When the Komen Greater Cincinnati Affiliate needs help, there is one man who we can always call in to get the job done. Bill Teater has a passion for showing support to the women in our community. It started with a Bridal Show but Bill’s connection to the affiliate has become so much more.
Here is his story, as told by his daughter Stephanie:
Eight years ago, my dad started a bridal show and partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation in order to bring more visibility to the show. I am sure my dad had no idea how that decision would impact him in the future. Dad also thought it would be great if actual survivors could model in the fashion show. Komen was quick to help set this up. The thought was that young women in the audience would see that this is not just a disease that attacks older women. He wanted to encourage young women to be proactive about early detection and awareness by seeing younger survivors on stage. The dramatic part was that nobody would know that many of the models were survivors until the end of the show. He was hoping this decision would have a bigger impact on the viewers. Komen would also have a booth at the event to talk to young women and encourage them to be proactive regarding their health in this area. The first year was a success, and a bond was formed for my dad with the organization.
The impact was significant to my father. That first year of the show, while
being stressful from a production standpoint, was extremely emotional for
dad. He would constantly talk about the great battles that many of the
models had fought. These young women inspired my dad with
their courageous stories of survivorship, their strength, and hope for a
future without breast cancer. He was in awe of these unbelievable ladies
going through such horrific battles and showing such a resilient spirit.
As the first show was finishing, he vowed he wanted to do more; He
wanted to be more involved. He wanted to help more in the fight. He
didn’t want to see anyone lose the battle. Dad got more connected becoming
a sponsor at Race for The Cure, and trying to help out where ever he
The one thing Dad feared most since starting this show has occurred three different times; Three of the survivor models lost their battle with this terrible disease. Each time it happened, I have seen my father get more committed to helping so that others can win the battle and imagine a world without breast cancer! Each year since 2005, the bridal show has been able to increase it’s donation to Susan G. Komen, and knowing how my dad works I know that will continue to happen each year. Great Day Producions may be the company he owns, but his passion is helping in the fight against breast cancer!