by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography

More Than Pink

It was as if divine intervention stepped in when Solana Beach’s Stephanie Lytle decided to devote herself to Susan G. Komen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding breast cancer research – formerly known as Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Stephanie’s mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was actually heading to her very first oncology appointment when the Susan G. Komen “traffic” – the participants in the nonprofit’s annual Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk – strolled right in front of her. It was an “aha” moment that convinced both Stephanie and her mom to participate in the very same walk the following year.

volunteer_lytle_1Stephanie recalled, “I did start up a team and we did just that: we walked the 60 inspiring miles together! I cherish the unfettered time my mom, sister, and I got to spend together during the two walks we shared. Our team has been involved with the three-day event ever since.”

When her mom passed away in 2010, instead of taking a step back, Stephanie took a step forward and volunteered even more of her time to the worthwhile cause. Now she attends health fairs to introduce Susan G. Komen’s mission to others. She revealed, “I get to talk with a lot of people and hear their stories, and it’s rewarding to connect them with the resources and support they need.” Stephanie also hands out t-shirts at the annual Race for the Cure 5K Run/Walk, assists in setting up the free mammogram events, copies and staples packets, delivers materials around town, and basically does whatever is needed of her. She clarified, “I have worn all sorts of different volunteer hats. If I’m available, I like to jump in!”

When she isn’t doing her part for the nonprofit, Stephanie, a homemaker, enjoys running, reading intriguing books for her book club, and researching her family history. Discussing her fascination with genealogy, Stephanie professed, “I’m history obsessed and love the hunt. I’m also super sentimental – I cry at parades, pageants, and graduations.”

Stephanie’s dream is that there may one day be a cure for breast cancer. She stated, “Ultimately, I wish we could eradicate breast cancer and close the doors altogether. Breast cancer has touched the women in my family going back three generations, and that’s what motivates me to be involved.”

Name: Stephanie Lytle
Community: Solana Beach
Volunteer Affiliation: Susan G. Komen San Diego
Family: Husband – Dorian; daughter – Malin
Hobbies & Interests: Running, genealogy, reading
Favorite Spots in Del Sol: Tony’s Jacal, Masuo’s, Lockwood Table Cafe, Local Greens, Del Mar 26th St.

Group: Susan G. Komen San Diego
Mission: Funds the county’s largest program of free breast cancer treatments, services, and support. The over-arching goal is saving lives and ending breast cancer forever.
Phone: 858-573-2760
Address: 4699 Murphy Canyon Rd., Suite 102 San Diego, CA 92123