A 2008 Staten Island Woman of Achievement plans to fight breast cancer with laughter. Fran Reali’s one-woman show October 27 at the St. George Theatre will benefit the Florina Rusi Marke Comprehensive Breast Center at Staten Island University Hospital.
Ms. Reali, who has strong roots in the community and heads Safari Realty with her husband Frank Reali, is turning the spotlight on the “Reali-ties” of breast cancer – and the courage it takes to overcome the disease with love, hope and humor. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In 2015, Ms. Reali was diagnosed with the disease that claims nearly 600,000 lives in the U.S. each year and led to her undergo a double mastectomy. She documented her experience during her yearlong fight, hoping to share with women the importance of routine mammography testing and breast screenings.
“During my treatment I began taking photos to highlight the range of emotions I, and my loved ones, were experiencing,” Ms. Reali explained. “It was a surreal experience, and anyone that knows me, knows that I could only take this on with my family and a little humor.”
No stranger to tragedy, Ms. Reali and her husband have been on a life-saving mission for young athletes on Staten Island after the sudden loss of their son, Frank J. Reali III to an undiagnosed heart condition in 2007. The couple team created a foundation in their son’s memory, Protecting One Young Heart at a Time, which brings cardiac testing to student athletes – free of charge.
Ms. Reali is taking this same passion for awareness to breast cancer.
“Though humor was my approach, even during the most difficult days, it’s not everyone’s way to cope,” she said. I’m not trying to demean the severity of breast cancer; I wanted to show people that there can be hope and healing through humor.”
Ms. Reali’s show-stopping, one-woman performance will take her audience on a journey from breast cancer diagnosis to treatment – and triumph. Her goal is to empower women to take the fight head on – and with love and support – you will overcome.
All net proceeds from the event will benefit patients of the Florina Rusi Marke Comprehensive Breast Center with charitable assistance to ease the financial burden for anyone fighting breast cancer.
To learn more about the show, contact Ms. Fran Reali at 718-442-5200. Tickets are available now. Visit Ticketmaster.com or call the St George Theatre at 718-442-2900.