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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

— “She [Katherine Grainger] loved the world,” Lou said.

Although her life was short, Lou said she got to travel the world and do the things she loved. Her husband, John Grainger, and their 10-year-old son Jonathan survive Katherine.

Lou says the family will come to Central New York in February to celebrate Katherine’s life.

Unveiling the pink-wrapped vehicle today caused the family to come together again, which has been a “positive” out of all the brushes with cancer in the Bregou family.

Beth Baldwin sat with Jablanski for 12 hours after her most recent surgery, and the sense of family was clear. Baldwin says she is very touched by the Bregou family’s gesture for the CMB Fund, and what it means to the 2012 campaign.

Baldwin’s brother, Stephen, traveled to Central New York for the Dec. 27 unveiling to show his gratitude as well. Stephen said he feels humbled by the generosity of Syracuse.

“The Central New York community has done very well over the past years raising millions for the fund,” Stephen said. “I want to be here as a motivator, to pump up Syracuse. Let’s kick some butt in 2012 and ‘fight like a girl’ to beat breast cancer!”

His mother, Carol M. Baldwin, has said for many years that she would witness a cure for breast cancer in her lifetime.

“Now I really believe it,” Stephen said.

Look for this story in print in next week’s Eagle Newspapers. Farah F. Jadran is the editor of Syracuse Woman Magazine and the associate editor of Syracuse Parent and Prime. She can be reached at fjadran@eaglenewsonline.com.

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