Our Mission

Runway for Recovery is a 501(3)c non-profit that provides families with a continuum of support along their journey with breast cancer. We create community by hosting events and providing services that create joy and inspire hope. With shared understanding we celebrate survivors, honor legacies and fund families.

Our History

"While many breast cancer organizations look to find the cure, I am looking to find ways to help those families for whom the cure does not come in time." -- Olivia Achtmeyer Boger


Six years after losing my mother to a decade-long fight against breast cancer, I resolved to find an aspect of the disease where I could honor my mother’s memory and make a difference for other families fighting their own battles with breast cancer. For fifteen years, brave survivors and those walking in memory or celebration have become models at the Runway fashion show. They have raised funds to help families who are dealing with the impact of this disease. As survivors, the models epitomize heroism and strength. They carry with them the spirits of all those who have lost their battle with breast cancer, and the families and communities that stood by them.

Unlike most nonprofits focused on breast cancer, Runway is not oriented toward a cure. Instead, we seek to improve the lives of those who are currently affected by breast cancer by serving as a platform for them to access the resources, knowledge, and support they need. Our mission is rooted in the understanding that no one experiences breast cancer alone, and that there are ways to ease the burden of this disease on parents, children, caregivers, and loved ones.  We seek to celebrate and highlight the lives of those affected by breast cancer by motivating communities to support local families and directing funding towards services that significantly improve the lives of children and caregivers along their family's journey with breast cancer.

As Runway celebrates its 15th Anniversary Year, we will continue the work of honoring the survivors and funding the families of those impacted by breast cancer. Thank you for being an integral part of this organization's history and our future.

Founder, Executive Director of Runway

Our Board


Bill Achtmeyer

Bill Achtmeyer started his career in the strategy consulting industry in 1977 at Bain and Company where he rose to being one of ten senior partners leading the firm. In 1991, Bill Co-founded Parthenon and became Chairman, CEO, and Managing Partner in 1994. By 2014, Parthenon had grown to be a $100mm business with 28 partners and 350 professionals. 

Parthenon merged with EY in the fall of 2014 at an all-time high acquisition multiple for a strategy consulting firm. Bill continued to lead the organization until the end of 2019. Upon handing over the reins, he built EY-Parthenon into a $2 billion, 500 partner, and 5,000 consultant juggernaut. 

Philanthropically, Bill has served as Chairman of numerous organizations, including: the Boston Symphony Orchestra; the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; the Massachusetts High Technology Council; Tenacity; Lawrence Academy; and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. In June of 2012, Bill stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth after 11 years of service. Finally, he has served as Vice Chair at his alma mater, Belmont Hill, for over two decades.

Bill holds an A.B. from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Bill has five children and resides in Boston, MA with his wife Alli.


Lindsay Boger

Lindsay Boger Since leaving the mainstream workforce upon the birth of my second child, I have dedicated myself to raising my two children, a 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. During these years, I have done all I can to be as involved as possible in both of their school communities, as well as my local community, volunteering in many different capacities. My career and passion has always been working with children and families as a Clinical Social Worker, working in special needs adoption as well as Shriners Burn Hospital, where I continue to serve as an on-call Social Worker. I have been involved with Runway since its inception. I came to the event first as a guest and then supported the organization as a committee member. I hope to bring my passion and social work knowledge to this amazing organization in a more meaningful and full capacity as a member of the board.


Kristina Coccolutto

Kristina Coccoluto is a wife and mother of three--two beautiful girls and a baby boy. Before raising tiny humans, she was a Catering Sales Manager in the event industry. With a strong family history of breast cancer, it came as no surprise to learn she was BRCA1+. Kristina underwent a preventative double mastectomy in 2016, the year she became a Runway model. She has ran two marathons on Team Bright Pink and feels passionate about educating women on their personal breast cancer risk. Kristina’s most rewarding life work involves mentoring fellow previvors and adventures with her growing family. Kristina has been a model in Runway since 2016. 


Maggie Corcoran Seitz

Maggie Corcoran Seitz is thrilled to be joining the board of Runway for Recovery. As a lifelong Boston resident, Maggie is personally and professionally familiar with both the health care and philanthropic landscapes of the city and the surrounding areas. Having lost her own mother to breast cancer in 2017, Maggie is eager to have the opportunity to help other families dealing with such a difficult situation. Maggie holds her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston College and currently resides in the South End with her family.


