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The one hundred honoree: Friends of Mel

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The one hundred honoree: Friends of Mel

Mass General Giving

Mel Simmons was our mentor. With her grace and spirit, she taught us how to die — but more importantly, she also showed us, every day, how to live. Pauline Alighieri (pictured) and other friends of Mel have built a powerful legacy to Mel, raising millions of dollars by selling colorful bracelets and donating the proceeds to the fight against breast cancer. Their commitment to honoring Mel’s memory and to making a difference in the lives of women with breast cancer is inspirational.