Name: Kate Watt
Title: Executive Director
Company: Susan G. Komen Florida
BigWig Fun Fact: Proud card carrying member of the Lilly Pulitzer Fan Club
Fundraising Goal: $1,000
Why are you participating?
It was more than 15-years ago my mom delivered the shocking news she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I couldn't imagine anything more unfathomable than not having my mom around and present in my life. That for me was terrifying. I didn't know what the next steps were.
Sitting with my mom at her doctors' appointments I took copious detailed notes so I could be as informed as possible. I would go home and search the Susan G. Komen website for answers to my questions. The educational materials were just so strong, informative, and certainly helped as we learned what this was going to be. It was the start of my journey.
There was nothing more painful than walking into my mom's hospital room after her mastectomy, seeing her in a kind of pain I've never seen before. I know the loneliness and isolation she felt going through breast cancer. 15-years ago my mom didn't know anyone else who had gone through this disease. None of her friends had any experiences with it.
Thank you, Mom, for always staying strong and showing me the importance of the fight against breast cancer.