Crystal Davis

Crystal Davis is currently a nurse in the Neurology Intensive Care Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She has spent the past seventeen years caring for patients and their families. In 2008 her wonderful husband Ronald became her caretaker for 22 months while she underwent treatment for stage 3 breast cancer. The courage that it took to survive came from her herself, her husband, and her two amazing children Nya and Kai. Her goal since her remission has been to be a support others and their families going through this life changing event. Her magnetic and vibrant personality are not only an inoculation for everyone she comes in contact with but also has helped her healing along the way. She completed the Susan B. Koman 3-day cancer walk while going through treatment. And after being a part of that event she said, "I knew then that I wanted to continue to dance and light up the stage for an organization that I believed in, and Runway For Recovery has become just that!"


Maggie DeMont

Maggie DeMont is currently the SVP of Corporate Strategy at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she has held a variety of different roles over the past 10+ years. Prior to HMH, Maggie was in Strategy Consulting as a Principal at the Parthenon Group, where she first met Olivia when she was her summer intern. She has her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and began her career in Investment Banking as a Senior Analyst at Chase Securities. Maggie has been attending Runway since it’s early days at Nashawtuc to support Olivia and honor her Grandmother Maggie who passed away from breast cancer. Maggie has three daughters and enjoys skiing with them and her husband on the weekends.


Madeline Demoulas

Madeline Demoulas holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and currently works with Demoulas and Market Basket Supermarkets. As a member of the Company's Operations Team, she assists in developing and overseeing systems and logistics as well as various personnel and customer service programs. Her familiarity with Runway started when she first met Olivia Achtmeyer Boger at Middlesex School in Concord. A six-year Committee member, Madeline's present role at R4R is developing and growing the Silent Auction. A Greek devotee, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Anatolia College.


Christina Fagan Pardy

Christina Fagan Pardy Founder and CEO of Sh*t That I Knit, a Boston-based knit accessories brand. If you're familiar with STIK, it is likely because we have partnered with Runway for the past four years - setting up a trunk show at the (incredible) event and donating 40% of our sales to Runway. While this partnership has solidified my love of Runway, my connection to the organization began 12 years ago when I volunteered for my field hockey coach's (Olivia Achtmeyer) first R4R event at the Concord Country Club. When I'm not running my business, I love hanging out with my *new* husband Alex, you can find us skiing on the weekends and playing backgammon by the fire or on the beach! STIK began donating Give-A-Sh*t Knit Kits to young adult cancer patients a few years ago so that they could benefit from meditative knitting while undergoing cancer treatments. We've donated well over 400 knitting kits to Young Adult Programs all over the country, most notably at Dana Farber.


Ashley Keeney

Ashley Keeney Mom of two wonderful children aged 5 and 3, Ashley lives in Marblehead MA with her husband. Ashley worked for 12 years in the Consumer Goods Industry in Marketing and Sales roles. Beginning with Procter and Gamble and most recently serving as a Director at Reckitt Benckiser. I'm currently working on my MBA at Boston University and looking forward to teaching Sales, Negotiations, and Consumer Behavior upon graduation.  My connection to the Runway organization is as a friend to Olivia, and I'm inspired and honored to service as a member of its board.


Kimberly Ahrendt Furnald

Kimberly Ahrendt Furnald Estate Planning and Private Business Solutions. Currently focused on creative insurance-based solutions for the estate planning needs of individuals and private business owners. Have worked in the financial services industry for more than 35 years. Fortunate enough to have known Cande and the Achtmeyer Family for over 30 years. I have introduced a number of families and friend to Runway which has strengthened our bond. Clint and I live on a working farm in NH and are the proud parents of two grown sons; one in the financial services world and the other is a local dairy farmer. I have been on the board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass, a chair of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Party in the Park, as well as past president and current board member of the Financial Planning Association of Northern New England. 


Randall Kennedy

Randall Kennedy  (Randy) is an American law professor and author at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law and focuses his research on the intersection of racial conflict and legal institutions in American life. He specializes in the areas of contracts, freedom of expression, race relations law, civil rights legislation, and the Supreme Court. One of his six books, Race, Crime, and the Law, won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Randy is the father of three young adults, and lost his own wife to cancer (not breast), in 2005 while his children were quite young. He is, therefore, quite empathetic of the families who are applying to Runway. Of note, Randy is a dear friend of Bill Achtmeyer, having first met my Bill at Princeton as his freshman-year roommate, and he is therefore thrilled to give his expertise and strategic vision to Runway in honor of their friendship. 


Kathryn Lorusso

Kathryn Lorusso is a busy mother of four children. She started her career at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute working in development and public relations before pursuing her master’s degree in dance/movement therapy. This interest in mind/body wellness led to a certification as a holistic health coach. Kathryn was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37 and was thrilled to walk the Runway in 2015. She has been involved with a few organizations close to her heart such as the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary and Gaining Ground. She is so honored to be a part of such an inspiring organization!


