When adversity enters our lives, it's difficult to not ask 'why'. For the founders of Laugh for the Cure®, breast cancer entered our lives in different ways and at different times. These difficult periods in our lives ultimately gave us the inspiration to become a catalyst for change. Only now, as we celebrate the wonderful success of Laugh for the Cure®, can we begin to understand 'why'. Below, several of the founding LFTC Committee members share their personal stories that inspired us to found the event. We dedicate all our efforts in celebration of Stephanie Greyshock and in memory of Bonnie Lundblad and Susan Carpenter.

When Life Hands You Lemons...

By Tammy Greyshock - August 2003

Tammy Greyshock and Her parents

I was 15, my brother was 12, my sister was 7, my dad was 42 and mom had breast cancer. I remember the day she was diagnosed like it was yesterday. I also remember my mom fighting the disease with an extraordinary amount of grace and dignity. Today, she is a 17 year survivor, and I am just as proud of her today as I was 17 years ago. For me, the disease is not only about my mom, but also about the man who cared for her. In his own quiet way, my dad stood beside my mom, supported her, cared for her and made her laugh. Looking back, I realize that I am also equally as proud of my father for the constant love and support he gave my mom. For that reason, I selected a picture of my mom, my dad and I at the March 2003 Laugh For The Cure® for our web site.

My mom and dad drove 8 hours from Pittsburgh to share the joy of that evening with me. I am very excited to be the Director of Laugh For The Cure®. The event has enormous potential to raise awareness around breast health issues and make a difference in our community. I dedicate all of my passion towards making Laugh For The Cure® a success to my mom and dad.

When Life Hands You Lemons Video March 2007

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My Mom, My Best Friend

By Kristin Candler - August 2003

Kristin's Mom and her Best Friend

The poem "Warning - When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple" by Jenny Joseph was my mom's favorite poem. Not only was her favorite color purple, but the fun loving and even quirky attitude in the poem was, in mom's opinion, the basis of life! She was a well-respected English professor at a private college in Asheville, NC. Her favorite classes to teach were creative writing where she could urge her students to dig deep into their own imaginations. This was the most important aspect of teaching, she would say, much more than run on sentences or comma splices!

There are so many great stories I could share with you on this website about my mom, my best friend! The bottom line, though is that when Tammy mentioned the idea of Laugh For The Cure® - I thought...what better way is there to raise money to fight this horrible disease that affects so many of us? It epitomizes the basis of how my mom lived her life, with one of the most important aspects of living: LAUGHTER! My mom passed away 3 days before her 60th birthday, and even though she didn't have the chance to get old, she certainly wore her share of purple. I miss her dearly, and it feels good to put energy into such a worthwhile cause to honor her and the millions of other people affected by breast cancer. This picture of us was taken at my wedding, 4 months before she died. I know this was one of the most important days of her life; she had quit her chemotherapy treatments a month before so that she would feel like "herself" on that special day.

In loving memory of Susan Carpenter

By Kimberly Drum Cunningham- August 2003

On July 28, 2001, I lost a very special person in my life. At the young age of 28, my very dear friend Susan Carpenter passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was a loving mother and wife and a wonderful friend. I met Susan my freshman year of college at Appalachian State University. She was truly a breath of fresh air. She was honest, straightforward, kind, funny, and truly a special person. We joined the same sorority and quickly became a part of a group of six girls that still have a very special bond after all these years. Susan touched my life in so many ways but her courage and strength through her illness inspired me to get involved with this cause so that we may find a cure for this illness and change the lives of those dealing with this disease. I miss Susan terribly but I know she would be proud of all the work that has been accomplished in her honor.