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The one hundred honoree: Ann Murray Paige

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The one hundred honoree: Ann Murray Paige

Mass General Giving

Initially diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37, Ann Murray Paige has fought back with character and imagination.

Ann is the charismatic subject of “The Breast Cancer Diaries,” a documentary that won multiple awards for its unsparing, funny and inspiring portrayal of a young woman undergoing a life-changing cancer diagnosis and treatment. A mother of two young children, Ann addresses their fears and concerns while dealing with her own.

When cancer returned seven years later, Ann published a sequel of sorts, “Pink Tips: Breast Cancer Advice from Somebody Who’s Been There,” a book in which she reflects on 50 things that got her through the worst year of her life. Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute says, “This book isn’t just for breast cancer patients, it’s for anyone going through anything tough in life.”

Ann’s blog “projectpinkdiary” has a worldwide following and her latest project, a one-woman stage production entitled “In the Pink,” is bringing her wit and wisdom to live audiences.

“Ann’s way of coping with cancer is to take action,” writes Lorraine Walsh, RN. “Ann is an inspiration to all who have the pleasure of knowing her, in person or through her book, blog or film.”