My mother gifted me the teddy bear pictured below when I was seven years old. She received the bear as a gift for donating to breast cancer research. At the time I did not know what the symbol on its chest meant. All I cared about was playing with this bear. Sixteen years later, the bear belongs to my little sister. We never thought that symbol would become a part of our lives. On October 24, 2014, Mami received the news that she was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer.