The Will to Be A Mother “Dancing in Honor of Carly Caswell (2011)” When one thinks about a sister, for the most part, one imagines the life that they will share with their sibling as they grow-up and grow old together. Shauna and Carly were just those sisters. Carly was three years older than Shauna,…

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Dear Runway for Recovery community, Because of the population that we serve, which is primarily immunocompromised at our annual Runway show, we would like to give you an important update about the following precautions we are taking in order to do all we can to help ensure the safety of attendees at our October event,…

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I had a friend tell me once that “time is a gift not everyone receives” and every year, when I am about to blow out the candles, I think of how lucky I am to be celebrating another year around the sun. While it is easy to complain about the number of candles on the…

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Let’s Walk Together. At the beginning of the pandemic, the goals for Runway were very straightforward: stay safe, keep people informed, increase the support for those we fund, and maintain a community for those coping with breast cancer. We recognized that breast cancer wasn’t going to take a pause just because the world faced COVID-19.…

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Funding our Runway families is the primary focus of our organization. We believe there are tangible ways to make a difference in the lives of children who have lost a mother to breast cancer by paying for wrap-around services for the family. Because of the incredible support of those in attendance at our Virtual Runway…

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It was May of 2018, and Dorothy was nursing her infant while her two-year-old was playing with toy trucks at her feet. Dorothy noticed a lumpy area in her left breast. Totally surrounded by all things baby, and having experienced lots of complications nursing her first child, Dorothy assumed the lumpy area had to do with blocked milk ducts, mastitis, or some other breastfeeding condition. 

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On a warm July night in 2007, I was at Fenway Park, watching the Red Sox with my friend Taylor Blaisdell, who owned a boutique in Concord, MA, chatting about a way to honor my mom’s breast cancer journey. Taylor shared an idea about a fundraiser fashion show she had been part of recently, and…

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Reframing the way we think about the next 52+ weeks. Since March, I’ve started a majority of my sentences with, “when this all goes back to normal, I will…” and fill in the ending with something about how life used to be. It is a way of thinking that provides a huge amount of safety…

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Earlier this week, I sent our models a special video message, and today, I emailed one out to our community of donors and supporters to let them know about our plans for The Runway Show this October. Simply stated, we are forgoing in-person events until we are sure that we can keep our community safe.

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