A Window to Hope: The Living in Pink Breast Cancer Clinic

Published on October 1, 2018

We pulled into a garage on a popular street in Maryland’s Chevy Chase neighborhood, unloading a well-protected and flawless stained glass window piece donated by Michael Aylward of Aldie Glassworks. The art piece, a beautifully handcrafted gem featuring a pink ribbon, would soon be a beacon of hope and a tribute to the countless lives that have been touched by breast cancer.

Marie Pennanen, M.D. and Lori Zorc, EDD, CRNP, ANP-BC, with the stained glass art piece by Michael Aylward.

The purpose of the trip was for the Prevent Cancer Foundation® to give this window a new home at the Living in Pink breast cancer clinic in Maryland. Living in Pink was founded in 2004 by Michele Conley, who passed away from breast cancer in 2014.

During our visit to present this special piece of art, we met with Ms. Lori Zorc and Dr. Marie Pennanen, who are also passionate advocates and leaders in improving the lives of those living with breast cancer.

Living in Pink works to provide funding in key research areas through awareness and support networks, partnering with top cancer-fighting organizations in the D.C. metro area. This includes supporting the Prevent Cancer Foundation® through our longest-standing community program, ¡Celebremos la Vida! (Let’s Celebrate Life!), which provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings and education to underserved women in Hispanic communities throughout DC.

This stained glass window is just a small symbol of the hope and healing that Living in Pink provides to women every day. Our hope is that as patients and health care staff walk by and see this piece, it will give them hope and reassurance for a better tomorrow and a cancer-free world.

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