Shannon K. Brown Grant

Shannon, a mother, wife, sister and daughter was a sparkling light who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34 and earned her angel wings two years later.  She left an amazing legacy of commitment to other patients and we honor her every day. Even as she was going through her own cancer journey, Shannon was present for other breast cancer patients through her involvement with The CARE Project.  She was instrumental in working with Carrie to develop the Mentor Program and was committed to raising male breast cancer awareness.  She served as a Survivor Mentor and helped facilitate the Survivor Social Club. Her positivity was a gift to other patients. 

Requirements: Female patient diagnosed under the age of 40 in financial crisis.


Marlyn Washburn Grant

(Pic of Marlyn and Pat Washburn)

Marlyn was the father of five children, grandfather of twenty-one and great grandfather of seven. His lifelong passion was his family and public school education.  He served for 41 years as a secondary math teacher, a coach of many sports both in school and during the summers, an Athletic Director and finally as a Secondary High School Principal.  His oldest daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after turning 40.  Marlyn was a great source of moral and emotional support for her.  Two years after her diagnosis, he was also diagnosed with breast cancer. He had just celebrated his 66th birthday.  Genetic testing was done, but neither appeared to have any genetic mutations.  Today his daughter is a survivor and follows in her father’s footsteps of educating in the public school system.  Marlyn was one who did not believe breast cancer could happen to a man.  However, after his diagnosis, he felt the need to educate others.  He chose a personalized Breast Cancer Awareness license plate for his car that is still used today, “MEN 2”.  He would be honored to know The CARE Project, Inc. has established a fund, and this grant, to help men facing financial concerns after their own breast cancer diagnosis.

Marlyn’s story can be seen at Marlyn Washburn – The Male Breast Cancer Global Alliance (  

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