Brittany Ross
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| Cancer Survivor | Inspirational Speaker

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Personal Information:

Full Name: Brittany Erin Ross McClellan
Residence: Arvada, Colorado
Born: Friday, January 13, 1985
Height: 5'0"
Weight: 110 lbs
Husband: Patrick McClellan (married September 28, 2013 in Lafayette, CO)
Pets: Princess (Tri-color Sheltie)
Parents: Alan and Nancy Ross
Siblings: Julie Eisenberg (married to Steve), Brian Ross (married to Tamara)
Diagnosis: Acute Myelogenous Leukemia‎
Prognosis: 3 weeks to live or a 5-15% chance of survival.

My Story:
I was diagnosed with cancer at 15 years old, and was given 3 weeks to live. I have been given many struggles in life. I struggled in school with undiagnosed Aspberger's Syndrome. I battled the many aspects of cancer including high anxiety, extended hospital stays, and social stygma. I have battled all this and won! I am a survivor!


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Past Talks (CLICK to show all talks)

Colorado – Various Locations

City Council Meetings

August 8, 2017 to Present

Brittany teamed up with Sam Abdelmessih’s charity, Gavins Galaxy, to try to have every city and state in the United States to declare September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Brittany has headed up the effort in Colorado, and has talked at so far at the Thornton, Denver, and Westminster City Council meetings. Check out the video section for videos of the meetings!

Lake Tahoe

Team in Training (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)

June 3, 2006

Brittany’s speech for the Team in Training Cycle Century Race at Lake Tahoe. There were about 1,500 people in attendance. Brittany was a special guest speaker. See the video section for video of the speech!

Various Locations

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

Multiple Dates

Brittany has spoken several times for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events. She inspires participants with her story of survival.

Various Locations

St. Baldrick’s

Multiple Dates

Brittany has spoken several times for St. Baldrick’s shave events. She inspires participants with her story of survival. Visit St. Baldrick’s web site.

Calvary Baptist Church

Project Linus

about 2013

Brittany spoke to two groups of children about her experience as a childhood cancer survivor, and volunteering. The children helped to make blankets for hospital patients. Learn more about Project Linus at thier web site.
Brittany has spoken at several other Project Linus events as well.

Colorado Today Radio Show

Colorado/Rocky Mountian Cure Search Walk

September 20, 2015 / September , 2016

Brittany talks on the radio with Sean Carrol in 2015 and Nia Bender in 2016 about childhood cancer and the CureSearch Walk. Brittany and her husband Patrick are chair members for the Colorado chapter of the CureSearch walk. The show aired on three to four radio stations in the Metro Denver area. See the audio section for audio of the show!

Videos (CLICK image to show video)

Lake Tahoe – Team in Training
(Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) - June 3, 2006

Brittany’s speech for the Team in Training Cycle Century Race at Lake Tahoe. There were about 1,500 people in attendence.
Brittany was a special guest speaker.


Colorado Today Radio Show September 20, 2015

Brittany and her Husband Patrick were guests on the Colorado Today Radio Show. Brittany spoke about the CureSearch walk event taking place that year at City Park in Denver, CO. Host Sean Carroll talks about cancer with her.


Denver Lights Up Gold for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

November 20, 2017

The Denver City and County building is lighting up gold for the first two weeks of September for National Childhood Cancer Awareness month this year.Brittany has been in communication with Tony Stoddard for years. Tony has made it his mission to light up the world in gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness month.Inspired by Tony, Brittany has advocated getting the buildings and landmarks of Colorado to light up in gold. She worked with the new Committee for CureSearch, Katie Vinther, last year to initiate the drive to get the Denver City and County Building to light up in gold.After running into several problems, Katie and Brittany never gave up hope. This year Katie made all the neccessary calls, and filed all the neccessary paperwork. Then through Katie’s coordination with the Ovarian Cancer Society who already had September reserved the Childhood Cancer community was finally given two weeks of September.The problems didn’t end there however as everyone gathered to watch the building light up gold we all saw blue and purple. Katie came through again however, and coordinated with the building manager and got the building to light up gold!


The Last Clean Scan

November 7, 2017

When I was told that I was in remission/cancer-free on January 17th, 2001 at the age of 16 years old I was so happy! I was diagnosed on December 12th, 2000 at the age of 15 years old just 1 month away from my sweet 16 birthday on January 13th, 2001 after having been given 3 weeks to live and a 5-15% chance of Survival! After being released from the hospital, I had to take everything one step at a time. I knew after being told I was in full remission and cancer-free I was finally going home after having been in the hospital for 35 days! I was thrilled I was going to get to sleep in my own bed and be home with my family, but I knew I was going to have to come back in 18 days on my parents 17th wedding anniversary on February 5th, 2001. I knew that I would eventually have to go back in for a second round of Chemotherapy. I would be in the hospital for another 45 days. Then I was able to go home again and hopefully this time for good.

I had to repeatedly go back for bone marrow aspirations and biopsies (which I have now had thousands of), and would consistently get more bad news. My bone marrow was not growing back. It was supposed to start growing back within 30 days of treatment being complete. Even though I was home again, I had to go in to the outpatient clinic 4 to 5 days a week. I would be the first person to show up in the morning and the last person to leave at night, I would get blood and platelet transfusions, as well as antibiotics and procedures. During all this I was being home schooled by a tutor to try to catch up in school (I was a sophomore in high school when all of this was happening).

During the first year or two after I was in remission, I was terrified of having the cancer come back. I even made sure my mom took me to the local barbershop and had them buzz my hair (when it was starting to grow again) with the clippers. my fear was that if the cancer came back I would have to endure the trauma of losing it all over again. This was my life for about a year. I was told I was going to need a bone marrow transplant. After consulting with doctors at the Fred Hutchinson cancer research center, I was told that the best match they could find for me was a four out of six match. That was risky and dangerous. This meant another four to six months in the hospital, more Chemotherapy, plus radiation with less than a 50% chance of survival. After hearing all this I said I was done, I can’t do this anymore!

Shortly after that experience my bone marrow miraculously started to grow back. After being so anxious and stressed for so long, all I can remember was a feeling of relief. I remember when one of my doctors told me I was “done”, I left the hospital with my parents and collapsed in the parking lot crying with relief and joy.

The fear of the cancer returning has never gone away. I have checked off many of the things I was told I was never going to do. I returned to high school and graduated from high school, and I went to and graduated from college with an Associates Degree in General Studies. I got to have my dream wedding and married the man of my dreams. We have a house and a great dog and we have now been married for over 4 years (we celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary on September 28th! I still live in fear of the cancer relapsing. It may not be as intense as it once was, but it can be triggered at any time by the tiniest thing. It could be a dizzy spell, a strange pain or even just not feeling good.

The best thing that I can do is to absolutely live my life to the fullest even though I know the fear is always there. I can be afraid and do it anyway. I am proud to say that I will turn 33 years old on January 13th, 2018 and just 4 days later I will celebrate 17 years cancer free on January 17th, 2018 (t will be my lucky year, 17 Years Cancer-Free on the 17th! I love the life I am living!



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