"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 Samantha Moatz. I am founder 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 being 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 founding 412Thrive. 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. I knew that other Thrivers needed to feel the same support that I was able to find with other survivors. 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, and even dressing up as a giraffe to make a cancer fighter laugh.