Teacher Battling Breast Cancer Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Girl

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 11, 2014   |   5:45PM   |   Portland, OR

Although doctors sometimes suggest an abortion when a woman battling cancer is pregnant, Briana Dannen and her husband Brian decided not to have an abortion and to carry the pregnancy to term to give birth to their healthy baby. Studies show women don’t need to have an abortion and can safely seek chemo treatment during pregnancy.

Despite the struggle with breast cancer Briana faces, she gave birth to Harper June Dannen. The Sherwood, Oregon teacher was diagnosed with cancer about 20 weeks ago but gave birth Monday afternoon.harper2

KOIN reports that she found out she had an aggressive form of breast cancer and will now get a more aggressive chemotherapy now that Harper has been born.

A few weeks ago she said the bond she’s developed with her new daughter is “a great bond because we’ve been through this together, so I’ll be able to tell her one day how strong she was.”

That is a conversation she knows well.

“Thirty-two years ago when my mom was pregnant with me, she had breast cancer as well. And she’s still here, so that’s an inspiration to me.”



The baby’s middle name of June came from one of Briana’s aunt, who died after a long battle with breast cancer.

Family friend Gail Cutsforth told KOIN 6 News the whole family is doing great.