Ann Scannell

Ann was 42 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The Kewaskum resident said her experience was frightening and eye-opening, but that she felt buoyed by luck, warmth and love.

“Every day is a blessing. I have had the opportunity to help my family and daughter by alerting them to the gene we have, and I am thankful to be here and to help take care of others,” she says. Ann and her daughter Amanda are one of three¬†mother-daughter artist teams at the Rare Chair Affair this year. The gene mutation affecting her family is a BRCA gene mutation that is associated with high breast cancer risk.

Ann said she was grateful for the fine treatment she experienced after her diagnosis. She joined this year’s Survivor Artists because it looked unique and fun. “I am lucky enough to not have recurred, so I wanted to be able to give back in some small way.”

Ann said she hopes that breast cancer research will focus on prevention, particularly for those with BRCA gene mutations.