six rounds of radiation, and started a ten-year run of a drug called tamoxifen. My body did not respond well to tamoxifen, so after a year and a half I decided to stop taking it and underwent a double mastectomy. But this was not the end of the fight, not by a long shot. I have had to fight multiple infections and will most likely continue to do so.

I celebrated ten years cancer free on October 28, 2020. I commemorated this anniversary with other cancer survivors, including my 90-year-old grandmother, which just goes to show that you can beat cancer at any age. I also celebrated with my husband Marc and our two beautiful babies. I realize how lucky I am to have the kind of love and support that my family provides.

I know that being cancer free doesn’t mean that the battle is over; there is a price to pay physically, emotionally, and financially. This knowledge was the catalyst for cofounding 412Thrive with fellow breast cancer survivor, Christine. Our nonprofit provides support for individuals affected by breast cancer and genetic mutations. I know the importance of connecting with other Thrivers because that was exactly what I had been missing until I met Christine in 2019. We were shocked to discover that we were diagnosed less than a year apart and were both from Pittsburgh, yet had never met. We knew that other Thrivers needed to feel the same support that we were able to provide for one another. We often joke that 412Thrive is like a dating service because we provide a space for Thrivers to meet their “significant other” in the breast cancer world.  I hope to continue to connect Thrivers by hosting events, setting up meal deliveries, sending personalized care packages, or even dressing up as a giraffe to make a cancer fighter laugh.