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Spring 2016

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It's the call no one ever wants: a friend telling you she has breast cancer. After your head stops swirling and the sweat beads dry, you ask what you can do. Well, if you are one of six ferociously determined women, you commit yourself to changing the course of breast cancer. This is how the Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA ) was born. As Lucy Day, one of the co-founders and the BCA's third president, recalled, "My dear friend Mary Waterman had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She asked Cecile McCaull and myself to help her found a nonprofi t to raise funds for research so other women would not suff er her fate. We formed a board of six women and met around Mary's kitchen table. Mary was 48 years old when she was diagnosed. She had many friends, was a great mother, avid tennis player, devoted gardener, and was quietly humorous and incredibly thoughtful. Mary obtained the BCA's 501(c)(3) in March of 1996 and our fi rst benefi t was held in October 1996." Now, just any benefi t wouldn't do. As Day said, "It was Mary's idea to make the benefi t a luncheon/fashion show at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. We approached Neiman Marcus in White Plains to be our partner, which they were for our fi rst 10 years. Our partner since has been Richards/Mitchells. They have been incredibly generous and supportive to BCA. At our fi rst fundraiser Evelyn Lauder was the honored speaker and a sold-out crowd of more than 600 gave Mary Waterman a standing ovation. Mary died less than three months later but her inspiration and legacy live on with us." Making a Diff erence The Breast Cancer Alliance is an independent regional organization; it's not affi liated with any other breast cancer organization. It has grown to become one of the largest private, non-corporate sources Breast Cancer Alliance Celebrating 20 years of changing the course of breast cancer TOP LEFT PHOTO: ELAINE UBIÑA; ALL OTHERS: CHICHI UBIÑA 038 [ ]

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