October 08, 2016
BENEFITING: THOMAS G LABRECQUE FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: THOMAS G LABRECQUE FOUNDATION
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "A woman is alot like a tea bag - You can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”.
My mom, Kathleen Hussey, was so much more than strong - she was mighty. Quite simply, she was ... Amazing.
Born in County Sligo, Ireland - my Mom came to America in her early 20's and at an Irish dance met the love of her life, my Dad - Willie. Together they raised 6 of us. My parents built our lives on the ideal that faith, family and fun would be enough to sustain us. They were right.
My mom had boundless energy. No task was too big or too small if you needed help. She loved through her words, her actions, her prayers , even her soda bread. Mom's love was and always will be eternal. With her Irish brogue and friendly charm, my mom had more friends than her Facebook page could contain. She was just getting started in so many ways when the diagnosis came...
Lung cancer. Diagnosed in 2010 with an advanced stage- my mother fought this disease with courage and conviction beyond anything I thought she was capable of. Her bravery will always inspire me and remind me of how deeply she loved us all.
On November 6th, I will be running the 2016 NYC Marathon. I am running to raise money for Run As One, a joint fundraising between the Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation and LUNGveity, non-profit organizations dedicated to preventing lung cancer through research and awareness.
More than 60% of people newly diagnosed with lung cancer have NEVER smoked or have quit smoking. Lung cancer remains the leading killer among both men and women in the United States. 50% of new lung cancer patients will be diagnosed, like my mom, at a very late stage. If only we knew......
Please consider donating to help fight this disease. Lung cancer is known as the "silent killer". Together, let's turn up the volume of awareness ** LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE!
If you would prefer to donate by check: Please make check out to the TGL FOUNDATION. (you can mail it to me and I will send all checks to the Foundation)
My address is: 4 Cardinal Lane, Westport, CT. 06880
Thanks with all my heart, Colette
*** Come run with me on Instagram @Sligo.22