Inspired to Pay It Forward

On June 9, 2008, Ben DuMont biked across Missouri from Clinton to St. Charles on the Katy Trail to honor his wife Bridget and support breast cancer research.

In 2007, Bridget DuMont was diagnosed with advanced HER2-positive breast cancer at just 30 years of age. A healthy, active woman, wife and mother of two at the time, she had no family history of cancer. After enduring an 18-month treatment regimen, consisting of aggressive chemotherapy, radiation and bilateral mastectomy, she made a commitment to pay it forward by helping others with the disease.

During her illness, Bridget and her husband Ben were moved by their incredible support network of family and friends. This support helped the couple focus their energy on Bridget’s health and well-being, and inspired them to start Bridget's Brigade. The charity supports breast cancer research and helps families in the St. Louis area dealing with cancer by providing lawn care, housecleaning, wigs, gift cards and more.

In honor of Bridget and all breast cancer survivorsand in memory of dear friends Lori Matthews, Susan Schroeder and Tara BolandBridget's Brigade will continue its fundraising efforts until a cure is found.

A Pathway to Peace

In 2014, Ben published A Pathway to Peace: The Journey of a Cancer Co-Survivor, a heartfelt, captivatingly detailed memoir about his journey of self- and spiritual discovery throughout Bridget's illness. 

A Pathway to Peace is more than a story of co-survivorship. It is an indelible tribute to the power of love and determination, and a testament to the impact of faith, family, and friends in overcoming adversity.

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