Husband creates breast cancer nonprofit for his wife
Mar 2, 2011
William Thiel lost his wife, Maureen, to breast cancer in May of 1998, according to Citizens Voice. Maureen was 43 years old at the time.
Thiel has since created Maureen's Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to diagnosing breast cancer at the earliest stages possible.
Maureen had been told by three doctors that she did not have breast cancer prior to her death.
Thiel's fight for improved guidelines has led to the Pennsylvania Medical Society and Pennsylvania Health Department adopting a new algorithm with "best practices" for doctors to determine breast cancer presence.
"I promised Maureen that I would save another woman's life. ...Catching breast cancer in its earliest stages will save a lot of lawsuits. Kids out there are going to have a mom because they caught breast cancer early and will be able to beat it," said Thiel.
Thiel has two sons, both in their early 20s, and he says that Maureen was his best friend.
The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women over the age of 40. However, younger women are not immune to breast cancer. According to a New York Times article, one woman was 22 when she found a breast lump that turned out to be cancer.