Bristol resident featured in Gloria Gemma Foundation calendar

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Laurie Cordeiro, a Bristol resident who passed away in November 2012 after a three-year battle with triple-negative breast cancer, will be featured in the 2014 ‘Celebrate Hope, Celebrate Life’ Calendar, released annually by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

Funds generated will support the Foundation's programs, which benefit families affected by cancer. Costs for the calendar are $1, or a donation is recommended.

"The calendar was created to reveal the spirit and beauty of people facing breast cancer during a time in their lives when they may not be feeling as beautiful,” said Maria Gemma, executive director of the Foundation.

This year’s calendar captures 12 women who belie the stereotype of what cancer patients look like.

“We loved Laurie. She was an active in the foundation, raising thousands of dollars and helping others battling the disease, even though she was battling herself. Laurie lived her life to the very end—she was the embodiment of life.” Gemma said. “She was truly representative of all the courageous individuals who have to endure breast cancer.”

The unveiling of the 2014 ‘Celebrate Hope, Celebrate Life’ Calendar is part of Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life, an annual three-day event organized by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation to promote breast cancer awareness and education and to honor people living with breast cancer. Now in its eighth year, the event has grown into one of the largest of its kind in the Northeast and will take place this year on Oct. 11-13 in Downtown Providence’s Station Park.

For more information and the complete schedule of the Oct. 11-13 Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life, visit www.flamesofhoperi.com and www.facebook.com/GloriaGemma.

Calendars can be picked up at the Foundation's headquarters in Pawtucket, or at the Bristol Phoenix office, 1 Bradford St., starting next Tuesday.

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