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2018 ANNUAL SPRING BREAKFAST
Our third annual spring breakfast was a big hit! We were excited to welcome over 175 attendees to hear Amy Silverstein share her story.. We are thrilled to share with you that at this event we raised over $170,000 for breast cancer research.
Amy Silverstein, a breast cancer survivor, is the author of My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, an intimate celebration of the power of women’s friendship. She is an active speaker and writer on women’s health issues and patient advocacy.
Amy was a vibrant, energetic 24-year-old student at NYU Law School when she learned she had a failing heart; suddenly, it was heart transplant or die. At 25, she underwent heart transplant surgery and, amazingly, her new heart beat strong for nearly three decades, despite a ten-year prognosis. She received her second heart transplant at 50.
Amy is also the author of the highly acclaimed memoir Sick Girl, a courageous, unforgettable self-portrait and riveting account of the quest to be a self-advocating patient and survive against all odds. Sick Girl was voted winner of the Books for a Better Life award and a finalist for the Borders Original Voices award. Amy’s new book, My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, is in development for a television miniseries.
2017 ANNUAL SPRING BREAKFAST
Our second annual spring breakfast was a big hit! We were excited to welcome over 250 attendees to hear Annie Parker share her courageous story, and to learn about advancements in genetic testing by Lisa Bush. We are thrilled to share with you that at this event we raised over $110,000 for breast cancer research.
Annie Parker was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1951. When she was only 14 years old, she lost her mother to cancer. Twelve years later, her beloved sister, Joan, also died from the same disease.
Annie’s doctors told her it was “just bad luck”. She didn’t believe them. Annie became convinced that there had to be a genetic link for certain types of cancer. This belief also meant that she was convinced that she, too, would get cancer.
She did. In 1980, she developed breast cancer, had a mastectomy and survived. Her marriage didn’t.
Annie went on to survive two more cancers. Her life story was the inspiration for the 2013 film Decoding Annie Parker, and she is now an advocate for cancer care and genetic testing.
2016 PREMIER SPRING BREAKFAST
Our premier breakfast was a big success. We were excited to welcome over 200 attendees to hear Geralyn Lucas share her story about living with courage, spirit, and gratitude after breast cancer, bringing laughter and tears to all who attended. We are thrilled to share with you that at this event we raised over $72,000 for breast cancer research.
Geralyn Lucas is an award-winning television producer, author, lecturer and women’s health advocate. As a 20-year breast cancer survivor/activist, she created and was the coordinating producer for the ABC NEWS GOES PINK campaign, which encouraged women across America to learn the facts about breast cancer, and take the “Pink Pledge.” The Pledge, a promise to get screened, resulted in the diagnosis of Amy Robach, after an on-air mammogram which made news around the world. Geralyn’s new book, Then Came Life, Penguin, October `14, follows her debut, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy. Life received a Starred review in Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews had this to say, “One application of bright-red lipstick later, she had rewritten the game plan for women everywhere.”
Geralyn is an honors graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in New York City with her husband, Tyler, and two children, Skye and Hayden.