Suzanne Lowell

Suzanne Lowell President and Lead Designer for Suzanne B Lowell Lighting Design, Inc. since 1995. Previously on the faculty and staff of the Boston Conservatory. Breast Cancer Survivor since 2006, a preventative, second mastectomy in 2007 showed cancer in the pathology. Working with Runway for ten years, providing the lighting for the entire event.   I have been a long time supporter of charities that relate to animal welfare with primary focus upon Baypath Humane Society and Buddy Dog Humane Society. My favorite activity is anything that involves my partner, Liz.


Henry McNamara

Henry McNamara is a Partner at Great Oaks Venture Capital where he invests and advises early stage consumer, healthcare and technology businesses such as Allbirds, Away, Flatiron Health, Maven Clinic and Acorns. Henry was one of Olivia’s first students at Fenn in 2004 and attended the very first R4R event. In addition to R4R Henry has done work with philanthropic organizations such as Venture for America and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center. Henry, and his fiancé Laura, love to travel, ski and golf!


Ginger Bailey Pearson

Ginger Bailey Pearson serves as Assistant Vice President for Advancement Administration at Babson College. In her current role, she oversees Advancement Services and Communications, Stewardship and Events. Previously, Ginger spent five years at University of Massachusetts Lowell as the Executive Director of Advancement where she led and managed day-to-day operations. A graduate of Hamilton College, she began her career in marketing and banking. Ginger is an active member of her community and serves on the governing board of Lowell General Hospital, the boards of Circle Home, Edgcomb Tennis Club and the Battles Foundation.


Abbey Reynolds Redmond


Abbey Redmond currently lives in Concord, MA with her husband and three boys. She graduated from Lawrence Academy and holds her Bachelor of Arts in History from Ithaca College. After college she worked in the finance industry for many years. Working for companies including; Goldman Sachs, State Street and most recently, J.P. Morgan’s institutional fixed income sales desk. She left J.P. Morgan, where she met her husband, to become a full-time mom. Abbey’s aunt is a breast cancer survivor and her fight, along with many others, gives her the passion to get more involved with Runway.


Beth Summers

Beth Summers for the past six years I have devoted myself to raising my three children ages 9, 6, and 2. Prior to caring for my own children, I had the privilege of teaching kindergarten at the Learning Project Elementary School. And before my work in education, I had spent my career in the area of social work, specifically, helping families at risk. I hope to bring my passion for caring for children to Runway. I look forward to helping expand all the ways in which we can help families who are affected by cancer. I had the tremendous good fortune to have met Olivia, and her mother, when we were in high school and am so grateful to be part of this organization in her honor.


Wick Sollers

Wick Sollers is the former Managing Partner of King and Spaulding’s office in Washington, D.C., and the current Chair of the law firm’s 270 lawyer Government Matters practice group. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S. Senate Special Counsel. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Maryland Law School. He has served or is serving on a number of non-profit Boards, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, St. Paul’s School for Boys in Baltimore, and Living Classrooms.


James Ward

James Ward is a partner at Artemis, the industrial tech PE firm - focused on buying and building exceptional manufacturers of sensors, robotics, analytical instrumentation, specialty chemicals, and advanced materials. Most importantly, James is a partner to his wife and best friend Sophie, with whom he shares two mischievous little boys, Jack and Sammy, and a sweet life in Harvard Square. His support of R4R runs deep and is ultimately founded in his love for all the powerful women at its heart - including mom of moms, Cande Achtmeyer, his own mom, Lorraine Garnett Ward (original R4R model), and his life-long friend, Olivia Achtmeyer Boger.

Dr Leslie Fang

Dr. Leslie T. Fang

Dr. Leslie T. Fang received his Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He did his medical training at Harvard Medical School and his
residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he served as Chief
Medical Resident. He did his fellowship training in Nephrology at the Massachusetts
General Hospital and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. A
clinician and a teacher, he maintains an active international practice in Internal
Medicine and Nephrology and is a leading teacher at Harvard Medical School. At the
Massachusetts General Hospital, he served as Chief of the Walter Bauer Firm and as the Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee. He has received numerous awards for
excellence in teaching from Harvard Medical School and has served and chaired the
Medical Internship Selection Committee at the Massachusetts General Hospital for two
decades. He has been repeatedly honored among the Best Doctors of America. 

Headshot Tim Llewellyn

Tim Llewellyn

Tim Llewellyn As a photographer, Tim Llewellyn has shot on location all over the world for major
corporations, agencies, and non-profits. With a particular focus on healthcare and lifestyle portraiture, his work combines high production value and a captured moment style, blurring the line between the orchestrated and the candid.
He has been included three times in the Communication Arts Photography Annual and
has won the People’s Choice Award for Professional Advertising at the Prix de la Photograhie in Paris.
On the motion side, Tim's directing, writing and cinematography concentrate on shaping compelling and emotional narratives. His production company, Copper Hound Pictures, has been honored by several industry awards, most recently a Telly Award for his work with the Stone Ridge School in Maryland.

