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Honoring Hope Contest Selects 2013 Award Recipients

July 23, 2013


This past spring, The Twin Tiers Region Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® sought nominations featuring stories of courage and strength in the fight against breast cancer, through the “Honoring Hope” competition. Two deserving breast cancer survivors were selected to win one of three overnight and pampering packages donated by the following regional deluxe resorts: Glen Harbour Hotel in Watkins Glen and La Tourelle Resort and August Moon Spa in Ithaca. This year's honors went to:

Christine Watters
Diagnosed in 1997, 2002, and 2005 at the age of 37, 41, and 45  today she is 52.  Christine was nominated by her friend Mackenzie Webster.  According to Mackenzie "each time she overcame cancer with sheer determination to live life to the fullest."Ms. Webster nominated her friend Ms. Watters for her fighter spirit and ability to smile when faced with a challenge.  Each time she was diagnosed she fought and won with her strong, fighting, and more than capable attitude and with the support of her family (husband Doug and their two children.) 

Julie Lynch 
Diagnosed at the age of 34.  Nominated by her friend Tina M. Beligotti, whom she worked with but didn't really know in the beginning until a cancer diagnosis for Ms. Beligotti brought them together. Ms. Lynch shared her journey, struggles, and tips with Ms. Beligotti and formed a strong bond and lasting friendship as together they share their stories and inspire others through talks, panel discussions and speaking engagements. "The information we shared was much more valuable than medical info. It was about hope, sweet, blessed hope.." "She has empowered me to look forward, to put cancer behind me, to live for and in the moment, instead of letting cancer define who I am and who I will be." "She is my friend and inspiration!" Tina M. Beligotti on her friend Julie Lynch.