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Deepa Sheth - University of Chicago Medicine

(picture is of Dr. Nora Jaskowiak (last year's participant) and me!)

A Legacy to Remember 💗

I am honored and thrilled to announce that I will be representing University of Chicago Medicine at this year's Dancing with Celebrities 💃🏻!

Many people have a personal experience or a close family member that inspires them to join the fight against breast cancer. I owe my career and life’s work in breast cancer to my mentor and former fellowship director, Dr. Charlene Sennett. She was not only my fellowship director, but my advisor and close friend (she taught me everything you ever needed to know about Hereford cows 🐮)! During my last year of training in a breast imaging fellowship at the University of Chicago Medicine, Dr. Sennett became quite ill and was admitted to the ICU awaiting a heart transplant. The three months that she was in the hospital, our breast imaging team worked harder and longer than ever just to keep up with the basic workload. It was tough to stay focused and continue to give our patients the best care possible, while one of our work family was going through such a struggle. But no matter the hours, we would always end the day in her ICU room, keeping our hopes up that she would find a donor and recover from her illness. Unfortunately, Dr. Sennett never made it out of the ICU but her passing made us all rethink what was most important to us in our lives. I realized that breast imaging is truly what I love to do and what makes me happy.  Being a part of the breast cancer team at the University of Chicago Medicine is what I was meant to do. I still remember at her funeral, Dr. Sennett’s husband came up to me and asked “are you the new mammographer?” I hesitated at first, not knowing what the right answer was. But he continued on to say “I hope you are because Charlene wanted this for you. She told me that she hoped you would take this position.” So being a breast imager is not only my career passion but also my legacy. To my patients. To my work family. To Dr. Sennett. 🙏🏼

I ask you all to support me and Dancing With Celebrities.  Come cheer me on in person on March 16th or donate below. All our efforts are directed to the fight against breast cancer.  I'm dancing one step at a time and we are raising money one dollar at a time.  Thank you for your thoughtful donation.  

  • Goal $10,000.00
  • Raised $16,535.00
Top Donations
  • Siona Health Care - $1,950.00
  • Dr. Tessa Balach - $500.00
  • Young Chung - $500.00
  • Linda B. Coleman - $500.00
  • SUREKHA S SHETH - $500.00
Donor Date Amount Message
Thania Panopoulos 3/20/2018 $100.00
Wanecia McWillis 3/17/2018 $75.00 Congrats Deepa! It's people like you who inspire others to keep the "hope alive" as they fight this battle. Keep up the good work!
Uday Pisipati 3/16/2018 $20.00 I lieu of votes
Dr. Tessa Balach 3/16/2018 $500.00
Rosalie Hughes 3/16/2018 $30.00 Dr. Deepa Sheth, thank you so much for inviting me.
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