Right From the Start:
Phyllis Connelly is a Walking Icon
Phyllis Connelly has a long history with the Coalition, and our annual walk and run. The vibrant eighty-seven-year-old and breast cancer survivor first came to the Coalition more than twenty years ago. Since that time, Phyllis has served on many committees at the Coalition and made a meaningful impact as the Chair of the Board of Directors. She now serves as the Chair Emerti). I had the pleasure of speaking with Phyllis about her own experiences with our annual walk and run.
Q: Why do you Walk?
A: In 2002, I walked in the Coalition’s first ever walk/run event at St. John Fisher College. My husband volunteered directing traffic as I walked. It was the perfect thing to do as a couple. I stopped participating eight years ago because of my own medical challenges. But I have always loved walking in this event because it is a fun way to support the Coalition. I loved just getting out there and enjoying the outdoors.
Q: How does the Coalition impact your journey?
A: I can’t begin to find the words to describe how much the Coalition has enriched my life. Around the year 2000, I saw an ad in the newspaper about a local cancer researcher who was funded by the Breast Cancer Coalition and was going to make a public presentation. I attended that presentation and the rest, as they say, is history! I knew I had found “the right place” all those years ago. The Coalition went beyond providing a social network and delved into the education and advocacy so many women sought. This organization has been the perfect answer to what I had been seeking. I fell in love with the advocacy arm of the organization because our community members deserve access to the most effective treatments and care possible.
Q: What do you like best about the Pink & Teal Challenge?
A: It’s a fun activity! It’s perfect for those who are competitive runners, or those who just want to have a stroll with family or friends.
Q: What would you say to encourage people to participate?
A: Get out there while you can! This event is good for your health and such a fun way to support people in our community facing a breast or gynecologic cancer diagnosis.