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About Bosom Buddies

Bosom Buddies Friends for Life
has grown from a small, intimate group of close friends into an organization of hundreds, united in our efforts to help victims and families affected by breast cancer.  Formed in 1995, Bosom Buddies has raised and contributed more than $1,150,000, by organizing walks, trivia nights, golf tournaments, dances and numerous other events that bring people together in celebration and common cause. 

Bosom Buddies' are proud of our past accomplishments but are not planning any future events. Thank you to our amazing group who supported, donated and participated in our events over the last 23 years.

We have much to celebrate. We will always reflect fondly on countless memories shared with our Bosom Buddies, Friends for Life!


2014 Caplin-Schuh Visionary Award Recipients

This award honors individuals and groups who have pioneered innovation, fostered the spirit of hope, and empowered positive change in the lives of patients with breast cancer.

Gateway to Hope is honored to award Bosom Buddies, Friends For Life, and Missouri Professionals Mutual (MPM) with the Caplin-Schuh Visionary Award for making a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families.


In 1995, Lyn Castellano founded Bosom Buddies, Friends for Life with a dozen friends and family members, to honor her neighbor and close friend who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Her friend soon lost her life to the disease, but she inspired the Bosom Buddies to keep going in their efforts to raise money for breast cancer research, treatment and support. With Lyn's leadership, the organization has grown to include hundreds of friends and supporters, who put on family-friendly fundraising events that generate money for the cause, celebrate survivors, and provide support for those battling the disease.

Bosom Buddies, Friends for Life began its relationship with Gateway to Hope in 2012, and is proud to bring hope to patients through the dedication of proceeds from its Band Together concert, annual pep rally and walk, Party with a Purpose dinner and dance, golf tournament, and family trivia night. The amazing organizing committee, volunteers, participants, and other benefactors who stand behind Bosom Buddies work tirelessly to improve the lives of those suffering with the disease, as well as their friends and loved ones.

In 2014, its 20th year, Bosom Buddies, Friends for Life exceeded a cumulative $1 million in funds generated for its various breast cancer beneficiary organizations.

Pink Tie Guy - Inaugural Class of 2009-2010
Joseph P. Castellano,
Business and Personal Development Advisor

Joe Castellano was chosen as a member of the inagural Pink Tie Guy class of 2009-2010.

He is married to Lyn Castellano, who founded Bosom Buddies, Friends for Life, that has raised over $1,150,000 for the fight against breast cancer since its 1995 inception. They have two children, Alison and Adam.

Pink Tie Guy

About The Pink Tie Guys:
The Pink Tie Guys are eight men, chosen to represent the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes and Pink Tie Guys is comprised of men dedicated to bringing awareness of the deadly disease to the forefront. 

The men receive a Komen-inspired necktie to wear throughout the year, on specific days and to Komen St. Louis events.  These men support and draw attention to the importance of doing everything we can to find the cure for breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Outstanding Volunteer Award

Susan G. Komen For the Cure

In February of 2007, Komen for the Cure honored Bosom Buddies, Friends for Life as the group to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2006. The award is given annually by the national Susan G. Komen office to one local organization chosen among those nominated by all Komen affiliate offices. Lyn Castellano was flown to the 2007 Komen Affiliate Conference in Dallas, Texas as a Bosom Buddies representative.  After accepting the award on behalf of the team, Lyn gave a speech recognizing the importance of each member of Bosom Buddies.  This prestigious recognition is a tribute to the great team that has been built over the years.

Lyn Castalano