Ten days after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous growth from her right breast, Lysanne Sebastian walked the 5K Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in September 2009.
"I just had to," the 36-year-old Costa Mesa mother of two said. "People told me I was crazy."
Sebastian was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Her athletic and healthy body had never shown any signs that this was coming.
"At a young age, I was faced with thoughts of mortality," Sebastian said.
"You don't realize that this can happen to anyone, not just women in their 60s or 70s," she said.
Team Think Pink, a group of Orange County locals, is attempting to change the perception of breast cancer with the 16-month "Survivor" calendar that portrays the range and diversity of women affected by the disease.
"In a way, it was almost depressing how quickly we found all the models to fill up the calendar," project organizer Gail Ross said. "They were sisters, mothers, friends and friends' mothers and sisters — we didn't have to look far."