Diane’s Story

Diane’s Story

Diane’s Story

Diane is the namesake for our two new limited edition PINK skirts. $5 from each “Diane” skirt sold will go to The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. Diane’s story is inspiring to us, and we hope you will be inspired, too.

(You can read more stories about our Fabulous Four Survivors here!)

Long before the expression “Fight like a Girl” was heard, Diane Slater said, “I will not go without a fight! I will not let this beat me!” This was her declaration when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 49. After a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, she charged forward in all possible treatments for the disease that refused to leave her body. Unfortunately, after a 6 year battle, she lost the war. She left behind a memory and legacy of a strong, good-natured person who many will keep in their hearts forever.

Born in NY and growing up in south Florida, she was always a positive person. The youngest of three, surrounded by her large family of cousins and many friends, she was always very adventurous. While in high school, she made some very good friends who stayed in touch throughout their lives, to later become known as the Gable Girls. While visiting her sister in NY, she met the man of her dreams. They soon married and moved back to south Florida to raise their family. She raised her children while caring for her ailing parents and later her in-laws. Despite working a full time job and taking care of those around her, she always had an open-door policy in her home. Friends were always welcome, and she was happiest when she was able to feed people! Friends soon learned it was easier to simply accept her offer of food and drink, or she would drive them crazy until they did.

Diane touched so many lives. She was giving and caring to people in distress and would do anything to help make someone else’s life better. She is best remembered by these characteristics: caring, giving to people in time of need, a solid rock that you could depend on, and a mother to all who needed it. She was one of those people you could rely on for anything in life. Everyone considered her one of the nicest, warmest, most sincere people they had the pleasure of knowing. She always had kind words to say and thoughtful advice to give. Diane was known as a very positive person. Her motto was “Live every day to the fullest!”

Her friends and family still miss Diane’s presence and all who knew her are better off in life with the influence she had on people’s lives. Her strength and positive attitude toward life is something we all took from her. Her legacy and memory will live on; through her children, grandchildren, and friends.