The Geri Thompson Award
The Geri Thompson Award was established to honor the memory of Geri Thompson and her active role in the founding of the HCF. The first award will be made next year, at this event, to recognize the Thriver who has promoted the mission and values of the HCF for the betterment of others affected with breast cancer.
Geri was a vibrant 40-year-old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. During her treatment, she received holistic services to help her on her journey. After experiencing the benefits of these healing modalities, Geri approached her employer, Waste Management, to secure funding for the HCF. Through her efforts, the HCF was awarded $10,000. This gift made it possible to establish the Healing Certificate and Practitioner Programs.
In 2010, Geri was diagnosed with metastatic cancer but continued to be an active participant in HCF programs, including the first “Metafriends” Retreat. Geri passed away in 2014, requesting that those she left behind continue to support the HCF in her memory. With the establishment of this award, her legacy will never be forgotten and hopefully, will motivate others to model her actions and commitment to increasing the impact of the HCF.
2017 Recipient – Connie Cifelli
We are pleased to announce Connie Cifelli as our 2017 Geri Thompson Award Recipient.
Connie has been an outstanding supporter and contributor to HCF. She is an exemplary volunteer. She leads groups, volunteers for fund raisers of all kinds on behalf of breast cancer survivors and research, serves as a coach, and has a great listening ear. She meets all the criteria for the Geri Thompson award and more. She is an HCF Practitioner and facilitates the Healthy Cooking For Life classes and leads the monthly Wellness Warrior Program.
She is always ready and willing to support women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in every way she can. Since first being diagnosed with cancer, Connie has changed her eating habits and continues to explore ways to improve her own health and that of others. She models a realistic lifestyle and how one can change. She encourages others to participate in holistic practices such as yoga and Pilates, and to use their healing certificates. Connie encourages people through posting on Facebook and directing them with new ideas, recipes and other general ways to benefit our whole body.
2017 Celebration of Healing Program Photos
2016 Recipient – Blair Greiner
We are pleased to announce Blair Greiner as our 2016 Geri Thompson Award Recipient
Blair encourages others to take advantage of many of the programs and services offered by the HCF. She is in a good place in her life and continues to both use and promote the HCF services to others. She “walks the walk” and “talks the talk” by regularly participating in many of the programs and services offered by the HCF including: Fitness & Exercise Classes, Meditative Brush Painting Workshops, Annual retreats, Healing Certificates, and Life Coaching Sessions.
Blair is an active member of the BCBF and she became the co-leader of the monthly Young Breast Friends (YBF) Support Group after her breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 33. She provides an “arm to lean on” for newly diagnosed Young Breast Friends and helps them through their cancer journey. The shared experiences of the group is phenomenal. Although the group officially meets once each month, they are a very connected group and rely on each other in a very real way. The group has reached out to the HCF to request Weekend Retreats specifically for the YBF’s.
“Being nominated for this award was an extreme honor. Since learning about Geri and her work for the HCF and other breast friends, I am even more humbled to be chosen to represent this award in her honor. Knowing first hand how the HCF changes lives, I knew I had to find a way to pay forward, the opportunities that were given to me both during and after treatment for breast cancer.
I began developing www.pinkEpromise.com when I was in treatment and formally shared it with the world in January of 2012. Since that time, we have been able to donate over $20,000 to the HCF as we are able to share a portion of every sale with the foundation. I am blessed to be included in the Bucks County Breast Friends and Young Breast Friends support groups. Facing the uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis, I was full of fear and the HCF has provided me with a large variety of modalities that I have used to better my health, my life and hopefully influence others to do the same.
Being given an award in the name of the trail blazer that Geri Thompson was, fills my heart in the highest regard. All of the women who were nominated for the award have influenced and positivity changed my life. I am grateful for the chance to stand with them in unison of the cause and with the utmost love. With the support and love of my parents, my husband, my children, and the pinkEpromise team, I feel grateful that I have the opportunity to give back to the foundation that directly supports those who face this disease. Thanks so much! With love and gratitude!” Blair
The Geri Thompson Award
2016 Celebration of Healing Program Photos
Our event was held on March 13, 2016. We honored our Thrivers with pink roses and presented the Geri Thompson Award.