Beauties for Boobies Fund
In 2008, at the age of 54 and as the mother of three, Karen was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer of the left breast. She had a lumpectomy and received radiation therapy. The disease went into remission, but returned in January 2011. It metastasized to her whole body.
There were ups and downs throughout Karen’s journey. However, through this difficult time she was inspiring. She never complained, never felt sorry for herself, and never accepted that dying was an option.
Karen fought breast cancer until her last breath on December, 23, 2012. She’s survived by her husband Thomas; her children Matthew Shire (and his wife Carol), Kate Shire, Kimberly Shire, and David McMurray (and his wife Christina); her grandchildren Avery, Joseph, Andrew, and Thomas; her parents Henry and Joan McMurray; and her siblings Henry McMurray, Mary Ellen McCorriston, and Bruce McMurray.
It is inspiring to see someone go through not an ideal way of living and do it every day with a positive attitude. Karen’s family remained a strong unit because she was strong. She held everyone up in times that they felt weak of the thought of losing her. She lifted their spirits with her shining smile, caring heart, and contagious laugh.
In Karen’s memory, the Shire family started the Beauties for Boobies Fund.
Boozin’ For Boobies Fundraiser
The Beauties for Boobies Fund is supported by the Boozin’ For Boobies Fundraiser.
Karen’s daughters Kimberly and Kate started the event during their mother’s breast cancer battle to help a family friend, who had recently lost her own mother to cancer, raise the money necessary to participate in the Susan G. Komen Three Day Walk. Kimberly and Kate spent an evening as bartenders and donated the tips they received to their friend’s fundraising goal.
The next year, the sisters decided to form their own team, Beauties for Boobies, for the Three Day Walk and the Boozin’ for Boobies event became a fundraiser for their team.
Over the years, Boozin’ for Boobies has become a community event to continue to spread Karen’s fighting spirit through cancer awareness. Each year the event gets bigger and better, thanks to the community’s overwhelming support.
In 2014, Kim and Karen formed the Beauties for Boobies Fund at the Cancer Support Community to honor and memorialize Karen, as well as anyone else who’s fought until their last breath and those who continue to fight the battle against breast cancer.