Komen Scholar: Rebecca Seago-Coyle
Rebecca Seago-Coyle is almost an 8-year breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 2010 at the age of 35 with Stage 1 ER+, HER2+ and BRCA2+. Working as a Product Manager for a healthcare technology company in Seattle, WA, she leverages her organizational skills to her advocacy, ensuring projects she’s involved with move forward and get done. Ms. Seago-Coyle was exposed to the power of advocacy even before she was diagnosed: she remembers a woman sharing her story of survivorship and how impactful she was to others. With a strong family history of breast cancer in her family, Ms. Seago-Coyle was inspired to advocate for breast cancer research, specifically for young women who are newly diagnosed, like she was. Her volunteer and advocacy work has only grown over the years, including with helping her local Komen Puget Sound Affiliate, even filling the role of Race for the Cure Co-Chair. She has been an Advocate in Science member since 2012, and she has been involved in many organizations’ review committees and on many research projects, providing the patient perspective to scientists. A volunteer at the breast cancer clinic at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Ms. Seago-Coyle makes herself available to provide hope to those recently diagnosed. She is a believer in the importance of a healthy lifestyle, especially for those diagnosed with breast cancer. Leading by example, she runs marathon, cycles and practices yoga.