Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink Chair Project Highlights Inspiring Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors

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

Now in its second year, the project features chairs decorated by breast cancer survivors and patients whose designs reflect the inspiration that helped them navigate through their diagnosis and treatment. The chairs will be on display at businesses in Jupiter and the surrounding communities throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each chair is as unique as the designer and is accompanied by a display that explains the origins of the concept. For example:

  • Honor’s chair, painted white with a blue whale as the focal point, was inspired by the symbolism of the whale’s tail: “The whale’s tail is considered to be a symbol of luck and joy within. The symbolism of the whale’s tail has resonated with me throughout my journey with breast cancer.”
  • Julie’s chair serves as a canvas for a beautiful painting of the Jupiter Lighthouse: “A breast cancer diagnosis casts you into unfamiliar waters, where you need assistance navigating through the choppy, unpredictable surf until your journey is complete. I find the lighthouse both beautiful and inspirational. It is the beacon that lights my way to recovery.”
  • Allison, who says being diagnosed with cancer was “like being caught in an unexpected storm,” found inspiration in a poem, by Emily Dickinson titled Hope is the Thing with Feathers. Her chair features images of birds painted on a rich pink background: “I love the symbolism and the meaning of the poem. The song of hope sounds sweetest in the storm. The storm has passed, I’m doing well and living each day to the fullest.”
  • Jackie says the greatest lesson she learned from her breast cancer journey is to slow down and savor life. Her chair is a beautiful beach scene, with blue sky, sand and shells, and a cascade of photos of her with family and friends: “I’m enjoying traveling, the beach, and most of all, I am cherishing every moment with my wonderful family and friends.”
  • Sylvia finds solace in the Biblical scripture, 1 Corinthians 13:13, which reads, “Three things will last forever: faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love. Her bright pink chair prominently features the words faith, hope and love, along with a bra adorned with colorful gemstones and flowers to get your attention: “Even in the challenge that breast cancer presents, life still has beauty when we focus on faith, hope and love.”

These stories represent just a sample of the 30 women who have been confronted with breast cancer. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, 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.

The Pink Chair Project also is aimed at stressing the importance of diagnostic screening, with the goal of early diagnosis. Many of the participants’ stories incorporate that message, with some finding their cancer at its earliest stage and others encouraging women to get their mammograms and other diagnostic tests annually.

All of the chairs will be on display at the following locations, starting October 1:

The Gardens Mall

  • Aveda
  • Bloomingdales
  • Brighton Jewelry
  • Bunulu
  • Chico's
  • Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
  • Godiva Chocolatier
  • Hamilton Jewelers
  • Michael Kors
  • Nordstrom
  • Park Avenue BBQ
  • Pottery Barn Kids
  • Sephora
  • South Moon Under
  • Vineyard Vines

Harbourside Place

  • Bravo Cucina Italiana Restaurant
  • Broward Design Center/BDC of Jupiter
  • Jofit Women’s Golf, Tennis and Fitness Apparel

Jupiter

  • Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas
  • HealthePets Market
  • Jupiter Branch Library
  • Jupiter Community Center
  • Jupiter Lighthouse Museum
  • Loggerhead Marinelife Center
  • Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center
  • The Inspired Sewist

Palm Beach Gardens

  • BallenIsles Country Club

Tequesta

  • Evo Restaurant

West Palm Beach

  • South Florida Science Center

Please visit this site throughout the month of October to see featured survivor stories.

Survivor Stories

Acelia McEvers (Grassi)

"Find your Pink Stars. Love them. Loving others is just as healing as being loved. Perhaps more."

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Alison Clark

"Reach out to everyone who loves you, whether it’s family friends, hospital staff, parishioners - anyone who cares about and for you. You will be rewarded with LOVE. And there’s always room for HOPE in the same way."

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Arie Strobel

"In August of 2018, I went in for a routine mammogram, and it showed something suspicious. After undergoing two biopsies, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was referred to Dr. Nancy Taft, medical director of Jupiter Medical Center’s Comprehensive Breast Program, and I also met Donna Skillings, RN, nurse navigator."

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Cissy Raymond

"Be Strong! Find a buddy; mine was my daughter. She went to every appointment with me. You need that special someone to be an extra set of ears and hear what you do not during your doctors’ visits and treatment."

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Denise Carlo

"Live, live, live. Even before my diagnosis, I lived life to the fullest!"

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Donna McCarthy

"Join a support group. Many stories that are shared in these groups may be a little different than yours, but along the way you find support, encouragement and a source of strength that is hard to find any place else."

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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. I am a strong believer in listening to my intuition and asking lots of questions. My faith in God and the power of prayer is my constant companion in this battle. Knowing people were praying for me gave me the fortitude to fight. Be strong, be a fighter and trust your intuition."

