Events: mark your calendars

Kick It to Cancer” with Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer


On June 9, cancer warriors will “earn their showers” participating in a 3-hour trifecta of fitness events.

Fayetteville, New York:  Focusing attention on the health benefits of physical fitness, Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer (SDBC) is hosting “Kick It to Cancer” at the Towne Center Fitness Studio in Fayetteville on Sunday, June 9. The event features three one-hour group fitness sessions (cycling, boot camp, and yoga), giving participants the opportunity to take part in one, two, or all three.  “Fitness is an important key to health, whether you’re being treated for cancer or not,” says SDBC Founder Ann Marie Giannino-Otis.  “I have always loved the energy I get from working out in a group setting, but I know that people can be intimidated at the idea of being a beginner in front of others. This event is designed to give everyone at any fitness level the chance to experience different kinds of workouts.  Maybe they’ll find something they like and can stick with.”

Kick It to Cancer is not just for beginners.  Experienced, highly trained instructors will lead the one-hour sessions and, because of class size limitations, they will have the ability to modify the workout for varying levels of fitness, from beginner to intermediate to expert.  “You can work hard or take it easy – whatever works for you,” Ann Marie says.

Starting at 7:30 AM, the complete trifecta of classes will be provided six times throughout the day so participants can create a schedule that works best for them.  “We’ve also set it up so that people can put together a team and do the three classes together,” says Ann Marie.  “Or they take turns doing the individual events and make it a relay.”  Individuals are also encouraged to participate.  “There’s a saying I like,” she continues.  “’You’re just one workout away from a good mood.’ I really believe that it’s true.”

  All of the money raised for the event will be donated directly to East Syracuse-based CancerConnects and SDBC’s new Bravery Bags program. Participants will also be provided with a water bottle and healthy snacks, included in the registration fee, to keep them hydrated and nourished throughout the event.  There will be a door prize raffle, with opportunities to win free classes at the Towne Center Fitness Studio.

M.C. Reidy Davidson, a Towne Center Fitness instructor who will be leading classes for the event, often asks her students “How are you going to earn your shower today?”  Kick it to Cancer participants will earn theirs as cancer warriors, fighting cancer and taking a positive step toward fitness through their participation in this fun, healthy day-long event.

For more details about Kick It to Cancer, contact Ann Marie ( /

315-559-1203) or visit the Facebook event site:

Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer is Ann Marie Giannino-Otis’ fierce and unconventional initiative to promote awareness, early detection, and advocacy, with a special focus on how the disease impacts younger people. On behalf of her organization, Ann Marie has been featured in magazine and news stories, made appearances on TV, local radio, and Huffington Post Live, and hosts a series of monthly events, including the My Journey Through the Lumps photo essay at Fayetteville-based Pascale’s Restaurant in October, Stacks for Racks in November and February, This is My Journey, a slide show and presentation at the Fayetteville Free Library, Caring Kids events in December and April, Ride Inside for Breast Cancer in January, the Pink Out! drag show in February, and Bunco for Boobs in March. Since its inception last September, Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer has raised and contributed around $26,000 to a variety of breast cancer organizations, including Komen CNY-Central New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Stand Up to Cancer, Duke Hospital, Wilmot Cancer Center, the Upstate Cancer Center, Cancer Connects, and the Maureen’s Hope Foundation.

Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer has developed Bravery Bags in partnership with Jill Greblick, Ann Marie’s cancer-surviving counterpart in Boston, and CancerConnects. The project consists of filling gift bags with such items as lip balm, dry shampoo, notecards, and a cheerful fleece blanket made by a child at an SDBC “Caring Kids” events. The Bravery Bag, which will be delivered in advance of a patient’s scheduled surgery, is designed to make life comfortable for them after their procedure, and to send the message beforehand that someone understands what they are going through and is thinking of them.

CancerConnects is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which provides free programs and services to help facilitate the cancer journey for patients throughout Central New York, empowering cancer patients and survivors via connections to community resources, support, and guidance.

