Tracy woman raising money for cancer research
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Nov 02, 2012 | 1947 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Tracy resident diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago is now a survivor who wants to help others persevere by walking 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day later this month.

Lisa Nobida Doan is looking for sponsors to help in her quest to raise $2,300. She has managed to collect $1,295, but she needs more.

“Whatever they want to donate,” she said, stressing that she is walking for relatives and friends who have died from the


“My cousin was fighting an aggressive kind of breast cancer and died shortly after I was diagnosed,” she said. “My aunt was a survivor and passed away almost a year ago, and it’s been year since my next-door neighbor passed away. I walk for them, for my sister survivors, and because I’ve survived.”

Nobida Doan’s cancer was judged as aggressive when she was first diagnosed with stage 3B breast cancer, after finding a lump a few months after hysterectomy surgery in November 2009. She said she sought help at a breast cancer treatment center in Manteca, and when it came time to talk about the bill, she said she was told the treatment was free because of events such as the 3-Day walk.

“It’s my way of giving back,” said the 48-year-old mother of five. “I wanted to do it last year, but I didn’t feel strong enough.”

Nobida Doan will be walking a minimum of 20 miles a day, and to get ready, she has been training with Patterson resident Ululani Smith, who has completed the walk three times.

“I was doing it (walking) either in the morning or at night, a couple of miles a day,” said Nobida Doan, who noted that her only free time was between her children’s activities.

“I like to be outside.”

Although there are 14 3-Day walks during the year, including one in San Francisco on Sept. 7, Nobida Doan said she chose the walk in San Diego, the last of the series, to give her more time to raise money.

“I wanted to extra time to do fundraising,” she said. “I also picked San Diego because I thought it would be easier than San Francisco, but apparently it’s not. I haven’t seen the route — checked online, but they haven’t publicized anything. This will be brand new to me.”

After a double mastectomy, she said her new favorite saying is, “Yes, they are fake — the real ones tried to kill me.”

She said she has become a crusader to have other women get breast screenings on a regular basis.

“It’s amazing — I heard of cancer, I knew it was around, but until it hits you and people out there — it’s very awe-inspiring,” she said.

The walk in San Diego begins Nov. 16 and continues until Nov. 18, and donations to sponsor Nobida Doan can be made until Nov. 12.

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