Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer and Cape & the Islands Bakes for Breast Cancer 2016 is dedicated to the memory of Linda Wheaton. Linda was the mother of Susan Wheaton Guerin, our Director of Development & Communications, and Michelle Wheaton Stafford, herself a six-year breast cancer survivor.
Linda grew up in New York State, right over the border with Connecticut where her grandparents owned the Bulls Bridge Inn in Kent. Much of Linda’s childhood was shaped by spending days and evenings at the Inn, entertaining the guests with her antics as a child and eventually working when she was old enough. Linda’s time spent at the Inn surely contributed to her love of cooking and baking. She could always be found whipping up new recipes or taking cooking classes to learn something new to share at her next dinner party.
While Linda spent much of her adult life in Connecticut, she eventually moved to Martha’s Vineyard in her early 50’s after having been seduced by the Island. Unfortunately, only a few months after having moved, she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. At that time, Linda was told by her oncologist that she had about 6 months to live. Having two daughters to raise, she took the experimental drugs available, and lived for another 25 years. Sadly, lung cancer finally overcame her at home in Falmouth, MA this past November. Linda surely had embodied the phrase “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Linda loved to laugh and have a good time. It is in that spirit that we honor her this year, hoping that others will join Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer in our sweet events that bring a smile to those who participate and funds to help find a cure for breast cancer.