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founded on community
the breasties is a nonprofit organization that was born, out of necessity. when the co-founders were going through their own journeys surrounding cancer, they found personal comfort in dreaming up a group that made all young women dealing with a high risk or diagnosis feel supported. simply put, they were tired of feeling alone.
there are so many organizations that exist that focus on research and medicine, which is so needed, but the breasties noticed a huge gap out there for support. they all felt a strong need to connect with other women that understood what they were going through.
meet the leadership team
Jess is a former speech language pathologist and adjunct professor turned certified integrative health and wellness coach. She is also a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. When her best friend, Allie Brumel, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, Jess immersed herself into being her caregiver. Jess received her Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University, her Master’s Degree from NYU, and her health coaching certification from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Additionally, she has been living with Type 1 diabetes for over 15 years. Jess is fueled by creating a more inclusive wellness space and community for all. In her free time, Jess loves working up a sweat, meditating, devouring her husband’s cooking, and hiking.
Allie Brudner Brumel
Allie is a co-founder of the Breasties who also works as a speech pathologist and professor at New York University. She is a triple negative breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed at 28 years old. During her treatment, she knew that she had to channel her energy into helping other young women affected by cancer. Connecting with other strong women in similar situations is what helped her push through the toughest times. Allie received her Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University and her Master’s Degree from New York University. In her free time, you can find Allie with her chocolate lab Booker trying out the latest heathy-ishcookie recipe, dancing to Bey, swinging some kettlebells or thinking of ways to spread some good vibes.
Brianna is a co-founder of the Breasties and a senior health producer at EverydayHealth. She lost her mother to breast cancer at the age of 5 and grew up constantly worrying about her increased breast cancer risk. When she tested negative for BRCA but positive for a lesser-known gene she felt even more conflicted about her risk. Brianna received her Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University and her Master’s Degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism where she wrote her master’s thesis about young women living with BRCA. In her free time, you can find her somewhere outside or hanging with her dog.
Paige is an advocate for women’s health and empowerment and describes herself as everybody’s new breast friend. In 2017, Paige opted to have a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she carried the BRCA 1 genetic mutation. After feeling alone during her entire decision making process, Paige decided to start sharing her story on Instagram to give other women the hope that they too could become warriors not worriers. After building a community online, Paige decided to start putting together free events for women who have been affected by cancer and The Breasties was born.
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