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Gail Jordan

"Think happy thoughts; you’re going to get through this. It will get better, you will get better, and you can get back to a normal way of life."

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Glena McConnell

"Listen to your body, and if something doesn't seem right, get it checked out. Don't wait! Put your health first, and get your testing done. It can be scary, so always remember you are not alone. Together we will get through this!"

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Gloria Williams

"Sometimes women are afraid to share, but it’s important to find support from one another. You are not alone. Be willing to accept help. My faith was very important in my journey."

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Honor Mindnic

"I had the Irish luck to have had chemotherapy at Jupiter Medical Center, and to receive care from a wonderfully kind and faithful staff."

Jackie Medford

“Go, get your mammograms, take good care of yourself, and make YOU your priority.”

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Jennifer Wojcieszak

"Be strong, keep your head up, have a positive attitude, and don’t allow any negativity in."

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Joann Barella

"Never lose faith. Never give up."

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Joann Parrato

"Get your annual mammograms. Mine saved my life. Do self-exams. Ask questions. Lean on family and friends for support and encouragement."

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Julie Beaumont

"Be positive."

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Kathy Jones

"I would encourage every woman to have a baseline mammogram by age 40. Also, know your breasts, do self-exams so you can recognize when something isn’t right. My breast cancer was found through a mammogram. I also did not do self-exams. If I had I done then, I think I might have caught my cancer sooner. Have faith and a positive attitude. It will help you get through anything."

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Kelly Seitz

"I credit my strong faith, my family and my friends with guiding me through the many twists and turns of my medical adventures. I am forever indebted to my outstanding medical team, who I call my “Angels on Earth.” They include Drs. Elisabeth McKeen, John Rimmer, Anne Lewis, Jerome Spunberg, Spencer Lee, Jeffrey Feiner and Jeffrey Litt. This experience has reinforced my philosophy that life might not always be the party we expected, but while we’re here, we might as well dance!"

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Kerry Mango

"Listen to your body and get regular check-ups. If anyone finds themselves in this situation, please know that there are many resources and treatments to help you through your journey. Every woman is different, and everyone’s source of support will be different, but there are many out there to help you along your path."

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Laura Peacock

"Stay positive and motivated to get things done right away, even when life seems to bring you down. I would describe myself as quiet and shy-someone who doesn’t really like getting a lot of attention. My diagnosis brought out a different side of me. I was determined to get answers, the help I needed, and to get started on a treatment as soon as I possibly could."

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Laura Suder

"EARLY DETECTION!! My personal opinion is that one mammogram per year is not enough. But, if that is the case, then self-check. All cancers are different, as far as aggressiveness. My results could have been very different if the cancer had been discovered six months later. Because of this, I consider myself lucky!"

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Mary Flynn Keller

"People who have been challenged with breast cancer will offer their advice on how they met their challenge. I often use the term, “Faith, Family and Friends” as a simple response to dealing with life’s challenges. I need to add Team Taft to my response. Thank you, Team Taft: Angela, Cricket, Donna, Karen, Laketsha, Lara and Meredith for your dedication and compassion. Keep fighting the fight. You do make a difference!"

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Pat Maher

"If you are troubled or overwhelmed, walk the labyrinth here in Jupiter at 550 Busch Road. As you enter the labyrinth, let go of thoughts, worries and emotions. Allow your mind to empty and become quiet. A sense of clarity and insight is often found in the center of the labyrinth, and it is often a place of meditation and prayer. A sense of communion with God or Spirit begins and you leave empowered. Be gentle with yourself. Surround yourself with positive individuals, and remember that with God, all things are possible."

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Sharon Pickett

"I want to emphasize how very important it is to keep your annual mammogram and ultrasound tests to discover any abnormalities early and have the proper treatments."

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Sylvia Albani

"Whatever you are diagnosed with, turn to God. He will see you through it, just trust and obey. God knows his children, and trust that he will be there for you."

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Uta Scarlota

"Please go and get that mammogram and listen to your body. Know you are not alone. I was lucky to have my family, my friends, my dogs, the beach and the amazing team at Jupiter Medical Center to guide and support me through this journey. I am eating better, and I have an even more positive outlook on life now. The word cancer is so scary, but it does not have to mean it’s the end."

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Vicki Stanford

"Rely on everyone offering help and support when you need someone to talk with, cry to, or vent your frustrations and fears to. You really will feel so much better after. If you have ANY health concerns, PLEASE DO NOT WAIT TO SEE A DOCTOR!"

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Wendy Moecher

"Reach out, ask questions, then make the decision that’s right for you! It’s your life, your body. PLEASE stay positive. AVOID negativity at all costs! You need all the positive energy you can get to stay healthy and strong. Disassociate with anyone who is a downer, including family. POSITIVE ENERGY is key! Love yourself."

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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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