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
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
The Gardens Mall
- Altar'd State
- Brio Tuscan Grille
- Forever 21
- Hugo Boss
- Park Avenue BBQ
- Pottery Barn Kids
- South Moon Under
- Vineyard Vines
- White House Black Market
Town of Jupiter Community Center
Evo Italian Restaurant
Harbor Breeze Dental Care