Meet this year's Pink Party models! Cheer on these survivors, escorted by West Hartford police officers and firefighters, as they strut down the runway in fall's latest fashions. WTNH's Alyssa Taglia and Laura Hutchinson will host the show starting at 6PM.
April is a two-time breast cancer survivor from Glastonbury. As a kayaker and paddleboard instructor, and having completed an Ironman Triathlon last year, April wants others to know that just because you live a healthy lifestyle, or do not have a history of breast cancer, does not mean you are immune to being diagnosed with breast cancer. After her diagnosis, April focuses on living in the moment and surrounds herself with like-minded, happy and adventurous people, like her three children!
Cathy is a six-year survivor from Coventry. Cathy has led the Pink Ladies team for the Hartford More Than Pink Walk for five years now. Cathy’s advice to others about breast cancer is this: “Be the warrior you know you can be. Stay as positive as you can, no matter how hard it gets.” Spending time with her husband and daughters makes Cathy the happiest!
This year, Cheryl from Bolton celebrated 31 years as a survivor! After having cancer, Cheryl has decided to live life to the fullest. Cheryl drives a bus for her local senior center and loves to plays golf and pickleball. She has also been volunteering for Komen New England for 26 years.
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Cynthia from Hartford is coming up on her 12th year as a survivor. Having breast cancer has strengthened Cynthia’s faith, taught her to take one day at a time and to not be afraid to ask for help! Cynthia facilitates a cancer support group at her church and encourages women to be their own advocate and maintain their regular yearly mammograms. Cynthia has 3 adult children and several grandchildren that she enjoys spending time with.
Donna is a three-and-a-half-year survivor from Berlin. Donna’s advice to other women battling breast cancer is this: “lean on others and let them do things for you, trust your doctors and nurses, and never, ever give up. You will not only survivor, but you will thrive!” Donna is retired and is always up for an adventure! She has a wonderful husband, 2 daughters and just celebrated the birth of her first granddaughter.
Erin form Norwalk is celebrating her fifth year as a survivor this month. Since having breast cancer, her feelings are more intense, and she is able to focus on the things that matter most in life. Erin feels strongly that you are your biggest advocate, and if something does not seem right, it probably is not and you should consult with your doctor. Erin is a massive Back to the Future fan and has a goal of someday owning her own DeLorean.
Flora is coming up on her sixth year as a survivor, and having been diagnosed has changed so much for her. Flora learned to prioritize herself and her health and has a renewed appreciation for life. She is more thankful, patient, tolerant and way more involved in breast cancer awareness and fundraising. Flora wants other survivors to know they are not alone in their battle, and to connect with organizations like Komen that can help with their recovery- whether that be physically, emotionally or mentally.
Helen was just diagnosed in February of 2019 on her 50th birthday. Helen says having breast cancer has turned her world upside down, and while her and her family have had to learn to change and deal with the adjustments, Helen’s advice to others is to never ever give up! Helen is from the UK, and can’t wait to become a US citizen!
Jenn is a two-and-a-half-year survivor from Avon. Jenn is bolder and braver for having gone through treatment. Jenn’s advice about breast cancer is to stay healthy with exercise, and to accept help and talk to other survivors that have or are going through the same journey. Jenn feels incredibly blessed to have her family in her life, and loves traveling with them to make memories that feel even more precious since her diagnosis.
Kathy is a five-year survivor from West Hartford. After being diagnosed, Kathy has learned to live in the moment and make each moment count. When asked what her advice to others about breast cancer would be, Kathy said to “conduct regular self-exams in addition to your mammogram, and if a little voice is telling you something is concerning, talk to your doctor!” Kathy is a single mom to two kids and is a high school history teacher.
Kim from Watertown is a three-year breast cancer survivor. For many years, Kim supported Komen in the fight against breast cancer, but in 2016 her title changed from supporter to survivor when she was diagnosed with 2 areas of Invasive Lobular Cancer. Kim says that she has met some very strong and remarkable people that she might not have come across if we didn't have this one thing in common. When Kim isn’t on adventure or spending time with her family, you can probably find her at spin class!
Laurie is a four-and-a-half-year survivor from Higganum. Since her diagnosis, Laurie finds the silver lining in everything, and takes advantage of every opportunity she gets. Laurie’s advice is “don’t waste time being unhappy or let fear keep you from living your life.” Laurie is a mother of 3 and is a hockey, baseball and dance mom!
Leslie from West Hartford is a 19-year survivor! Having breast cancer has made Leslie aware of how important it is to get regular mammograms. Her advice to others is to stay positive! Leslie is a foodie and loves to cook, she is always thinking about others and sharing her kindness.
Mary is a 12-year survivor from Middletown. Since being diagnosed, Mary found the importance of faith, humor, family and friends and being grateful for each day. Mary wants other survivors to know they are not alone and there is a lot of support available. Mary is finally no longer living one day at a time; she is now living for the future and excited about upcoming trips next year!
Maxine was just diagnosed in January of 2019 and is from Avon. Being diagnosed for Maxine was a huge shock, as there was no history of breast cancer in her family, but she remained strong in her faith. Maxine is committed to living a healthy and active lifestyle, and has been testing healthy recipes on her husband for many years. They will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary at the end of the month! Maxine is very excited to be walking the runway with her daughter and fellow survivor, Susan!
Nancy from West Hartford is a seven-year survivor. When asked how breast cancer has affected her life, Nancy said “As difficult it was to go through treatments including surgery and chemo and radiation, it gave me such an appreciation for life and support of my family. Every day is a gift.” Nancy is a mother of three, grandmother of seven wonderful grandchildren who keep her active and busy and wife to a wonderful husband who has supported her throughout her journey.
Patty Murray is an eight-year survivor from Avon. Patty’s advice to others about breast cancer is to work closely with your doctors to understand what is happening, to lean on your family, and to take the healthy steps- physically, mentally and spiritually- to move towards rebuilding your health and gaining back your life with renewed confidence! When Patty isn’t working in her vegetable garden, you can find her golfing, fishing or boating with family and friends.
Semaria is a 12-and-a-half-year survivor from Hartford. Being diagnosed at 37 years old, Semaria realized that her diagnosis was not a death sentence, and wants other women to understand that, too. Having had breast cancer actually enriched Semaria’s life in so many ways and taught her to embrace her blessings and push through the tough times.
Shirley just celebrated her 23rd year as a survivor! Shirley has just completed her 21st Komen 3-Day. Shirley didn’t let breast cancer determine her life, she took charge of her own journey, and hopes that other women do the same. Shirley is passionate about dance, crocheting, gardening and of course, walking!
Susan is an 18-year survivor from Avon. After being diagnosed, Susan became passionate about taking better care of herself with a proper diet and exercise. Ultimately, Susan decided to start her own life and health coaching company called Lane Changers. Susan is a mother to an amazing daughter and one sassy granddaughter who shares her love of high heels and the beach!