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 third 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:

  • Dena & Irene’s chair: this mother and daughter were diagnosed within one month of each other. Their “Save the Boobies” chair incorporates both their odd sense of humor along with their artistic styles to create a collaboration that makes everyone smile! So, they went with a play on words. Hence, Blue-Footed Boobies will take center stage on our “Save the Boobies” chair.
  • Gerry’s chair is a reminder that men can get breast cancer too. Painted with camouflage and decorated to reflect his love of hunting and fishing was family effort and reflects the love and support they have given him throughout his journey.
  • Paola, at 25, is one of our youngest survivors. Her chair is a reflection of her positive attitude and her desire to help motivate others going through the same journey, helping them realize that life is too short. We must learn to be grateful and give thanks.
  • Peggy’s chair is a tribute to Faith, Family and Friends, all of which has sustained her through this journey. At 84, Peggy wants other women to know that no matter how old you are you should always be proactive about your health.
  • Susan says “Fighting cancer was an immensely challenging and difficult, but with the help of my doctors, nurses, family, friends, and dance, I made it, and I am thrilled to say I am cancer free. I continue to take treatments to prevent recurrence and I am appreciating and relishing every moment of life. This cancer survivor will surely never miss a chance to dance.”

These stories represent just a sample of the 23 women and men 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

  • Altar'd State
  • Aveda
  • Bloomingdales
  • Brighton
  • Brio Tuscan Grille
  • Bunulu
  • Francesca’s
  • Forever 21
  • Hugo Boss
  • Marmi
  • Pandora
  • Park Avenue BBQ
  • Pottery Barn Kids
  • South Moon Under
  • Talbots
  • Vineyard Vines
  • White House Black Market

Town of Jupiter Community Center

Evo Italian Restaurant

Harbor Breeze Dental Care

Survivor Stories

Annmarie Zaccagnino

This chair represents the importance of knowing your family history and how it can impact your health and well-being. Knowledge is power. Know your risk.

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Lainie Stambaugh

Battling cancer is a scary, terrifying thing to have to go through. However, I have learned that even at the worst moments, you can always find the blessings in things even if you have to look really hard.

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Dyann Kotansky

The inspiration behind my chair is birds and specifically doves. For more than fifty years doves have appeared at certain times in my life.

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Dena Cassidente

Laughing about our challenges and poking fun at the odd things our bodies are going through has helped others feel more comfortable talking about what’s happening. When others can have a giggle too it really helps keep us moving forward with positive attitude!

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Irene Holthaus

So, we went with a play on words. Hence, Blue-Footed Boobies will take center stage on our “Save the Boobies” chair.

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Ekaterina Mangham

I hope that every star in the universe will help you out, by stars I mean the people who help you in the process of your fight! We are strong together!

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Elizabeth McGrath

With an outstanding support program, I received the ultimate care anyone could ask for and I am truly grateful.

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Gerry Korczynski

Men can get breast cancer too! Be aware of any changes in your breast and don’t be afraid to see a doctor. Early detection is important, and you can get through anything. I have total respect for women when they get a mammogram (ouch).

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Jill Brownie

My inspiration the first time was my four sons, husband and family. This time was totally different which brings us to the Dragonfly.

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Joan Tanner

One thing I do feel very strongly about is “early detection” is the key. Yearly mammograms are vital to your health.

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Lori Pollard

My loving husband came up with the quote “LoriStrong” at that point I decided it was fight or flight.

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Margo Bucchi

As I begin this new journey I have chosen to keep the faith, fight the fight, and live my best life!

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Marie Carvalho

Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. The breast cancer journey has a similarity to the butterfly’s life cycle and symbolism.

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Martha Giglio Black

I cannot stress enough the importance of yearly mammograms. Early detection equates to better, more effective outcomes for treatment and survival.

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Paola Morales

This make me feel as though I have superpowers and I want to share it with the world. I learned from cancer that you have to keep going and be stronger than you are, because any negative thinking can make you lose the fight.

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Peggy Lake

I want to reiterate that the support of family and friends, the deep abiding faith one has will help us through the ordeal for that which we call “Breast Cancer”.

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Sandie Yeater

No one raises their hand and volunteers for cancer. I now know what it means to be living with cancer. There are a large number of women who have walked this journey and they are all around us, to share their stories and offer support and encouragement.

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Susan Patton

Fighting cancer was an immensely challenging and difficult, but with the help of my doctors, nurses, family, friends, and dance, I made it, and I am thrilled to say I am cancer free. I continue to take treatments to prevent recurrence and I am appreciating and relishing every moment of life. This cancer survivor will surely never miss a chance to dance.

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Suzy Sacher

The evidence shows that early detection is key to survival. At this point I am a survivor.

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Tammy Skinner

I chose seashells as my theme to represent the uniqueness and beauty that each shell reveals as with all human beings. There are all kinds of seashells some are battered, broken and weathered but each one has a story.

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Tiffany Higley

I fight for my husband, daughter, and family. I want to show my daughter how to be strong, and brave even when facing scary things in life.

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Vikki Roberts

You look at life differently after cancer, it makes you see things in a whole new way. I am grateful for the support of my husband of 30 yrs who took care of me, my daughter and my family and friends. I cherish every minute I have with them now.

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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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Navigation Chair

This chair is dedicated to our patient navigator, Donna Skillings who will stop at nothing to help you. She knows the route. She’s been here before. She has a gift.

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