This past summer I had the incredible opportunity to work with Estee Lauder and Pledge to spread Breast Cancer Awareness.
It was the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life. I felt honored and proud to stand there with my mother and sister in honor of our cousin Cathy Holden. We pledged.
There were also 8 other people that I had the honor and pleasure of posing with… one of them was Suzanne Bartholomew, cousin of Rachel Sklar.
She posed with her cousin, showing the face of a survivor in this photo. I got to meet Suzanne the day we shot our photos, she was strong, warm, positive and beautiful.
It breaks my heart to write this, but I heard some very sad news today… Suzanne passed away on January 26, 2011.
It reiterated to me today about the Pledge I took… spread the awareness. It shouldn’t just stop in October, it should be something done year round. We all need to keep spreading the message… keep spreading the awareness… for Suzanne.
This was what was posted today on the BCA Pledge Facebook wall…
In Memoriam: Suzanne Bartholomew
When Rachel Sklar of Mediaite posed for the BCA …campaign this past summer, she asked if she could be joined by her cousin, Suzanne Bartholomew, a two-time breast cancer survivor, currently undergoing chemotherapy. It was our pleasure and honor to invite Suzanne to join us in this campaign. Her photos represent the strength and courage that Suzanne applied to her life. Suzanne was a passionate and outspoken advocate for awareness and research. As such, it was with great sadness that we learned that Suzanne ultimately succumbed to this disease last Wednesday, January 26th.
Today we honor her memory by recommitting to continue the fight to spread awareness, the importance of early detection and the need for funds to support the visionary breast cancer researchers who are working to deny any more lives lost to breast cancer.