Posted by: Drew | June 28, 2008

The Battle Wages On Against Breast Cancer – Christina Jean Figel 1967 – 2008

This year, hundreds of thousands of people will hear the words You have breast cancer,” and there’s a good chance that some of them will be people we know and love.

I met a very energetic Motorcycle enthusiast by the name of Heather Feimer a few months back. I was looking for a story on an event she manages in Toms River, NJ just outside Seaside Heights. We never got a chance to do the interview because she was busy helping to take care of her sister Christina Jean Figel (photo right) who locked in mortal combat fighting for her life. She heard those words, “You have Breast Cancer”. I’m very sorry to say Christina didn’t win the fight. The Experience The Shore staff and friends express our deepest condolences. But thats not enough . Now Heather, a strong woman with a great resolve refuses to let that fight end. No one is immune from cancer and research is the only way to find a cure.

Support Heather!Consider for a moment that if each one of you out here just Donated $20.00 to this cause, we could make a difference in at least one persons life. The Blog has made a donation of $20.00 I challenge anyone reading this to match us. Do it for your Mom, your Sister or best of all do it for Christina.

We Walk Cause that’s what Christina Wants!

My biggest hero is my sister Christina Jean Figel (Sept 18, 1967 – June 2, 2008). She fought hard and long and fought the good fight, but in the end God saw her getting tired and said come with me. He needed her more there and I’m selfish for I still need her here. She was a ray of light that the world will miss, from home, to NYC, to England, to Spain, New Zealand and places beyond…

So she went into the night, I can’t say without fear and I can’t say without worry, but I can say she was strong, and she fought, and she wanted to live. Whether we fought or she told me she loved me, I was honored to be her sister for the 36 years of my life that I shared with her.

And you can be a part of it, too.

I have signed up to walk and hope you will join me in my effort by signing up to join my team or making a donation in support of my participation. Hope starts with us.

Christina's CauseI am just a Mom, just a working mom living an ordinary life with my husband, in an unbelievable situation.
Three weeks ago Monday I lost my sister to breast cancer. A 16 month battle which ended far too early and with far too much suffering.

Join Heather's Team!My children were never lied to and watched what and when they felt they needed to. Not only did they care for her during and after surgery, chemo, radiation but they were there by her side in her final days.

My husband supported her in every way possible way, whether just being in the room and offering not to watch NASCAR or sitting and talking (even though he is a man of few words). In her last weeks, we opened our home to friends and family, providing housing and love to all who loved her until her final breath and even after.

We may not be the perfect family, and now we are certainly one short of ever getting there, for she was the most brilliant and vivacious one of all. Christina was loved, totally, completely, unconditionally by so many; her immediate family (Parents Don & Jean, brother Matt, nieces Brandi & Cali, nephew Mikey, brother in Law Mike, Cousins – Kathy, Sue, Carol, Sharon, Bobby, Matt and MJ and me), and her friends (Robert and Kathy, Zoe, Ida, Damon, Andrew, Christine, Tammy, Stacy, all of Random House, her Yoga Hoboken Friends , and all her friends worldwide, Rachel, Jules, Darrin, Martin, Penny, Mel, Richard, Max and so many others).
We loved her and she will be missed but never far from the most important part of our lives, our souls.


This year, hundreds of thousands of people will hear the words “You have breast cancer,” and there’s a good chance that some of them will be people we know and love. I have chosen to fight back against this disease and help make a difference by participating in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and I hope you will join me by making a donation in support of my effort.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk that takes place in 120 communities across the country. From Arizona to Maine and Washington to Florida, Making Strides walkers unite to honor breast cancer survivors and to educate women about early detection and prevention. And of course, by raising money to support the American Cancer Society fight against breast cancer, we help fund groundbreaking research, public awareness campaigns, efforts to ensure all women have access to mammograms, and free programs and services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

I hope you will support my efforts by making a donation using my personal online fund raising page. It’s safe and simple. All you have to do is click the link below and follow the few easy steps. Last year, 450,000 Making Strides participants raised $45 million … and they did it one donation at a time. So, whether you’re able to give $5 or $500, every bit truly does help. Hope starts one dollar at a time. Hope starts with me. And hope can start with you.

Thank you in advance for any support you may be able to offer.

If you are unable to donate online, please print a donation form to mail in your contribution.

2007 MSABC Icon (15pxl)Click here to review state solicitation notices from the American Cancer Society


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