Photo from 2015 – Team Fascione: Son in Law Jason, Chris’s daughter Alicia holding granddaughter Molly, grandson Landon, Chris and me.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The color pink dominates many events and perhaps some people feel oversaturated by Pink. Not so for families who’s lives have been forever changed by Breast Cancer. My family is one of those families. My husband Chris lost his wife to Breast Cancer in 1994. In 1993 Chris and Nancy participated in a fledgling breast cancer walk at India Point Park where they proudly raised $62. Nancy passed away 10 months later, but Chris kept walking. Every year since he has walked in her memory because he made a promise to himself that he would. Some years he would say that this might be his last year, but then when October came around, he remembered his promise. This year will be his 25th, most of those years with his daughter and her family and I’ve participated the last decade.
This has not been an easy year for Chris. He has visited the hospital three times with heart issues and recently had a procedure that we hope is a permanent fix to his heart. He also is struggling with lyme disease, which has been debilitating. As October approached, he knew that he wasn’t up to walking in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. I reminded him last week that he orchestrated a very nice golf outing for the Realtor Board that he is President of and there are generous donations going to Habitat for Humanity and the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, a local Rhode Island organization that does wonderful work with families dealing with Breast Cancer. I suggested to Chris that generous donation could suffice for his Pink Promise this year.
The reason I love this man is because he is a man of his honor. He wants to keep his Pink Promise this year. He can’t walk, but I sure can. I have TWO NEW KNEES!!!! So we will have our leader cheering us on from the sidelines this year, but the rest of us will walk to honor Nancy and all the families who’s lives have forever been changed by Breast Cancer!! Think Pink.