Tuesday, October 13, 2015



Daughter of a Two-time Breast Cancer Survivor Takes Time Away from Her National Tour to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth is a multi-dimensional talent who’s at home on the stage, the big screen and the small screen. The actress is currently traveling the country on her “Coming Home” tour, wowing audiences with her amazing talent.

In between it all, she recently got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and closed out the Tanglewood season with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in early September. Her lengthy resume also includes Broadway roles in “Wicked,” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” in addition to the TV show, “The West Wing.”

Yet, as the name of her “Coming Home” tour implies, she’s a woman who cares deeply about home and family. Her mom is a two-time breast cancer survivor and Chenoweth took time off from her career several years ago to care for her when she battled the disease for a second time.

As a result, Chenoweth is passionate about sharing what she’s learned about this disease, in hopes of helping more women have the best possible chance for early detection. When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 100%.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Chenoweth wants women to know that they need to be advocates for their health, because all mammograms are not the same. A newer technology, the first-of-its-kind, 3D mammography, is the only mammogram clinically proven to detect up to 41% more invasive cancers than traditional 2D screenings. It also reduces the number of call-backs by 40% for additional tests from “false positives” that can happen with traditional 2D mammograms.

Unfortunately, not all insurance carriers cover this more accurate screening technology, so Kristin is urging women to contact their insurers and demand coverage and a better chance for survival.



James Walter "Buddy" McGirt (born January 17, 1964) is an American boxing trainer and retired boxer. During his ring tenure, McGirt was the IBF light-welterweight champion, and Lineal/WBC welterweight champion.

Professional boxing career
McGirt’s aspirations of becoming a professional boxer existed at an incredibly young age."They said I was too small," McGirt says now. "They said I couldn't do it. I said I could. I said I'd be the first world champion from Long Island - so the guy they said couldn't do it is the one who did it." Fulfilling this childhood dream, he did so with a vengeance, turning professional in the year 1983, the year he graduated from Brentwood High School.

In 1988, McGirt defeated Frankie Warren, avenging what was at that time his only defeat, to win the IBF light welterweight title.In his second defense, he lost the title to Meldrick Taylor.

In November 1991, he defeated Simon Brown to win the Lineal and WBC welterweight titles.
Buddy was a scrappy, talented fighter who had an outstanding career in the ring. He defeated men such as Simon Brown, Livingstone Bramble, Saoul Mamby, Edwin Curet, Howard Davis, Frankie Warren, Tony Baltazar, Gennaro Leon, Patrizio Oliva, Gary Jacobs, Tommy Ayers, Willie Rodriguez, Ralph Twinning, Buck Smith, Kevin Pompey, Rafael Williams, John Senegal, Eric Martin, Joe Manley, Tyrone Moore, Nick Rupa, Joe Gatti and George Heckley.

At the beginning of 1993, McGirt was the world's top-ranked 147-pound boxer, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world; but in the first week starting off the year he tore up his left shoulder while training. Without his money punch, the left hook, he had to box virtually one-handed for a total of 24 rounds in two championship fights. He won the first fight, but he lost his title in the second. McGirt lost the title to Pernell Whitaker in 1993. The following year, he again lost to Whitaker in an attempt to regain the title.

In 1997, he retired with a record of 73-6-1 (48 KOs).

Training career
Following his retirement from the ring, "Buddy" has been quite successful working with up-and-coming young fighters, as a trainer.

It took Buddy McGirt six years to become a world champion. It took him just six days to become the trainer of a champion. The fighter he trained first was super middleweight Byron Mitchell. Scheduled a mere six days after becoming his coach, was the fight against Manny Siacca for WBA title. The fight ended with a hook to the body followed with a quick hook to the head, knocking Siacca out. Becoming an instant champion, McGirt knows its usually not that easy.

He's a full-time trainer now and is committed to the challenge of preparing others to step into the ring. "Anybody can train but not many people can teach," McGirt said. "And that's what boxing is missing now, teachers. There are not many old-school trainers around.". McGirt won the Boxing Writers' Association of America Trainer of the Year Award for 2002.

McGirt's son, James McGirt Jr., is also a professional boxer. McGirt also trains Kurt Pellegrino's boxing, his first venture into MMA, and trains heavyweight boxer Taishan Dong.

Buddy was trained and managed by Al Certo and Stuart Weiner. McGirt and some of the fighters he trains are documented in the book "Bring it to the Ring: A Boxing Yearbook and Inspirational Message to Today's Youths." The book was published in 2005.

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