Moms and Birthdays

By Olivia Achtmeyer Boger | March 4, 2021

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 cake getting larger, there is no greater lesson than the COVID pandemic as to why celebrations —big or small— are so meaningful. Smiling faces, hugs, and laughter are all things we no longer take for granted. We are no more grateful for these small acts…

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2021 Goals for Runway

By Olivia Achtmeyer Boger | January 28, 2021

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. Now, as we enter a new calendar year, we wanted to layout our goals for 2021. Runway’s Goals for 2021: Remain connected. Build upon our amazing community. Find ways to celebrate and find joy. Support those in pain. Plan for “normal” events and prepare for…

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An Update on Funding Runway Families

By Olivia Achtmeyer Boger | December 8, 2020

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 Show in October, we raised $293K! Because of you, we can continue to assist families and children who have applied to our Family Grants Program. Most recently, a family who applied for a grant, is made up of an 11-year-old girl and her maternal grandparents.…

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Meet the Models: Dorothy Burnham

By Olivia Achtmeyer Boger | September 30, 2020

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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September: The Fashion Behind the Runway

By Olivia Achtmeyer Boger | September 22, 2020

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 we started brainstorming what it could look like to honor women and families experiencing breast cancer through a fashion show format in Concord. The Runway Show was born that night, and the rest is history. However, the real story began years earlier when I had…

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