A Salesforce (Survivor) Story
With a background in database development, she started as a Salesforce power user and soon became the staff go-to for Salesforce help. Eventually, she became a Salesforce Certified Administrator.
Change of Plans
Shortly after becoming certified a few years ago, she was shocked and devastated to be diagnosed with Stage IIB triple-negative breast cancer. Focused on healing, she was forced to put her life on pause and, unfortunately, she lost her certification.
With a background in fashion, she used her sewing skills during treatment to create The ParkPuff™, a stylish seatbelt pillow for breast cancer survivors worldwide. After cancer, she was determined to live with meaning and create with purpose.
(Salesforce) Life After Cancer
As an active member of the Salesforce Women in Tech (WiT) community, she was HONORED to contribute her design and Salesforce skills for good by helping Amplify (formerly Girlforce) build their new website...and grateful for the opportunity to work on such a meaningful project!
Welcomed back into the Salesforce community with open arms, she is now a proud part of the ImagineCRM team, a newly Salesforce Certified Administrator, a strong advocate for women in tech—especially women of color—and excited to have recently attended her first post-cancer Dreamforce!
Cancer and Beyond
Often told she is “too young for cancer,” Rachel is especially passionate about helping other young breast cancer survivors feel less alone. After more than a year of 15 rounds of chemotherapy, three surgeries and 32 radiation treatments, she is especially thankful this year to have recently celebrated over two-and-a-half years of being cancer-free!
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Rachel’s distinct made-to-order ties have been custom-created for special weddings, received international press and also been worn on the Emmys® red carpet! She continues to comfort breast cancer survivors worldwide with the ParkPuff™, is a strong advocate for young breast cancer survivors, and founded the Cancer Nonprofits group in the Power of Us Hub. A proud data dork, she is a techie/foodie who enjoys coffee, Korean BBQ (not together), long walks on the beach and playing with her pug. Follow her on Twitter: @rachelparkties & @survivormoda.