A breast cancer survivor, Athena® founder
You never know how you're going to react when you hear those dreaded words: "You have cancer." Trish May was only 39 when she heard those words. Trish had watched her mother suffer through breast cancer before passing away from ovarian cancer the year before her own diagnosis.
Trish, a successful marketing executive, reacted by putting the same energy into her fight against breast cancer as she does in every aspect of her life. Thanks to the generous support and care she received during her treatment and recovery, Trish survived her battle and also found her calling as a modern-day breast cancer warrior.
In 2003, Trish founded Athena® Partners to produce Athena® bottled water. Invoking the attributes of the Greek goddess Athena - wisdom, strength and purity - her goal was simple: Raise funds and awareness to help make real progress in women's cancer research.
In 2010, Trish partnered with DS Waters of America, a leading producer of bottled water brands known for great taste and purity. As part of the DS Waters family, Athena® is now gaining nationwide recognition and distribution. Not only does every Athena purchase support breast cancer awareness, care, education and research, DS Waters has pledged a minimum of $2 million to the cause by 2014.
Prior to founding Athena® Partners, Trish was a marketing executive with Microsoft Corporation. She currently serves as a patient advocate for the National Cancer Institute's five-year Seattle-based breast cancer research consortium led by the Hutchinson Center and the University of Washington. Trish served on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Board of Directors for 10 years, served as a grant reviewer for Susan Komen for the Cure® Foundation, and was a board member of Northwest Cancer Partners.
Trish has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report, as well as on PBS TV and PBS Radio. She is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurial philanthropy and the power of one person to make a difference. Awards include the Puget Sound Business Journal's "Woman of Influence" and "Leading Newsmaker," and was named the Seattle Storm (WNBA) Woman of Inspiration in 2007.
In 2012, Trish received the Spirit of Giving Award from the Evergreen Healthcare Foundation.
A Message from Trish May, Breast Cancer Survivor