Board Bios for June 2021

Kristin Ferrari

Kristin Ferrari lives in Bedford, MA, with her three children: Alex, 22, Emma, 20, Ryan, 16, and her husband, Peter Ferrari, president of Shields Healthcare. In September of 2012, Kristin was diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma; she was 40 years old. One month after her diagnosis, she underwent a double mastectomy at Massachusetts General Hospital and is now a proud 8-year survivor. Her healing journey brought her to Runway for Recovery, where she has found significant belonging and has become an active member. Kristin has been invited to speak about her experience at high profile fundraising events like the PMC, Bedford Parents Association, and the Relay for Life. In February 2020, Kristin organized the R4R Rally in Bedford, MA that raised $4.1K in one day.

For the last seven years, she has been an integral part of the Bedford High School Counseling Department, where she works as the Administrative Assistant to the Director. Before that, she was a physician’s assistant at Winchester Hospital Chiro. Ms. Ferrari is an active member of the Parent Association and Parent Council in Bedford, MA.  

Bill Achtmeyer

Chairman of the Board

"The thing that is unbelievable about this event is the comradery and level of enthusiasm that takes place when the models begin to come down the runway."

Suzanne B. Lowell

Board Member, 12 Year In-Kind Sponsor

"It was so meaningful to see someone who had just suffered such a horrible loss be elevated by all of these people and all of this love."

We create a stage for heroes

Runway redefines the experience of breast cancer for families in three ways.


After twelve Boston area events, the Runway community has grown to include hundreds of former Runway "models," a spirited tribe of supporters, and a growing cohort of beneficiaries who have received funding from Runway. Part of Runway's mission is to provide opportunities for connection, shared experience, and healing within this community. To serve as a platform for those affected by breast cancer to find hope, support, and a tribe, ready and willing to offer a hand. We do this by offering options for connection both virtually and in person throughout the year.


Each year, we invite our community to nominate models who have been affected by breast cancer to dance down our Runway in a celebration of life. The event, held annually in October, attracts hundreds of people to cheer on our models. Local and national boutiques, hair and makeup artists, volunteers, and past models collaborate to pamper models for their trip down the Runway, demonstrating their strength and persistence. The event is the cornerstone of the Runway mission to celebrate families, survivors, and warriors undergoing treatment.


The fundraising we do through the event and auction, and the generous contributions of our community not only cover our nonprofit operations and programs, but allow us to deploy funding toward families who have lost their mother to breast cancer or those families who have a caregiver living with stage IV breast cancer. With careful stewardship, Runway bolsters these families with a combination of financial support and wraparound services from counseling to academic support. The needs of each family differ immensely, and so does the support they receive from Runway.

Why We Walk

"I walk for the first person to ever love me, and teach me about love—my tough, smart, outspoken, and brave mother, Peggy Underwood." Darren Allen, walking in memory of his mother, Peggy Underwood (2012)

Darren Allen

"I walk for the first person to ever love me, and teach me about love—my tough, smart, outspoken, and brave mother."

Walking in memory of his mother, Peggy Underwood (2012)


Rachael Asselin, walking in memory of her mother, Rylin Ann Malone (1993)

Rachael Asselin

"I’m walking because we have all been touched by incredible women in our lives.  Women who have given us strength we didn’t know we had, showed us the way when we couldn’t see, and taught us what it means to love unconditionally."

Walking in memory of her mother, Rylin Ann Malone (1993)

Jenna Auber, a survivor since 2013

Jenna Auber

"I walk in the hope that someday, no one will have to utter the words "I lost my Mom (wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin) to Breast Cancer.”

A survivor since 2013

Meet Our Full-Time Volunteers


Runway for Recovery remains a nearly all-volunteer run organization. We have a team of dedicated and uniquely qualified individuals who work tirelessly to promote our message, manage our events and care for our families. Our volunteers give of themselves so that we can continue to give to those who need it most.

We need your help

The Runway community has been fortunate enough to meet over 550 men, women, and children who have been affected by breast cancer. All the funds, over $1.6M since our founding, goes to wrap-around services for families facing the unimaginable during and after a breast cancer diagnosis.

We want nothing more than to continue changing the lives of those affected by this disease in big ways and small. This is where you come in! Any donation truly helps and we are extremely grateful.

You may donate online by clicking the button below or sending a check to:
Runway for Recovery
29 Water Street, Suite 216
Newburyport, MA 01950