In 2017, Leslie Yerger, like most people went to the doctor for a regular visit.

“I was just doing my normal, 55 year old check up, and I had a clear mammogram, and ultrasound, I got the call that said “All good, see you next year,”” said Leslie Yerger.
In November of the same year, Yerger decided to take a bone density scan as part of her check up but the results of this test were beyond what she could imagine.

“That came back with some odd things in it, so we began to investigate what those things were and it ultimately turned out to be stage four breast cancer,” says Yerger.

Yerger was able to put her cancer in remission but in order to find a new found comfort, she went on a 500 mile pilgrimage across Spain known as the Camino de Santiago. “Who knows what’s going to happen in the future? I don’t know and there’s no way to know, and that’s really something I just wanted to learn to get comfortable with.”

During her 40 day walk, Yerger met many others who used the Camino de Santiago as a way to find themselves including Amanda Trenta, who made the trip to Spain from Bloomington, Indiana. Trenta listened in to Yerger’s testimony at the Folsom Memorial United Methodist Church.

“She’s an amazing lady and that’s the kind of people that you meet on the Camino, it was amazing to meet someone in the same area that I grew up in,” said Amanda Trenta.
While creating friendships and lifelong memories during her pilgrimage, Yerger was also able to fundraise and bring attention to the MBI test, which can help detect breast cancer earlier for all women. “Part of what i’m fundraising for is the final study that will clear the way for all people to have access to this technology, so that this will happen to less people in the future,” says Yerger.

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The Foglia Family Foundation will match all donations to Yerger’s cause up to $50,000.