Buzz Off Cancer -Leann McConnell
Why did you say “yes” when asked to be a buzzee?
I am honored to be a part of this exciting event. I am hoping to raise money to assist those facing the financial difficulties that accompany a cancer diagnosis.
Who are you doing this for/in Honor of?
I am doing this in honor of my late Mother in law, Judy McConnell. She lost her long and hard battle with cancer in 2005. She left behind her husband, 3 sons, and young grandchildren. She was a very loving and strong lady and is still missed everyday. She was about the age I am now, when she came to my home and sat in my kitchen while I buzzed her head for the first time after it was coming out from her treatments. This was a very emotional experience I will never forget. Judy was a beautiful woman who always took pride in how she looked and this was very hard for her to do. She told me she always thought her hair was what people noticed first about her. I guess I feel this way too. I am nervous, but looking forward to making this statement to support cancer patients. I think Judy would be very proud of me bringing awareness to those fighting cancer and supporting those in need.
I am also doing this for my husband Kent. He not only lost his Mother to cancer, but also his Grandfather, an Uncle, and a cousin. He has also had other family members fight a cancer diagnosis. With his love and support and that of my children, I am able to embrace this event to show my support.
Why is it important for our community to support patients going through treatment?
Quincy Medical Group Oncology joined our Pittsfield facility in 2019. Since this time, I have had the opportunity to work daily with cancer patients. This has re-opened my eyes to struggles a cancer diagnosis can place on a person and their entire family. Everyone has been touch by cancer in some way. We all know someone who has fought the battle with cancer. It is important to show our support to those in our community who have a need while going thru this journey. Each patient has different needs, and hopefully the support we get from this event will ease the stress for those fighting the fight.