The Pink Chair Project


Breast cancer survivors paint chairs that will be showcased throughout Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens

Jupiter Medical Center and the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center are proud to present the “Pink Chair Project,” a campaign to honor breast cancer survivors and raise awareness about breast health during the month of October.

The project features chairs decorated by breast cancer survivors, whose designs reflect the inspiration that helped them navigate through their diagnosis and treatment. Each chair is as unique as the survivor. For instance, Donna’s design illustrates her spiritual faith and her gratitude to her family and her medical team; Kris’ ocean design is inspired in part by the mythical strength of the seahorse; and there’s Marine, whose children inspired her family-centered design. In some cases, they are being created in collaboration with volunteers who embrace the survivor and her artistic vision.

Jupiter Medical Center is hosting decorating parties where some of the women will gather and work on their projects together. The first is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta. Once completed, the chairs will be displayed in several shops at The Gardens Mall, as well as the Loggerhead Marine Life Center, South Florida Science Center and other locations to raise awareness about breast health, during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each chair will feature a picture of the survivor along with a narrative that explains the origin of her design.

“The Pink Chair Project is a beautiful way to pay tribute to this group of courageous women, some of whom are newly diagnosed or living with metastatic breast cancer, while others are in remission,” said Dr. Nancy Taft, medical director of Jupiter Medical Center’s Comprehensive Breast Program. “At each stage of their diagnosis and treatment, they have displayed courage and resolve. They truly are survivors, and we are honored to share their stories through this project and hopefully inspire others who are facing a similar challenge.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers, and it is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death among women. The American Cancer Society estimates that there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States – including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.

Jupiter Medical Center’s Pink Chair project also will raise awareness about the importance of women and men knowing their risk for breast cancer, recognizing signs and symptoms of the disease, and getting mammograms each year.

“We know that women have a greater chance of survival when their cancer is diagnosed early,” said Dr. Orna Hadar, a breast imaging specialist at the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center. “Our hope this project will inspire all women to be screened for breast cancer on a regular basis. Early detection saves lives and transforms cancer patients into cancer survivors.”

Please contact Sue Goulding, Marketing Coordinator at Jupiter Medical Center via email at sgoulding@jupitermed.com or call 561-263-3861. We’ll be looking for breast cancer survivors as well as locations to host the chairs.

Survivor Stories

Andrea Aitken

"You Are Your Own Best Advocate! Being confronted with a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelmingly emotional. It also becomes a full-time job..."

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Betty Ann Baker

"The most difficult part of my breast cancer experience was deciding what to do and who to choose as my health care team. I had always thought..."

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Bobbi Procyk

"Joining a support group is one the best things you can do for yourself. You’ll meet other women who are going through the same diagnosis and treatment, which helps to alleviate some of the fear."

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Debbie

"Do breast self-exams because the type of cancer I had is rarely picked up on mammograms or ultrasounds. Be vigilant about your breast health. Enjoy life, have hope and do everything you want to do so you have no regrets. "

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Debbie Brooks

"Don’t go through your breast cancer journey alone, find a friend, support group, someone who has been there and done that to talk to and connect with. Never give up hope."

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Donna Geniti

"Never think of a cancer diagnosis as a death sentence. I’m living proof that there are treatments available. You can survive this. The diagnosis is the beginning of treatment, of hope and survival..."

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Gail Ganzlin

"People have called me strong for enduring all I have been through with this disease. Do I know where this strength comes from? No, but I felt it each time it came back. I was a batter at the plate. I had to do what I had to do to move forward..."

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Grace Carpenter

"Stay positive and keep a positive mindset. No “poor me” attitude. I knew in my deepest soul I would be okay. People said “you are doing great,” and I replied “No, I just showed up and stay positive.""

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Heather Rombach

"Know your body, have your tests done. Don’t be afraid of the tests, of the results or the financial stuff. You are not alone and will never fight alone. We are here for you with open arms, support and a loving sisterhood that truly understands!"

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Jamie Dunham

"Please perform a breast self-exam every month, knowing your body can save your life."

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Jo Nagorka

"Please don’t put off those tests, trust your doctor, and trust your body. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s not right, so keep checking until you get an answer. And my advice is to LIVE every day!"

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Kathie Arbree

"Get your mammograms! If you do get a diagnosis of breast cancer, know that you can do this!"

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Kristina Caulfield

"Try to take it one day at a time. I know at first it’s like a tornado with all the doctor’s appointments and imaging in a short amount time. It can be overwhelming, but stay positive! It’s amazing how easily it is to go down that tunnel..."

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Lainey Ruskay Muenich

"My goal is to educate and bring awareness to young women about the reality that breast cancer can occur among women under the age of 40, like it did with me. Please listen to your body; it will let you know if something isn’t right. And be sure and go to your doctor for regular check-ups."

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Lauren Linn

"Get your mammograms. Be your own advocate. Do what works for you-everyone has opinions and they will give them (even those that have never had cancer). Cancer is not a death sentence..."

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Lee Ann Fries

"A cancer diagnosis does not have to be your death sentence. Think of cancer as a message of love and hope-a signal to look at your life, listen to your body and make changes..."

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Linda O'Meara

"Don’t ignore your body, being vigilant."

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Linda Yonescu

"Get yearly mammograms. Treatment options for breast cancer have improved greatly since 1990. Have hope. Take one day at a time"

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Marine Crile

"Trust your gut and check your breasts often. Love deeper, hug harder, forgive faster. The future depends on what you do today."

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Michelle Hansen

"FIGHT! Don't ever give up! Find what makes you smile and carry it with you along your journey of recovery. Staying positive is key. Surround yourself with those you love. Share your story and encourage others with your empowerment!"

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Molly Newton

'Listen to your body. The internet is not a physician. Trust your intuition; there are no stupid questions. Get screened and encourage others to be screened. Early detection may have saved my life."

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Nina Fusco

"Your friends and family are there to support and help you."

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Pat Thasan Maher

"Be gentle with yourself. Surround yourself with positive individuals, and remember that with God, all things are possible."

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Randi Binder

"A mammogram once a year is not enough. Don’t rely solely on your annual tests. Do regular self-examinations. Had I not done self-exams, I might not be here today. Don’t be paralyzed by fear..."

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Sherri Boyce

"Have your mammograms and ultrasounds annually. Go with your gut, check things out, and do what you know is right for you. Be your own advocate because things could turn out dramatically different. Listen to your intuition."

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Whitney Marro

"Surround yourself with a medical team you have confidence in and that truly cares about you. It will make a big difference. Stay strong and go for your goals, they’re worth it."

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