Ann Marie communicates regularly with a growing network of patients, their loved ones, and supporters via a blog, and Facebook community,

Past Events

April 11th 6pm

Trappers II in Minoa

Join the ladies on April 11th at 6pm for a night of dice, drinks, food, prizes, boobs and FUN!! Be there by 6pm to register and get your seat assignment, the game will start at 7 pm SHARP! The price is $20 and you must register in advance by April 5th . There will be 60 spots and that is it, so contact me. The shirts are PREORDER, $20 grey vneck with the SDBC logo on the right side. There will be AMAZING prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, most Bunco and  boobie, plus every time you roll a Bunco you get to reach into the grab bag. Raffles and NEW Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer shirts will be on sale. Proceeds to benefit CNY Komen team CURE OR BUST and Maureen’s Hope. Trappers II will be having food and cocktail specials as well. So get your ladies and come get your Bunco on to support the “girls”!

This link will bring you to the FaceBook Events page

Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer rides for Cancer
Join Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer for a ride inside for a cure on January 6th at the Community Fitness Center in Fayetteville for a high intensity indoor cycle marathon or relay. The proceeds will go to CNY Komen Race for the Cure team “Cure or Bust “and Jackie Balliot in her fight against Osteosarcoma a form of bone cancer. Jackie was 15 when diagnosis and has the will power of a Super star. Read more about her at blog   
Jackie is from North Carolina but will be cheering us on via Skype. Cancer does not discriminate and Jackie is proof that with hope there is a CURE.

There are many ways to ride just find the one that works for you. All riders will get a FREE shirt, the first 5 teams will get a water bottle, if you register by Thanksgiving you will get a 2 week voucher to the center and if you are a solo 6 hour rider there is a visor for you! If you know someone battling or 
surviving or lost their battle to cancer ride for them. Let us know so we can put a sign on your bike. There will be raffles through the day and door prizes as well, a great time for an important cause. This is an ideal way to kick off the New Year, getting fit and helping battle cancer.

Pick your ride

The Big Bone- ride alone for 6 hours with four 15 minute breaks. This is hard core and we will be there cheering you on, $105.

The double Mastectomy- get a buddy and split the ride. You can go every other 1 and 15 minutes or do a 3 hour yourself. Either way it will be a great work out, $55 a person

The Meningie Trou-three people changing up the ride and working hard, $38 a person

Six Pack- six friends burning their quads in an hour intervals, $ 25 a person

All registration needs to be in and paid to get a spot by December 28th. There are only 30 bikes, spaces will fill up FAST. The instructors will be announced and their time slots when all spots are filled.
Click here for the PDF registration form

December 10th 2012 7pm
I will share my thoughts, feelings, and distinctly unconventional approach to breast cancer in a slide show presentation of photos documenting my battle with the disease. Directed toward young women, older teens, cancer survivors, and their loved ones, the presentation seeks to enlighten and inspire the audience and demystify the processes and procedures related to treatment. This is My Journey is another in a growing number of Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer events designed to promote early detection, encourage advocacy, and generate an honest and straightforward conversation that continues long after the “official” Breast Cancer Awareness Month has ended.

Please join me at Fayettevile Free Library for my story. The doors will open at 7pm and I will begin to talk at 7:30pm. I am looking forward to this "friendraiser". The library seats 150 people so please arrive on time. This is just another confirmation to the community support. Some of the photos will be on display in the lirbray for the month of December, check them out.

Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer is the works of becoming a non-for profit and I could not be happier. I have events planned for everyone month, everyone is different and will appeal to a variety of people. I am looking for donations of goods, services, gift certificates, etc. Nothing is too small of too large. They will be used at the events as door prizes or raffles. What a great way to show your products off and get some free advertising. Contact me for more information; I look forward to working with you!

