By Kelsey Musick
The Megan S. Ott Foundation, which provides immediate and personalized assistance to local residents fighting breast cancer, is from the vision of Noblesville native, Megan Snyder Ott. Ott and her husband, Tom, created the foundation in March 2010, one month before Ott died from breast cancer.
Westfield resident Natalie Postma got involved with the Megan S. Ott Foundation after she became a grant recipient.
“This organization has given me hope, friendships that will last a lifetime, social gatherings and support,” she said. “I can’t imagine going through this with out them.”
At age 35 and 27 weeks pregnant with her daughter, Mollie, Postma was diagnosed with stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer.
“Mollie and I did two rounds of chemotherapy together,” Postma said. “After she was born, I finished six more rounds, an emergency gallbladder surgery, a double mastectomy, 28 rounds of radiation, eight rounds of Xeloda (a chemotherapy pill), and finally, I had my last surgery in December (2019) for reconstruction and a hysterectomy.”
Postma is BRCA1-positive, so the hysterectomy was a preventative measure against ovarian cancer.
“Early detection is key,” Postma said. “Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Be your own advocate for your health. Keep pushing for answers.”
The Megan S. Ott Foundation will conduct its 10th annual “A Night for Magical Moments” gala May 2. Details have not yet been released.
“This gala means the world to me,” Postma said. “It’s a chance to raise funds to continue to provide support, mentorships, sunshine and hope to those going through breast cancer treatments. Megan (Ott’s) legacy lives on through each one of us that has been touched by this amazing organization.”
For more, visit megansottfoundation.org/fundraising-events.