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SLIDESHOW: 2nd Annual Pink Ball Raises $15,000 To Help Trio of Moms

MetroWest Bootcamp Community Outreach held its 2nd Annual Pink Ball Friday night to benefit a trio of mothers battling cancer.

MWBC instructors Kristen Houlker, Nikki Jones, Lynn Sullivan and Jess Ordway with honorees Julie Cowern and Jayme Robertson. Credit: Susan Scully Petroni
MWBC instructors Kristen Houlker, Nikki Jones, Lynn Sullivan and Jess Ordway with honorees Julie Cowern and Jayme Robertson. Credit: Susan Scully Petroni
In 2012, Jessica "Jess" Ordway, an instructor at MetroWest Bootcamp was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her fellow instructors at the bootcamp -- Kristen Houlker, Nikki Jones and Lynn Sullivan, all of Framingham -- rallied around her and also decided to launch the MWBC Community Outreach, a charity organization based out of Framingham with the mission to help families in our community. 

Last year, the MetroWest Boot Camp held a Pink Ball to raise money to help a trio of moms battling cancer. The event raised enough money to present the Burke, Diaz and Osgood families with $3,000 each.

Friday, the organization held its 2nd Annual Pink Ball to help a trio of moms, battling cancer - Julie Cowern, Jayme Robertson and Jess Ward.

Hundreds of individuals attended the fun, dance-filled ball, including two of the honorees Julie and Jayme.

Robertson is a teacher at the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham and a mom to two. She is battling stage 2 breast cancer.

Cowern is a kindergarten teacher in Medway, who lives in Ashland with her husband and  their boys. She also is battling stage 2 breast cancer.

One of last year's honorees Joyce Osgood made a quilt to be raffled off during the Pink Ball. She said she wanted to "pay it forward" and the quilt was a way to contribute to the ball.

Attendees dined on food donated by Framingham Baking Company, La Cantina Ristorante, Nello's Cafe in Ashland, The Villa Restaurant, Roche Bros. supermarket and desserts from Cakes by Terri in Cambridge.

Attendees also place bids on more than $11,000 worth of merchandise and services donated to a silent auction. And they also danced the night away. (Check out the attached photos and video.)

Not able to attend, was the third honoree Ward, a nurse, mother and wife battling stage 4 terminal cancer. Ward, who grew up in Natick, has two daughters from a previous relationship, and now lives in Ashland, with her new husband. In July 2013, she found a lump the size of a lemon in her breast. Her initial diagnosis was stage 2 breast cancer, but the cancer is an aggressive form and quickly spread to her liver. She did not attend the ball.

For others who could not attend the ball, you can still make a donation by vitising:  http://www.metrowestbootcamponline.com/mwbc-community-outreach-inc/mwbc-community-outreach-donations...


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