For Our Models, It’s Personal

Darren Allen, walking in memory of his mother, Peggy Underwood (2012)
"I walk for the first person to ever love me, and teach me about love—my tough, smart, outspoken, and brave mother, Peggy Underwood."
Rachael Asselin, walking in memory of her mother, Rylin Ann Malone (1993)
"I’m walking because we have all been touched by incredible women in our lives.  Women who have given us strength we didn’t know we had, showed us the way when we couldn’t see, and taught us what it means to love unconditionally."
Jenna Auber, a survivor since 2013
"I walk in the hope that someday, no one will have to utter the words "I lost my Mom (wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin) to Breast Cancer.”
Emily Cohen, walking in memory of her mother, Linda Cohen (2003); her cousin, Linda Wolfenden (2010); and her Aunt, Barbara Wolfenden, a survivor since 2004
"I am walking to honor the memory of my mom and cousin both of whom courageously fought and lost their battle to breast cancer while showing immense strength in the face of their inevitable fate.”
Jennifer Sheehy Everett, a survivor since December 2012
"I’m walking to honor the many lives taken too soon by breast cancer, to celebrate the memory of my mother-in-law Winnie Everett who battled five cancers in her lifetime (including two breast cancer bouts) and never believed the disease would ever beat her.”
Joan Fisher, a survivor since 2008; and walking in celebration of her daughter, Kim Piculell, a survivor since 2005
"I am walking for the first time in honor of my daughter, Kim Piculell, who has been a breast cancer survivor since 2005. She is a special woman and an incredible Mom, and I’m honored to be by her side tonight along with my adorable grandkids—Kate and Gage.”
Julie Genova walking in memory of her mother, Paula Fitzpatrick Bolles (1993)
"Whenever I feel defeated, when I feel that I have barely enough strength to run another mile, work under pressure, face personal hardships, I know that I possess a gift: the gift of will. ”
Stella Kakavouli, a survivor since 2009
"I walk in Runway for Recovery with appreciation of being here today. ”
Susan Kinney, a survivor since 2009
"I am participating in Runway for Recovery because of the charity's emphasis on supporting families who have lost loved ones to breast cancer.”
Kathleen O’Brien, a survivor since 2005
"I believe courage and support are the best weapons against this disease.”
Mike O’Brien, walking in honor of his mother, Kathleen O’Brien, a survivor since 2005
"I walk for my Mom because she is the strongest and most caring person I know."
Kathryn Bailis Phillips, a survivor since 2010; and walking in memory of her mother, Susan Bailis (2000)
"I walk to remember my mother and honor my daughter and for the countless other families who share this experience with us (this sorority, my mother used to say, that we are part of, that nobody wants to join). "
Savannah Phillips, walking in honor of her mother, Kathryn Phillips, a survivor since 2010; and walking in memory of grandmother, Susan Bailis (2000)
"I like Runway for Recovery because walking down the aisle with my mother is exciting and I love dressing up. I love Olivia and that is another reason why I do this. I also love how she helps all of these people."
Kim Piculell, a survivor since 2005; and walking in celebration of her mother, Joan Fisher, a survivor since 2008
"As a breast cancer survivor, I am walking again this year for those who like me, have survived their battle with breast cancer and for those who have been less fortunate."
Charlie Underwood, walking in memory of his wife, Peggy Underwood (2012)
"I walk for Peggy Underwood, my beloved wife and partner in life for thirty-nine years, who bravely fought breast cancer for four and a half years."
Sara Underwood, walking in memory of her stepmother, Peggy Underwood (2012)
"I am walking in honor of my step-mom, Peggy Underwood. She passed away one year ago from breast cancer."
Tanya Underwood, walking in memory of her mother, Peggy Underwood (2012)
"I walk in memory of my mom, Peggy Underwood. To say she was full of life is an understatement. Everything she did was larger than life—she talked big, she laughed big, she loved big."
Colleen Van Houten, a survivor since 2012; and walking in memory of her mother, Patricia Kevelighan, a survivor since 1993
"I walk to remind everyone that the only reason I seek attention for breast cancer is to help others overcome it."
Jennifer Velis, walking in memory of her mother, Anne “Nan” Bergh (2009)
"By participating in the Runway, I am hoping to honor and celebrate my mother as the little person, full of joy, and remembered as always having a smile on her face."
Sara Weiss, a survivor since 1999
"This event supports women who have battled and survived and honors those who have lost their battle. It is important to put faces and stories to this cause."
Edie Wilkie, a survivor since 2012
"I consider myself very lucky. I am walking for a number of reasons: first to celebrate my health, to educate and share my story with other women, and to let them know that things can turn out positive."
Barbara Wolfenden, a survivor since 2004; and walking in memory of daughter, Linda Wolfenden (2010), and sister, Linda Cohen (2003) and to honor niece, Emily Barbara Cohen
"I walk tonight for Emily who dedicates her professional life towards finding a cure/cause of breast cancer."