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My name is Tom Gongaware, and I'm the proud father of two grown kids, Max and Sofie, and the husband of an incredible woman, Pam Kohl. I'm the General Manager of a large residential real estate company, but it is Pam's role as the Director of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Collaborative Research Initiative for Susan G. Komen (and a woman afflicted with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer) that has shaped my knowledge about the disease. I've learned that it must be talked about openly but not fearfully, hopefully but not naively, and with a heart willing to give comfort but also able to seek it. Cancer has strengthened my ability to be empathetic and comforting...and to listen better.