Paying It Forward Newlyweds' Gift Celebrates Mother's Life

Joshua and Joelle Cyr married on October 12, 2019, in New Milford, Connecticut. In lieu of favors for their guests, they decided to make a donation to the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital on behalf of Joshua's mother, Jean Cyr.

In 2005, when Joshua was 15 years old, Jean was diagnosed with breast cancer. After radiation proved unsuccessful, Jean relapsed in 2007. From there, she received a double mastectomy. Since the procedure, she has been breast cancer free.

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Joshua and Jean have a very special relationship. When celebrations like weddings come up, the Cyrs are reminded of how it important it is to reflect on family and be grateful for overcoming darker times. The newlyweds also made a donation to the caregivers who helped Joelle's father, Cliff, through his journey with lymphoma.

In the letter that accompanied their gift to the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, the couple wrote:

"We are so thankful to the wonderful doctors, nurses, and other staff at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center who took care of Jean during her years of treatment and recovery. Today Jean is happy and healthy and breast cancer free for 12 years. She is also a two-time survivor! ... Thank you for all that you do in savings people’s lives, like Jean’s."