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To describe Joanie we need to combine equal parts beach bum with fabulous taste in pocketbooks and Halloween costumes with a side of extra toasty Cheez-Its to match her extra mischievous personality (she's been known to ask C-6 police if they need help catching the bad guys when she's dressed up as Robin with Batman and the Joker in tow...sober :)
Joanie has won awards for her devotion to helping those in need including creating a program for family members of persons recovering from alcohol/drug addiction. As a licensed therapist and counselor she has helped her clients feel acceptance and encouragement as they face life's challenges. As a friend she has opened her home to the most vulnerable among us, the homeless and the addicted, those seeking recovery and treatment.
Whether you met Joan at "Friends of Bill" meetings, through her electric (slide) dance moves that light up dance floors from secret North End discos to the Weymouth Elks, her passion for motorcycles as a former sport bike racer, or her magnetism as a volunteer with organizations from Catholic Charities to MetaVivor to the Gavin Foundation, Joan is a source of joy. She has the gift of making anyone who talks with her feel like they matter. A conversation with Joan has been known to make a person feel better about themselves, others, and the world we live in. But probably what is most striking is watching how she lives life despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
In 2014, after being treated for and surviving two earlier breast cancer diagnoses in 2006 and 2009, Joanie was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. There is no cure for metastatic breast cancer - the only type of breast cancer that is terminal. Joanie managed to work for as long as possible with this diagnoses and sought a multitude treatment avenues with fervor. Now, despite years of tireless treatments, undergoing painful and exhausting radiation and chemotherapy, her cancer continues to progress. She currently cannot work while facing mounting medical bills and personal living expenses. Joanie finds it difficult to ask for financial assistance but deeply appreciates any support.
Please consider a gift to support Joan.
Joan’s gift of taking big bites out of life teaches a lot of us every day what it means to be truly alive. Thank you for any contribution and helping Joan live life to its fullest!
p.s. "Friendship Party for Joanie Lynch" disco night on Saturday Nov. 11th, 8pm-1am, at the Boston Teacher's Union Hall!
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