October is Breast Cancer Awareness month

By Carla S

The gravity of how many people battle breast cancer in their lifetimes is astounding. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among women after skin cancer. Statistics predict that 1 woman out of every 8 women will develop the disease. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37.

These statistics are staggering, but we have reason to be hopeful.  Death rates from female breast cancer have dropped 39% from 1989 to 2015. In addition, there are currently more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Corefire is proud to count some of these amazing survivors in our family, and we are honored to highlight one of these incredible fighters during Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Daidra Carsman has been an inspiration to everyone around her, battling and currently beating breast cancer. We proudly share her story.

I was born in Spanish Harlem, the daughter of an artist.  I moved in New Jersey at a young age and eventually started my own company, Daidra Designs.  I am a jewelry designer, designing knotted silk and precious/semi precious stones.  In November 2016, I scheduled myself for a prophylactic double mastectomy, admittedly a radical surgery. I had no idea I had cancer but had had multiple biopsies over the years and was SICK of it. When I came out of surgery, not only did I have cancer, but a rare form called triple negative.  Not much is known about this type of cancer – only that it spreads like wildfire.

I chose to not only fight it, but beat it. I’ve been exercising for over 30 years and I know that exercise helped with my chemotherapy treatments. I was told I would most likely lose my nails and have neuropathy on my hands and feet.  I ended up with ZERO of these symptoms.  In addition to my regular routine, going to COREFIRE made me seem healthy, accomplished and invincible – nothing could stop me.

And it hasn’t! Today I honestly feel better than I did before, I actually forget what I went through. The doctors say that given the unusual stage and grade of my tumor, the recurrence rate is very low. I am a survivor.


Although fighting breast cancer might seem like an insurmountable task, you CAN make a difference. Here are a few simple ways:

Hydration is key after a COREFIRE workout. Bloomingdale’s has a FABU limited edition S’well bottle that will keep your h2o cool. For each bottle purchased, $19 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Working out make you hungry? Visit your local Stop&Shop through October 15th and donate $1, $3 or $5 at check-out to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Need a new pair of kicks? Shoe-Inn in Ridgewood and Englewood is donating 15% of all sales from any pink shoe or accessory to breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Just say AHHHHH…These heart pajamas are not only cute and comfy, but for every pair sold until October 31st, the Company Store will donate $5 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Who doesn’t need a little pampering? Visit The Powder Room in Upper Montclair on October 21st for pink hair extensions, a little bubbly and other fun treats to celebrate breast cancer awareness.

Find a Cure COREFIRE t-shirts available in Ridgewood & Montclair for a suggested donation of $10. All donations will be matched by

COREFIRE and donated to support breast cancer research.

Join in the fight! To learn more about breast cancer visit cancer.org.

Carla Sullivan is a Ridgewood resident and a proud member of the COREFIRE community. In addition to working out, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, going to the theatre, traveling and cooking.

  • J Warta

    Fantastic and inspiring! Reminds us all Health is the True Wealth.
    Thank you for sharing

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