Eight determined women hike                                   “Cactus to Clouds” in 13.5 hours 

What does preparation for a grueling hike up a 10,000 foot mountain have in common with DCIS and breast cancer prevention?

1. Investigation: Both require gathering information and understanding what you are facing.

2. Training: Practice, practice, practice makes for success. Daily exercise is also a well known contributor to cancer prevention. The side effects are a healthy, fit body, loads of energy and peace of mind.

3. Essential Ingredients: Ensuring you have the right stuff in your pack is as important as ensuring you put the right stuff in your body.

4.  A Practical, Positive Attitude: Whether climbing a mountain or dealing with DCIS and breast cancer prevention, it boils down to “one foot in front of the other” and “take it as it comes.”

5. Gratitude: I am so grateful for the experience and accomplishment I shared with my fellow hikers as well as all that I have learned regarding DCIS and breast cancer prevention.

Thank you to all who have supported me and my “Hike for the CAUSE….”


About Donna Pinto

I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles with my family at age 12. After graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism, I had a short-stint in magazine advertising sales before landing my "dream job" with Club Med. For two years I worked at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met in Ixtapa, Mexico and we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. This was also a research project for a book we wrote called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of a quote book for new graduates -- "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life." In 1997, we settled in San Diego and I was blessed to work part-time from home for non-profit organizations while raising our two boys. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis changed my life. DCIS 411 is the culmination of my on-going journey and discoveries.
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