Happy Monday Lilly Land! There is nothing better than starting the week off on the right foot – and we know sharing the story of breast cancer survivor Maureen McElwreath will help you do just that. Her fabulous outlook, sunny disposition and clear embrace of “a colorful life” are extremely admirable. Thanks, Maureen, for reminding us of the importance to always remain positive!
Q) What is your breast cancer story?
A) I had a history of growing fibroids, but they never showed up cancerous. There was no history of breast cancer in my family, but my doctor asked me to get a mammogram to rule it out. I went for my first mammogram when I was 44 years old and was diagnosed with breast cancer. My doctor recommended a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Today I am cancer-free, I get regular checkups, and go for my mammogram every year. Early detection is so important and the most important thing we as women can do for ourselves.
Q) You’re involved with the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® event. Talk about your experience.
A) The first time I went to a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, I was a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure what to expect being surrounded by so many survivors. My hesitation immediately went away when I saw the thousands of people dressed in pink, walking with their friends, family members, and coworkers while uniting around one cause: creating a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. Being around so many people who were walking because they love someone with or lost someone to cancer was an incredible feeling and the energy was contagious!
Q) Do you have any fundraising “secrets to success”?
A) Just ask! Everyone I approached knew about my reasons for walking and my involvement in Making Strides and they wanted to support me. You can’t raise money and reach your personal goal if you don’t ask!
Q) What was your first memory of Lilly Pulitzer?
A) I discovered Lilly Pulitzer during a “girls’ trip” to Florida in the 1970s. My friends and I always look for unique, fun clothes that we can wear during the summer months in New York. I bought a Lilly Pulitzer skort in shades of pink and green which I wore back up North. Everyone’s reaction was “Where did you get that?!” My Lilly skort was a unique design and print that everyone loved.
Q) How does Lilly help you lead a more colorful life?
A) Lilly puts a smile on my face and I always receive compliments from my friends when I’m wearing something from Lilly Pulitzer. The clothes make me feel pretty and feminine and I have a very positive outlook when I’m wearing Lilly.
Q) And your daughter is a Lilly lover too?
A) Yes! I remember when my daughter was about 12 years old and she asked if she could get her first Lilly shift dress. We found her the perfect dress – the design had hibiscus flowers in shades of pink and green.