I can't believe it's been 10 years, 10 years of walking in Boston. Initially when I started walking, we made a family activity of it. My husband, my daughters, my aunts and my friend would go. We even dragged Chris Grant an his family with us a few years. Those were the days, it was fun, kids enjoyed walking through the Hat Shell, seeing all the supporters. As time evolved and things changed so did we. I like to think of it as we get better with age... we get better because we work harder, and smarter.
We started our fundraising efforts with the infamous Pub Crawl (the reason we are the Tipsy Tatas). After a few years of this we started our Annual Golf Outing. Some of have been there since the first one in 2012, some have joined in along the way, but you keep coming back and I thank you for that. You could go anywhere, and you choose us! So thank you. I also need to thank a few people, these are the people who help me all year to pull it all together: Chris, Rollie, Sue and Elizabeth, thank you for all you do, I couldn't do it without you. And how about the woman who are there year after year volunteering: Selby, Roxanne, Lois, Tina and our photography girls. From the bottom of my heart I thank you all.
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Lynnette Cennami. I am a mother of two amazing girls, and two beautiful grandchildren.
My family history for breast cancer is strong. In 2011, when I started this, I had three aunts in remission, one aunt who lost her fight at 57, and two cousins who lost their battle at 37, a month apart. Since then, we have added my sister to this group. We don't carry your typical type of Breast Cancer meaning the doctors usually say it runs maternal, ours is paternal. The genes that have been identified BRAC 1 & 2, we don't carry that either. None of my aunts or sisters did either, but they still have breast cancer..
I am excited that one of my aunts is being asked to follow up with a geneticist to explore some other genetic traits, and this, this is why I am here! I want to put a name to this type of cancer, a name beyond Breast Cancer. I want to tell my daughters this is the gene we carry! I want my daughter to know how to protect themselves, how to qualify for screenings and how exactly to watch my grand babies for this.
A gene gives preventive services. For me, I know I will have breast cancer, what I don’t know is when. I'm ok with that. Because I will then qualify for more testing, more answers that may help the researchers.
Over the past seven years MY TEAM, with your help has raised at least $50,000 for Making Stride Against Breast Cancer. This helps researchers and programs like the Support Advocates and Hope Lodge just to name a few. So again, thank you!
I want you to think about your wives, daughters, friends. How many of you know someone or has family who has Breast Cancer? You are the 1 in 8….. 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2017, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) Breast Cancer. Help us continue to fight for the 1 in 8, help us raise more funds for research.
To all of the survivors, Congratulations! Congratulations on fighting the fight!