Mentor: Sarah Wald
In March 2019, Sarah was 39 years old, a recently tenured professor at the University of Oregon, and training for her first century (100 mile) bicycle ride when she noticed a small lump in her breast. After a whirlwind of appointments and mishaps, Sarah was diagnosed with ER+/PR+/HER2- de novo metastatic breast cancer.
With a background in environmental organizing, Sarah knew advocacy and organizing would be central to her diagnosis response. Sarah is an alumna of Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Young Advocate Program, a Metavivor volunteer (Oregon’s State Captain for the Stage IV Stampede), and a GRASP mentor. Shortly after diagnosis, Sarah was selected for a First Descents trip where she spent a week white water kayaking with others diagnosed with cancer under 40. This trip inspires her devotion to #OutLivingIt through hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and kayaking whenever she gets the chance.
Sarah continues to work full time as Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and English at the University of Oregon. In 2022, Sarah’s beloved stepdaughter turned 18 and graduated high school, milestones Sarah wasn’t sure she’d be alive to celebrate.