Michele Conley had a successful career, was a mother of four, an accomplished athlete, and an important member of the community when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. Seemingly unfazed by her treatments, she made a quick recovery and continued play tennis, ski, and run marathons, much to the amazement of others. Most importantly, she recognized the importance of having fun and spending time with friends and family. Her motto, which has become the motto for Living in Pink is Live, Love, Laugh…
Michele had a recurrence in 2002. Rather than despair about her situation, she renewed her resolve to continue the fight and to live an active and fulfilling life. In 2004 Michele decided to fight back by starting Living in Pink, an organization of friends, family, and members of the medical community. Having participated in the Peeke Performer’s, led by Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, Michele discovered that she had a lot in common with other mothers and businesswomen who were breast cancer survivors. Michele found that the fight against breast cancer is a journey that can be a surprisingly positive life-changing experience for the patients, their family and friends. The goal was to raise funds for breast cancer research and to bring a message of hope and encouragement to others affected by the disease.
Michele succumbed to Breast Cancer in 2014. It would be inaccurate to say that she lost the battle, as most that knew her would agree that she squeezed 80 years of a beautiful life into 53.
The Mission of Living in Pink is to improve the lives of those living with breast cancer, celebrate the survivors and the individuals who fight the battle against breast cancer, and to help find a cure so that the next generation of women will not have to endure the emotional and physical pain of breast cancer surgery and treatment.
Since its inception in 2004, Living in Pink contributions have helped to fund a variety of local and national research endeavors to further the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman’s life is about 1 in 8 (12%). In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. …
Living in Pink is a volunteer organization. We are committed to giving 100% of profits to national and local research and awareness programs.