Josh and I met when we were in High School. We married right after I graduated from St. Olaf College with a nursing degree.

In 2008 we moved to a small Western suburb (Albertville) in MN and immediately fell in love with our neighborhood and our community.

We got a puppy named Lily and a year later welcomed a sweet baby boy to our family named Carter. Reese came along 2.5 years later and then our little Harrison in 2015. Life was “perfect.” I was working my dream job as an OB nurse at Maple Grove Hospital.

The month before Harrison turned one I noticed a lump while nursing him. There is no history in my family of breast cancer, so I chalked it up to breastfeeding. A month later, September 1st of 2016 I was officially diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The diagnosis shook our little world.

We found out a week later that I in fact had Stage 4 (in-curable) Breast Cancer and that it had spread to my bones. I will forever be on some type of treatment.

The statistics for Stage 4 Breast Cancer are scary, so we prefer to live each day of our lives to the fullest. Truly taking everything in and enjoying every second.

I am so honored to be hosting this black tie event (Minneapolis Metsquerade) where 100% of the proceeds will go to Metavivor, who in turn will give 100% to Stage 4 Research.

We can’t wait to help kick this awful disease to the corner.