Lanette Miner found a lump in her breast in March 2012 and feared the worst.
After undergoing tests, Miner was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy, endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, was hospitalized for a blood clot and had radiation.
“It was a hard time – a really challenging time,” said Miner, who opened Elite Optical in January 2006 with her husband, Dr. Douglas C. Miner. “My grandchildren were a real blessing and a strength for me.”
Miner said she knows not all women battling breast cancer have the same amount of support. This knowledge inspired her and her husband to host the inaugural “Focus on the Fight” that will raise money for two local breast cancer charities, Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! and Impact One. The event will feature door prizes, raffles, food and education to raise breast cancer awareness from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 18, at Elite Optical, 1635 N. Greenfield Road, Suite 136, Mesa.
Representatives from the eyewear brands Prada, Burberry and Tom Ford will bring in their product lines.
The Valley charities help to educate, support and fund necessities including wigs, treatment and aftercare, she noted.
“I’m really excited to hold this fundraiser,” Miner said. “I had a lot of support and so many key things were taken care of. I had quilts that were made for me and received flowers and food and all things were done.”
Miner’s husband and friends were always ready, willing and able to take her to her many appointments, but she knows not all women are as fortunate.
“The donations will also help women who have breast cancer to get rides to and from treatment,” she said.
Although this is the couple’s first fundraiser for breast cancer awareness, Miner said Elite Optical has been devoted to helping the community for years.
For example, a portion of Elite Optical’s earnings are donated to its charitable arm, “Shared Vision,” where, along with their employees, the Miners select a charity to support financially.
Miner said she is proud to help support women and their families as they get through a breast cancer battle, as well as raise money for two causes that are very near and dear to her heart.
“I want to educate women about breast cancer while also raising money to help them,” she said.
For more information about Elite Optical and the Focus on the Fight event, call 480-219-2412.