The Saint Agatha Foundation was founded in 2004 to provide support, comfort and care to breast cancer patients. We help individuals—particularly the under-insured and uninsured—in the Central New York area by providing financial assistance to cover a range of costs for treatment and recovery.
In 2002, Laurie created an ad for The Susan G. Komen Foundation using pink boxing gloves to represent the fight being waged by all those touched by the disease. She would often give pink boxing gloves to other women who were facing the same challenges. The message was always the same: “I’m in your corner. Stay strong and keep fighting!” After reading the story of Saint Agatha, Laurie felt a strong personal connection to her. She chose to name her foundation after this strong and brave woman. In a modern twist, Laurie gave Saint Agatha pink boxing gloves in hopes that this logo would inspire those with breast cancer to keep fighting and never give up.
The Story of Saint Agatha
Saint Agatha is the patron saint of breast cancer; her feast day is celebrated each year on February 5th. Born in the third century to a noble family in Sicily, Agatha was a very beautiful woman, She refused marriage proposals from many suitors having dedicated her life to God at a very early age. The magistrate Quintian believed himself high enough in rank to be worthy of Agatha’s affection. When she rebuked his advances, he brought her before the judge – himself. He expected her to give in when faced with torture and possible death, but she rejected him and affirmed her belief in God. Although Agatha was imprisoned and abused by her captors, her faith never wavered. Her death in 251 AD was the result of the immeasurable and unimaginable torture, which included slashing her breasts. Her final prayer was: “Lord, my Creator, you have always protected me from the cradle; you have taken me from the love of the world and given me patience to suffer. Receive my soul.”