The startling statistic is 1 in 8 women, roughly 12 percent, will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. And in 2019 alone, an estimated 268,600 new cases will be diagnosed, according to Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), a rare and very aggressive form of breast cancer that accounts for 1 to 5 percent of invasive breast cancers, is the most aggressive form of breast cancer, blocking lymph vessels in the skin and soft tissues. 

What Makes Inflammtory Breast Cancer Different Than Other Breast Cancers?

IBC does not present itself like any other breast cancer. For 90 percent of women, there is no lump that women find. IBC does not show up on mammography. Rather, there will be skin changes on the breast. The breast may become red, swollen and tender or resemble a bug bite or orange peel. IBC is often misdiagnosed delaying treatment. And sadly, according to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, IBC has a five-year survival rate of only 40 percent. 

Breast cancer research is a cause very close to Kathleen McMordie, owner of Texas Swim Academy, as her own mother was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 36. Three years later, Kathleen’s mother succumbed to breast cancer at 39 years young. 

Since the loss of her mother, Kathleen has had a strong desire to reach out and help others touched by breast cancer. After several years of research and outreach, she discovered Terry Arnold and the IBC Network Foundation and became an active supporter. Today Kathleen is a member of the Board of Directors and continues to help find ways to fund the organization’s crucial life-changing research.

The Hunt For Hope – Katy at Texas Swim Academy

The Texas Swim Academy facility and programs have been developed with saving lives in mind – and we are excited to be able to do so in more ways than one.

On Oct. 13, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., we will be sponsoring a family-friendly scavenger hunt through the IBC Network Foundation called the “Hunt For Hope – Katy.” All proceeds from the event will be going toward inflammatory breast cancer research.

Through the “Hunt For Hope – Katy” here at Texas Swim Academy, we hope to raise $50,000 to support ongoing IBC research at MD Anderson. We are proud to say every dollar donated will go directly to this worthy cause.

Those interested in participating in this fun-filled event can do so in one of two ways:

Donate directly to Kathleen McMordie’s campaign at the link below to help her reach her $5,000 fundraising goal:

Or sign up for the event by registering here with a suggested donation of $25. Hunters will be giving a t-shirt on the day of the event, along with a list of items to search for and photograph!

We look forward to seeing you at Texas Swim Academy on Oct. 13 supporting a great cause!


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