For many women, receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer is a life-changing event, but author Alice Hoffman is trying to show that the pen is mightier than the prognosis.
The 58-year-old author has been free of breast cancer symptoms for about 10 years, and is now preparing for her 10th annual "An Evening with Your Favorite Authors" event in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to benefit breast cancer patients at Mount Auburn Hospital, the Boston Globe reports.
"It's just a way for me, personally, to try and give something back," Hoffman told the news source. She added, "I was treated [at Mount Auburn Hospital] and the doctors and staff were incredible."
The breast cancer fundraiser has grown in each of the past 10 years, and has raised more than $1 million to date. The hospital has since named its Hoffman Breast Cancer Center after the author and her family.
With her fundraisers, Hoffman has helped the hospital provide cab rides and wigs for breast cancer
patients and allowed the facility to perform more than 22,000 mammograms each year.
The American Cancer Society suggests that women over the age of forty begin having an annual mammogram to best preserve their breast health.