It certainly must have been fate that we found Heather Carr, our 2017 honoree, because not only did our awesome MWBC handyman, Richie Leblanc inform us of her, but ironically enough, Kristen crossed paths with her at their mutual hairdresser. Heather is a special ed teacher in Natick, a long time Natick resident, a wife, and a mother of four boys. Heather is navigating her breast cancer with such patience and levelheadedness, and is not missing a beat with her day to day life. Having recently undergone a lumpectomy to remove the cancer, along with all of her lymph nodes in her right side, Heather is continuing her chemotherapy and will start radiation afterwards. She is really just in the thick of her treatments and we are so glad that our worlds collided. We are honored to be donating to Carr family this Thanksgiving!
Meet Lynne Cao, our 2016 honoree for our 7th Annual Thanksgiving fundraiser. We are so honored to have been introduced to Lynne by our long time bootcamp friend, Halye Sugarman. Lynne and her husband, Mike, live in Natick with their two, very adorable children, Carter and Katherine. Lynne and her family were vacationing in Disney this past April, when Lynne found a lump in her breast. Having a family history of breast cancer, Lynne immediately saw the doctor when returning from vacation where she quickly learned that she had a good sized cancerous tumor, it was indeed breast cancer. Because of the size of the cancer and the fact that it had spread to her lymph nodes, Lynne’s treatment was and continues to be aggressive. She immediately had 12 weeks of chemotherapy, and 3 weeks ago had a double mastectomy. She will continue with another round of chemo, followed by radiation. In all of this craziness, Lynne continues to work and care for her family. She is truly a wonder woman and we are so privileged to have her as our honoree this year.
Thanks to Caryn Grozalsky, our honoree from our 2013 Thanksgiving Day Fundraiser, we were introduced to our very special and amazing 2015 honoree, Alexa Hu. Alexa is the very young and beautiful wife and mom of 2 adorable little girls. Alexa is one very worthy honoree as she is battling a courageous fight against breast and brain cancer. We are so honored to be able to support her in her journey.
Our 2014 honoree, Debbie Postizzi, has a very special place in our hearts, as she is the mother of our favorite handy man, Dave Appleton, and soon to be mother-in-law to MWBC’s amazing friend, Kristin Gerard.
For those of you who don’t know, Kristin and Dave had their “first date” two years ago at MWBC’s 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Day fundraiser in 2012. Now, just 2 years later, they are engaged and ready to take the plunge this spring (you’re welcome).
When we learned that Debbie was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of months ago, we thought it only fitting that we honor her at our 2014 event.
Debbie has two kids and 5 grandchildren and more fight in her than a room full of bootcampers. She was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer and is currently undergoing grueling chemo treatments. She is a life long Framingham resident and an absolute sweetheart behind that warrior exterior and we are honored to help her in her fight.
Our second honoree, Kelly Sansossio, had two big surprises this year, the first was that she found out she was pregnant with her 3rd child, the second was that 11 weeks into that pregnancy she found out she had stage 2 breast cancer. Fast forward to today. Kelly and her husband welcomed Camilla “Milly” to their family. Milly joined her 2 big brothers, Grady and Griffen, and is the spitting image of her warrior Mom, Kelly. Kelly started chemo while just 16 weeks pregnant with Milly and continues treatment and will until Milly is around 1 year old. Kelly grew up in Natick and lives in Norfolk with her family. We had lunch with Kelly and we all sat in awe of her matter-of-fact attitude and humor about life, kids and kicking cancer’s stupid ass so she can get on with living. She truly reminded us of what being thankful is all about. To read more about Kelly’s journey with cancer you can visit her Caringbridge site.
Meet Jessica Ward. Jessica is a mother, a nurse, a girlfriend, a sister, and a daughter. Jessica is a long time resident of the Metrowest area. She grew up in Natick and is now living in Ashland with her two beautiful daughters, Hannah, five, and Izzy, three, as well as her amazing and supportive boyfriend, Scott. In July of this year, Jess found a lump the size of a lemon in her breast. Her inital diagnosis was stage 2b breast cancer, but the cancer is an aggressive form and quickly spread to her liver. Jessica now has Stage 4 cancer, is undergoing some really intensive chemo treatments, and is fighting a great fight! Jess has such a positive outlook and amazing attitude, and we are so honored to have crossed paths with her. We are so excited for our bootcamp family to meet her too! If you want to read more about Jess and her journey, check out her blog!
This is Caryn, a Framingham resident, teacher for the Weston public schools, a wife, a mother, and a beloved sister of one of our bootcampers. She is pictured here with her two adorable daughters. In December, it’ll be one year since Caryn’s journey with breast cancer begin. A journey that started with an initial diagnosis of Stage 0 non-invasive ductal carcinoma insitu, and quickly turned to Stage 2 breast cancer after 2 tumors were found during her mastectomy, and they found the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes. Caryn has had a long year of treatments and surgeries, and continues to fight hard against this horrible disease. Caryn is determined and strong willed and is eager to get her life and freedom back. We are so happy to have found such an amazing and deserving woman. If you would like to learn more about Caryn, check out her Caring Bridge site.