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Syracuse: ‘Fight like a girl’ in 2012

Baldwin, Bregou families unveil CMB Fund vehicle

Lining up to “fight” breast cancer after the Dec. 27 unveiling are, from left, Christina Bregou, Christina Bregou Burtis, Stephen Baldwin, Jackie Bregou Conover and Liz Bregou.

Lining up to “fight” breast cancer after the Dec. 27 unveiling are, from left, Christina Bregou, Christina Bregou Burtis, Stephen Baldwin, Jackie Bregou Conover and Liz Bregou. Farah F. Jadran

— With a small gathering of family and friends, the Baldwin and Bregou families unveiled a Jeep Laredo donned with the “Fight Like a Girl” logo to spread awareness for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, Inc.

The pink’d out vehicle was given to Beth Baldwin recently as a token of appreciation for what the organization does for the community. Both the Bregou family and Driver’s Village worked together to make this “moving billboard” a reality. DV Senior Designer Chris Evans worked on the design for the vehicle. “It’s easy to do when it’s for an organization like this,” Evans said.

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Staff at Driver’s Village helped unveil the “Fight Like a Girl” Jeep along with the Bregou and Baldwin families.

The Bregou family has been touched by cancer, not once, but more times than they could keep track of on some days. However, the effort is not about them, according to Lou Bregou, director of operations at Driver’s Village.

“It’s not about us or our suffering with cancer,” Lou said. “Instead, it’s about the fight against cancer and about the organization.”

Lou, a prostate cancer survivor, said he is grateful for the closeness within the family especially when his mother and three of his four sisters have been diagnosed with cancer. His grandmother passed away from stomach and pancreatic cancer.

Instead of asking, “why us?” when it comes to cancer in the Bregou family, Lou says, “why not us?”

As the family celebrates the memory of Katherine Bregou Grainger, a part of the Christian Embassy Ministry in England, they also celebrate Virginia Bregou Jablanski, who underwent another breast cancer surgery Dec. 20. Grainger was only 50 years old when she lost her battle a few weeks ago.

“I miss her,” Jablanski said, “but there’s no regrets. She was a wonderful sister.”

Both Jablanski, 59, director of human resources at Driver’s Village, and her brother Lou, 61, say that Katherine’s life was “full and very meaningful.”

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