25 Years of Fighting – A Survivor’s Responsibility
For her 60th birthday, breast cancer survivor Molly Meisenheimer compiled a list of 60 people who had made a difference in her life. In a letter sent in September, Molly made it clear to Dr. C. Michael Jones, The Jones Clinic’s founder, that he tops her list.
Molly’s diagnosis came in February of 1990. She was only 35 years old and considered herself to be extremely healthy. Molly recalls that receiving her diagnosis “was like being hit with a boulder.” One month later she had a mastectomy, followed by months of chemotherapy.
Molly credits Dr. Jones with saving her life.
Beyond medicine, Molly says that Dr. Jones listened. When she felt stuck with no one to relate to, Dr. Jones understood her. As a scared but tough young person who wanted to fight with everything she had, Molly was taken with Dr. Jones’ knowledge and passion for battling her disease with her.
As treatment went on, the physical pain took a toll but it was the emotional pain Molly struggled with most. She had Dr. Jones; she had her husband Ed; she had her sons Drew and Tyler, but she felt she needed to talk with other women whose lives had been impacted by breast cancer.
“When I was diagnosed, the only other women I knew with breast cancer were much older than I was,” said Molly. “In 1990, there were no support groups like there are today. Nobody talked about it and I had no one I could relate to or who would understand what I was going through.”
So Molly got to work.
She was instrumental in developing local support services in West Tennessee for patients and their families. In 1993, she founded Memphis Area Race for the Cure, a local version of the race with an almost “carnival-like” atmosphere that seeks to combat the gloominess of cancer. The race has raised millions since Molly started it more than 20 years ago. In 1995, Molly founded the Memphis PRO (Pink Ribbon Open), a one-day, golf event featuring LPGA touring professionals. Memphis PRO has raised more than $3 million for breast cancer education, awareness and screening for several area organizations, including Dr. Jones’ Germantown Cancer Foundation.
Beyond this region, Molly has served on the National Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. During that time, she was instrumental in fighting for breast cancer education and more avenues for early detection. She has testified on Capitol Hill before Congress and lobbied extensively to accelerate the availability of mammography screening. She was an integral part of implementing the treatments and support that is so vital for those battling breast cancer today.
Molly also has worked as a mentor to develop breast cancer education and support programs in other cities, including New Orleans, Louisiana; Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, Florida; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Tupelo, Mississippi.
Breast cancer patients across the country have been greatly impacted by Molly’s efforts, just as she felt the impact of Dr. Jones’ progressive standard of care nearly 25 years ago.
Today, Molly’s cancer is in remission and she continues her dedication to cancer support, education and finding a cure in the Mid-South and across the country. She continues her work with area organizations and speaks throughout the region about the importance of early detection.
At The Jones Clinic, we know that cancer doesn’t care about hospital profits. That's why patients like Molly are always treated as more than a number...more than their diagnosis.
Our patients receive the cancer treatment they need and the personal care they deserve.