Stacks for Racks

Join  Trapper’s II

  for a poker tourney to benefit

 Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer

Monday, November 5th

Starting at 6pm

Trapper’s II 101 North Main Street, Minoa, NY 13116

$30 buy in with ability to buy back in

Half the pot will go to Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer and Cancer Control Division in Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester. The other half will be divided into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. There will be door prizes and GREAT raffles. Come to this fun evening for a great cause, anything to save the boobies! MUST register (there are only 50 seats, so register NOW!!) Trapper's II will have food specials for all participating players!!! $8-16" Cheese pizzas and 50 Cent wings!!

Please join Genevieve Fridley Photography and me on October 21st from 4pm until 7pm as we display the real, uncensored version of stupid dumb breast cancer. The cost will be $10 advance sale tickets and $15 at the door. The show will be at Pascale's Restaurant in Fayetteville. Ticket sales will begin September 1st. Please contact me at for ticket purchases. Tickets and donations can be paid via PayPal as well. The part of the proceeds will benefit the team CURE OR BUST at the 2013 Race for the Cure on May 18th. The other will go to Stand up to Cancer. I am so excited that we are using the money for research and education. Both of organizations are fabulous. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. If we have donations for food we will have more money for these important organizations! Contact me if you would like to donate.
There will be a cash bar and light appetizers, so drink heavily and eat minimal. We are looking for any donations for food and print costs. Genevieve is donating some prints. These print will be used at various events. If you are willing to help with keeping costs down PLEASE contact me. Thanks so The Art Supply Store for donating some framed pictures for the event, so generous. Plus, please check the coupon on the blog as well! They are donating 10% of your purchase to Cure or bust, get your framing done and support the team.
Please mark your calendars and tell your friends. What better way to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month than showcasing a life SAVED from early detection. These pictures have been so incredibly therapeutic for me, amazing how Genevieve captures the emotion. They have also inspired other women going through stupid dumb breast cancer now (and friends of these women who need to see the harsh reality of it). Please know that anyone who really wants to come but does not want to view the pictures, we have respectfully set up the viewing area in the restaurant part. The bar will not have any pictures that will make anyone uncomfortable. I really hope to see you all there. Stupid dumb breast cancer lit a fire inside me. Join me as we find a way to stop it! I wonder what shoes to wear??!!

For Tickets Via PayPal. PLEASE tell how many tickets and if they are for survivors!


For the past seven years, I have organized a team for CNY Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure called “Cure or Bust”. I’ve done this to honor my grandmother, as well as friends that have had their lives torn apart by this disease.  We have been the biggest team for the past four years and two years running as the biggest fund raiser.
Ironically, on May 5th of this year, I found a lump, and on June 13th, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am not cancer, I never was. I knew from that moment that my mission would be to beat cancer and help others along the way.
On Sunday October 21st from 4-7pm at Pascale’s Restaurant in Fayetteville, “My Journey through the Lumps” will be on display. Genevieve Fridley Photography has documented my entire journey with images that are uncensored and emotional, while never failing to show the reality of “stupid dumb breast cancer”. All proceeds will benefit Stand up to Cancer and Susan G. Komen through our team Cure or Bust.
One in every eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer. We would appreciate donations to help in the fight. Our corporate sponsor levels include-Silver at $250, gold at $500, platinum at $750, and diamond at $1000. All of these sponsors will have their logo at the event on October 21st and on the Cure or Bust team page and at the Komen race event. Your company name will be on the Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account as well. Any company wishing to make a smaller donation of $100 will be mentioned in the program on the day of the event.
Please make all donations to Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer. We could not be more pleased or grateful for your generous donations. Or through PayPal via the blog link. ALL donations MUST be in by October 13th so we can get the logos to the printers.
 Breast cancer is the leading killer among women, help us save a life and beat Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer.


  1. Ann Marie, what's the other organization's name again?

    1. Nat, hope I told you it was Stand up to cancer...sorry:)

  2. I put it on my facebook. I hope all my fb survivor friends will come to Pascals, or at least join the team in May!