We are thrilled to continue the tradition of honoring two amazing women - our Bridgets. Bridget Slotemaker and Bridget Spence touched many and, each in her own way, are an inspiration to all. The Bridget Awards are presented to people and organizations that continue to inspire us with their dedication to the fight against cancer and their continuous support of young women everywhere facing a breast cancer diagnosis.
2016 Bridget Slotemaker Award
We are thrilled to honor Cramer with the Bridget Slotemaker Award at the 3rd annual Celebrating Young and Strong event. Over the past 3 years, Cramer has very generously donated an astonishing $30,000 as well as AV services used during the event.
Cramer is a brand experience agency. They invent, craft, and fuel content-driven experiences that achieve more for their clients. Cramer’s roster includes both long-standing clients as well as new influx of global brands, such as Caterpillar, GE, IBM, Marriott, and UPS. For these brands, Cramer’s uncommon, on-demand teams unite—across the hall, across their studios, and across the country—to combine talents, share excitement, spark ideas, and set audiences in motion.
Cramer has five core capabilities: experience design, live production, audience engagement, experiential content, and marketing services. These capabilities allow them to deliver meetings and events, activations, community and advocacy programs, mixed reality, and marketing campaigns for their clients. To discover more about what Cramer is inventing, crafting, and fueling for global brands, check out their website http://cramer.com.
In addition to being dedicated to providing their clients with an unmatched experience, Cramer is equally as dedicated to the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer. We are beyond grateful for their unwavering support and couldn’t be more honored to present them with the Bridget Slotemaker Award at the 3rd annual Celebrating Young and Strong event on October 14th.
About Bridget Slotemaker
Bridget was a vibrant, kind-hearted, and generous 35-year old woman whose love and zest for life was evident in all she did. Her smile was bright and contagious; it lit up every room. She was charismatic, funny and enthusiastic about even the smallest of things. Wherever Bridget went, she made lots of friends. Above all else, Bridget was a devoted and loving wife to her husband Steve, 2 ½ year old daughter Grace, and their soon-to-be second child, due in September of 2008.
In May of 2008, when she was 20 weeks pregnant, it was discovered that she had an extremely aggressive form of cancer; it was Stage IV and she was given only months to live.
Bridget fought her cancer courageously and because of her strength and determination, she was able to deliver her second baby prematurely, a little girl Chloe Faith, who weighed only 1 lb 2 oz at birth. Like her mother, little Chloe was strong, spirited and fought hard for the life she was given.
Sadly, on August 12, 2008, Bridget lost her battle with cancer, just three months and 5 days after receiving her diagnosis. Bridget died never knowing the fate of her little baby Chloe. A fate that continues to defy all odds, today, Chloe is a happy and healthy six year old with absolutely no complications due to her prematurity. Bridget would be so proud of her strong little girl.
2016 Bridget Mooney Spence Award
It is with the absolute greatest pleasure that we announce Kelley Tuthill will be honored with the Bridget Mooney Spence Award at the 3rd annual Celebrating Young and Strong event.
Kelley is well known as an award-winning reporter at WCVB where she worked for more than 18 years. She covered the Boston Marathon bombing and led the station’s Emmy Award-winning coverage of the trial, which also won three National Headliner Awards. She scored a national exclusive when a law enforcement source gave her the first photo of fugitive mobster James “Whitey” Bulger after his 2011 arrest. Tuthill led the team that won the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association’s “Best Use of Digital Media” award for multi-platform coverage of the Bulger trial in 2014. Tuthill also reported on the historic 2004 Red Sox World Series Championship run and the Patriots first Super Bowl victory.
Beyond her amazing coverage of top news stories, Kelley has very courageously and publically shared her personal battle with breast cancer. In 2007, when she was just 36 years old, Kelley was diagnosed with breast cancer. Given her young age, she immediately turned to Dr. Partridge at Dana-Farber for her oncology care. A diagnosis of cancer, especially as a young woman, is a terrifying experience than can be hard to share with others. Despite this, Kelley fearlessly shared her story with millions of people and still continues to provide ongoing support to so many women facing this diagnosis as well as countless organizations committed to ending this disease. Through her endless acts of bravery and kindness to others, Kelley has remained a pillar of strength and inspiration for so many people diagnosed with breast cancer, especially young women. She received an Emmy for “Kelley’s Story,” which was a ten-part series documenting her own struggle that was featured on “Good Morning America” and CNN. In true Kelley fashion, she also helps guide women through their impossibly difficult journey with inspiring words as a co-author of You Can Do This! Surviving Breast Cancer Without Losing Your Sanity or Your Style
After her extraordinary career at WCVB, in the summer of 2016, Kelley hung up her journalism cap when she was appointed as the VP of PR and Communications at Regis College. With this transition into her new position, Kelley continues to be an incredible inspiration to young women with breast cancer through her amazing strength, leadership and grace. We are beyond thrilled to be honoring Kelley with this year’s, Bridget Mooney Spence award.
About Bridget Mooney Spence
Bridget Mooney Spence was just 21 years old when a cancer diagnosis interrupted an otherwise perfect life. Newly graduated from Boston University, she learned that she had stage IV metastatic breast cancer, and the focus of her future changed dramatically. Bridget decided however, early in the fight, that cancer would not define her.
To know her was to marvel at her ability to put cancer "over there," and to live every day as if the disease were a mere nuisance. Bridget radiated "joie de vivre." She had a career, a husband who was the love of her life, a cadre of girlfriends and a fairy-tale life in Boston. She traveled and partied and enjoyed every minute of that life.
To say that Bridget was brave is an understatement. In spite of all the incredible care that she received at Dana-Farber, the trials, the cutting edge medicine and the warmth and love of her caregivers, her options ran out. She faced death stoically, losing her battle on April 4th, 2013. Bridget is terribly missed by all those who knew and loved her.