Invasive Ductal Carcinoma/Double Mastectomy
5 Years on Tamoxifen
“Life is like a movie. We are born, live a short life, and die. Therefore, live each day to the fullest.”


Cindy Papale was born inNew York City and raised on Long Island,New York. She came to Floridain 1972 where she attended the University of Miami and majored in Business Administration. Currently, Cindy is Administrative Assistant for Dr. Roger Khouri at the Miami Breast Center. She has also worked at the University of Miami for 27 years, and 12 of those years she worked for a Professor at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Department of surgery where she helped edit and write several grants for breast cancer research, and has worked closely with breast cancer patients.

 In July, 2000, Cindy’s life changed drastically when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Her story is a moving account of how one woman has taken a traumatic life experience and from it found new meaning in her life. She has touched the hearts of many and is even saving lives by sharing the important message that breast cancer is not just affecting younger women, but that it is survivable. Cindy is reaching high school, and college students with this message.  To date, she has spoken to hundreds of thousands of students, which ultimately led her to writing her book The Empty cup Runneth Over.

Cindy has made front cover to the Neighbors Section in the Miami Herald where she spoke to over 2,000 students at Our Lady of Lourdes High School inCoral Gables,Florida, and to the cover of Miami Cancer Magazine distributed by the U of M Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center throughout Miami Dade, Broward, andWest Palm Beachcounties.  Cindy was nominated and chosen for her story in the Strike out Cancer Hall of Fame, and has appeared on Channel 6 South Florida Today Show. Cindy also was interviewed  by Ellen Jaffe on 101.5 LITE FM radio, and was one of many breast cancer models in the Day of Caring, a event sponsored by theUniversityofMiami. Cindy has been invited several times and enjoys speaking on Sirius Satellite Radio on the Doctor Radio Show with Sylvia and Abe

Currently, Cindy is writing a movie screenplay and book based on the script. She is also the cousin to former Philadelphia Eagle, Vince Papale, a cancer survivor and whose life story was turned into an inspirational movie by Disney titled “Invincible”.

Cindy is very active in the breast cancer arena…below are just a few of her activities:

  • Founder of the web presence The Empty Cup Runneth Over  and Author of the book The Empty Cup Runneth Over for Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Joined Forces with Fight Pink, Inc Non-profit Breast cancer Organization, to facilitate awareness on a global level
  • Represent the programs and point of view of the organizations to agencies, organizations, and the general public
  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations for Empty Cup and Fight Pink
  • Publicize the activities of the organizations, its programs and goals
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education
  • Assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization
  • Writes articles for publication on the Organizations web site, maintains web presence

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