Danielle Harmon thought she was too young for cancer, but at age 31, she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer following a routine well-woman exam.
A Houston area resident, Danielle says her family felt blessed to live close to the best place for cancer treatment. Making an appointment at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, she says, was a no-brainer.
"Immediately when you arrive at MD Anderson you get the feeling that these people are serious ... they know what they're doing. They make you feel like you have a fighting chance to survive the disease," she reflects.
Danielle's breast cancer treatment included a mastectomy and breast reconstruction, as well as six rounds of chemotherapy. "It wasn't an easy experience, but we got through it. I got a clean bill of health," she says.
Fourteen years later and still cancer-free, the family of four credits support from Jason's employer, Jason's Deli, for helping them through difficult times. After receiving news of Danielle's breast cancer diagnosis, the company transferred Jason to a restaurant closer to home, where he could care for his son and wife while she recovered from surgery and the effects of her chemotherapy.
The Harmons' cancer journey, and that of other Jason's Deli employees, inspired the company to support MD Anderson's efforts to end cancer. Ten cents for every bottle of water sold by Jason's Deli is donated to cancer research. The water bottles feature photos of Jason's Deli employees and their families who have been touched by the disease.