October 2, 1946 – March 6, 2017
Co-founder of the Alloro Collection, a clothing line designed with cancer survivors in mind
2016 Caring Advocate For Recovery Through the Arts (CARA) Honoree
Breast Cancer Survivor & Advocate
Laurel Kamen was diagnosed with breast cancer in her left breast in September of 2011. Doctors recommended that she have a mastectomy of her left breast, but she elected to have a double mastectomy to reduce the risk – and the fear – of recurrence. On the evening before her surgery, Laurel came up with the idea of creating a line of products offering a variety of clothing and accessories that are beautiful and exciting to all women, but one with a special focus on women who have experienced breast cancer treatment, whether surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. Laurel, a former American Express executive, formed a partnership with her longtime friend Christine Irvin, an artist and Wall Street veteran, and the Alloro Collection was created. Launched in 2013, the collection is sold at trunks shows and online and is designed and manufactured in the US. These are clothes that love you back.
Moving For Life was privileged to have the opportunity to honor Laurel's tremendous passion and vision in 2016 with the Caring Advocate for Recovery Through the Arts Award. We will miss her deeply.
Laurel Kamen was one of a kind - a woman of great integrity, grace and wisdom who I instantly respected and chose to join forces with. Every minute that we spent together on behalf of our women-run health initiatives – The Alloro Collection and Moving For Life – were joyful and productive. A strong light has gone out in our community, a space that cannot be filled. With this memorial programming, we will strive to keep Laurel's beauty and passion alive.
- Dr. Martha Eddy