Mary's Story

Mary Faraci was the type of person who made this world a better place. She was always a beacon of happiness, life and love. She brought people together, gave without expecting anything in return and no matter who you were, she always made sure you felt special.

Mary was introduced to the Alexian Brothers Cancer Institute and the Cancer Institute Boutique after being diagnosed with breast cancer in the Fall of 2006. With each visit Mary recognized just how lucky she was.

One year later, Mary had won her battle and she dedicated herself to living life to its fullest - hosting Tuesday night dinners, enjoying countless cups of coffee among the company of family and friends and attending recitals, sports games, graduations and every celebration to which she was invited.

Although Mary's life moved forward she never forgot about her time at the Alexian Brothers Cancer Institute, the Cancer Institute Boutique and the women she encountered. In an effort to grow from her experience she trademarked the name "Release the Past, Embrace the Future®."

On November 9, 2008 she hosted a benefit to support the organization and with the help of her network she was able to raise $8,500 to buy wigs for the women who sought support from the Cancer Institute Boutique.

In the Fall of 2012 Mary was notified that the cancer had spread. She fought the fight another time, but on February 14, 2013 Mary passed away.

The dedication of the Cancer Institute Boutique in Mary's honor will continue her dream of helping breast cancer patients feel beautiful, as well as provide them the confidence and strength they need to "Release the Past and Embrace the Future®."

Donate via Alexian Brothers Foundation website.

If you prefer, you can send a donation via the mail.

Your check can be written to:

Alexian Brothers Foundation

In the memo write:

   Mary R. Faraci Boutique

Mail your check to:

Alexian Brothers Foundation

   Mary R. Faraci Boutique

     3040 Salt Creek Lane

 Arlington Heights, IL 60005


Mary r. Faraci Boutique 

Release the Past. Embrace the Future.