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Bosh’s Boobettes

 

Bosh’s Boobettes: Remembering a mother’s 26-year battle against breast cancer

 

Carolyn Boschi founded Bosh’s Boobettes in 2007, a year after being diagnosed with breast cancer.  “My mother Fran fought the disease for 26 years,” Boschi said.  Her mother had a radical mastectomy, chemotherapy and other treatments.  “She was a huge inspiration to me. Her attitude was always amazing, and I hope I learned from it, ” she stated.  Sadly, Fran Boschi lost her battle against breast cancer in March 2010.

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Bosh's Boobettes on Central Park West
at the 2010 Race.

Team members include Boschi’s domestic partner, her sisters, nieces and dear friends. All share the dream of finding a cure for breast cancer.  Last year, Bosh’s Boobettes had 12 members (two of whom were “Sleep in for the Cure” participants) and raised $1,745.  This year, Boschi hopes to raise $5,000.

Bosh’s Boobettes was a support system for Boschi during her breast cancer fight.   Team members provided me with “…incredible support and comfort throughout my personal journey from diagnosis through treatments,” she said.

“My domestic partner was an amazing co-survivor who took incredible, unwavering care of me,” she explained.  “My sister and nieces also shared the emotional strain of watching my mother wage a courageous battle against breast cancer and feeling deep sorrow when she passed away.”

Boschi recruits team members via email and Facebook, which she also uses for fundraising.  This year, she plans to do increased follow up for pledges through both email and phone, as well as take advantage of the Race Facebook application.

The team’s first Race was the most memorable for Boschi, because “I was there.”  The 2007 Race took place close to the end of her treatment.  “It was a reaffirmation of my life to be able to be part of such a wonderful, worthwhile event.  It was so uplifting and encouraging going to Bethesda Foundation and being part of a ‘sea of pink’ for the survivor photo.

“It reinforced that we have to be grateful for everything we have.  That survivors, like me, have triumphed over the disease and are able to live life every day.”