2017 Pittsburgher of the Year Reception

On Jan. 15, 2018 at Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh Magazine hosted a reception to honor Kelly Frey, our 2017 Pittsburgher of the Year.

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It started with an itch.

On Jan. 21, 2017, a Saturday night, right before she was turning in for bed, Kelly Frey reached up to scratch under her bra strap and felt a lump on her right breast, one that was not there a few weeks prior, and one that certainly was not there when she had a mammogram in August.

“I went, ‘I have a lump,’ and I started to feel. It was that easy,” she says. “I had never done breast self-exams before. I had never done anything like that before. Now I understand the importance of them.”

For a few minutes after feeling the lump, Frey hesitated. Should she tell her husband, Jason Luhn, about it, or would she be needlessly worrying him?

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