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Suzanne Donahue Keeper of the Hope Award


Suzanne Donahue, was only 40 years old when she lost her battle with melanoma on May 21, 2012.  She journeyed long and hard but did so with grace, love of life and hope.   Hope is inspiring.  It can define the quality of life during very difficult times not only for those struggling but for those around them providing love and support.  We come across people who are an inspiration  because of the way they face insurmountable challenges while continuing to live life at its fullest.

We will keep Suzanne’s memory alive with an annual Suzanne Donahue Keeper of the Hope Award, given to individuals who are inspirational, who teach us about the importance of giving back, and who define hope for us in the darkest days.

TOmThis year we are thrilled to announce Tom Reilly will be our Suzanne Donahue Keeper of the Hope Award Honoree. Tom’s tireless work advocating for those struggling with melanoma is inspiring. Since his own diagnosis he has paid it forward by mentoring those struggling through their darkest days while still waging his own battle. Tom’s work at MFNE makes a difference, taking the risk to share his story, service on our board and committees and fundraising to help us make a difference. We are honored to present this award to Tom. See this year’s Keeper of the Hope video.

The first Suzanne Donahue Keeper of the Hope Award was presented at our 2012 Shades of Hope gala to Suzanne’s parents Kathy and David Donahue in memory of their daughter, whose journey with melanoma was always fought with a love of life.  Corporate recipients of the Suzanne Donahue Keeper of the Hope award were Financial Engines and Knight Capital Americas. The 2013 Suzanne Donahue Keeper of the Hope Award honoree was our 2013 Boston Marathon Running for Cover team. Inspiring Companies are run by inspiring people and have a workforce of inspiring people. Both companies demonstrate the importance of giving back and a commitment to supporting their employees during the darkest of days.

This beautiful video was created in honor of Suzanne and shares insight from her family, friends, doctor and co-worker as to the tremendous person Suzanne was.

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