Thank you for attending the 2nd Annual Pink Pamper Bubble Ball.
Every woman who has ever battled cancer has her own story to tell. Whether she found the cancer through a diagnostic test or felt a lump, that’s where her personal cancer story began. And cancer does not discriminate. The fact is, no matter who you are, what your job title is, where you fall in line in the family, how financially fit you are or how healthy you feel, you may wake up one morning to find yourself fighting your own cancer battle. Sadly, more than 12.5% (1 in 8) of women in the U.S. face that very thing each year.
If you happen to live in the Pittsburgh area, however, you may awaken and turn on your television to see the overnight news explained to you by a beautiful blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman who’s been a constant in our homes every morning for over 17 years. And although she has a slight smile on her face, her somewhat serious tone alerts you to the fact that not all of the things that happened while you slept were good. But what her tone does not routinely convey when she’s relaying the news is that she is fighting her own personal cancer battle. Instead, her smile and her laughter retain their typically fun, contagious nature.
Yes, Kelly Frey has her own cancer story to share and she shared it publically with her TV audience and on Social Media during 2017 in an effort to help others. And although Kelly is a recognizable public figure with a beautiful family, she remains very humble in spite of the notoriety and recognition her candor about her diagnosis and treatment brought her. In fact, when Pittsburgh Magazine recently celebrated her as their “Pittsburgher of the Year” at a special awards ceremony, Kelly didn’t focus on herself. Instead, she “called out” people that meant a lot to her in groups. Then, after she named each group, she waved the copy of the magazine that she held in her hand and chanted, “This one’s for you!”
So, The Pink Pamper has chosen Kelly Frey as its “Woman of Courage” Award winner for 2018 because she’s inspired every woman who’s heard her story throughout the entire Pittsburgh area and beyond. The way she handled herself with style and grace throughout her diagnosis and treatment is unmatched. The strength and courage she exhibited as she “fought back” against her disease, as well as her self-deprecating sense of humor, gave every woman who has or might one day have cancer great reason to hope.
Kelly, we are honored to know you and feel grateful that you grace us with your presence every day! We thank you for being exactly who you are and send you our love and prayers for continued health, joy and peace always!