Honoring Our Mothers


When you buy a Mother’s Day arrangement from FTD.com this week, you’ll get a 15% discount storewide, and FTD will donate 15% of the proceeds directly toward helping people affected by cancer. Honor your mom today!

Leigh Manasco, Training and Development Manager
If my mother were a flower, she’d be a magnolia—southern, classic and beautiful.
leigh mom

My mom Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2004—the same summer the LIVESTRONG wristband came out. She lived in Memphis, and I in Denver. I already felt far away from my family, but her diagnosis made that distance seem unbearable. A few days after her mastectomy, a friend brought me three yellow wristbands— one for him, one for me, and one to send to my mom. Knowing that the three of us, and millions more, were wearing them for the same reason, made that distance shrink just a bit. She completed treatment the following spring, and has been cancer-free for eight years!

Patrick Rastelli, Lead Project Manager
If my mom were a flower, she’d be a Bird of Paradise—beautiful and incredibly resilient.

My mother Mary was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and had a kidney removed when I was four years old. We didn’t talk about her treatment because I was so young. Around Christmas of 1998, my father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy for a year and half. My mother’s patience, compassion and grace as a caregiver were overwhelming. Three years after my father’s diagnosis, I was diagnosed with melanoma. I can’t honestly comprehend what must have been going through her mind then, but she was the rock on which my family rested. In 2005, my father relapsed and continued to live with cancer as a chronic disease until his death in 2011. My mother lost the love of her life on the 27th anniversary of her wedding. She even handled that with a grace and poise I can only hope to possess one day. When it comes to cancer, my mother has experienced it all—the doctor visits, the infusion rooms, the insurance companies, the medical bills, the isolation, the desperation, the fear, the anxiety, the joy, the seemingly infinite sadness and the resolve to keep going in the face of it all.

Doug Ulman, President and CEO of the LIVESTRONG Foundation

If my mom were a flower, she’d be a sunflower—rising tall in the toughest of conditions.
My mother Diana was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago and underwent lumpectomy and six weeks of radiation. More recently, she was diagnosed with adnexal carcinoma. She has had surgery and is now awaiting next steps. My own diagnosis at age 19 changed the course of my life forever. I now have the privilege of spending each and every day helping others in need. My mother’s diagnosis during the last decade has also showed me the difficulty of watching a loved one deal with this disease. I am grateful to my mom. She has shaped my life in so many ways and I simply would not be where I am without her.


  1. Diana Ulman says:

    Doug, thank you so much – I am honored and privileged to be your mom – thank you for the support you give to me and for the support you offer to the world wide cancer community – we have all learned enormous lessons from our journey – you have shared those lessons with millions, and worked to improve their lives – all my love!

  2. Mary says:

    Patrick, Thank you for the beautiful words.. they meant so much to me. I have such respect for all that you do every day for the cancer community and for all those at the Foundation. Giving us help and HOPE every day!

    1. Much love to you, Mary.

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