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Ten women, all of whom have a connection to breast cancer, will be performing at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet this weekend.

We caught up with Mary Jane Bohlen as she rehearsed for her part in the production "Out of the Mouths of Babes." One of her readings is called "Body Parts."

"I went to sleep in my body and woke up with someone else's thighs. The new ones had the texture of cooked oatmeal," Bohlen said, reciting her lines.

This particular reading may be hysterical, but many of the other readings in this production are of a serious nature.

"Most of the stories are about breast cancer but they're also just women's stories," said Nancy Rafi, the producer and director. "But the common thread that runs through it is that women need a good listening tool."

Bohlen is a two-time breast cancer survivor. In addition to the humorous reading, she'll be reciting a more serious piece.

"And it's about living with cancer and two friends and the D-word is how it's put, talking about death. So, that's a lot more sobering," Bohlen said.

Bohlen is one performer. Shana Leffingwell is another.

"I basically wrote this piece wanting to get across how the family struggles with the aftermath of losing a mother to breast cancer," Leffingwell said.

Leffingwell lost her mother, Laurie Cordeiro, to breast cancer in November. During her three-year battle with breast cancer, Cordeiro was a bright presence with the Gloria Gemma Foundation and an inspiration to others with the disease.

"She never showed that she was in pain. She never once complained," Leffingwell said.

To honor her mother, Leffingwell's reading will focus on her mother.

"She showed me how to live. She showed me how to love, and she showed me how to be a good mom," Leffingwell said.

This production, which is a fundraiser, is a collaboration between the Gloria Gemma Foundation and the Rhode Island Crisis Assistance Center. It will take place at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Ten women, all of whom have a connection to breast cancer, will be performing at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet this weekend.

We caught up with Mary Jane Bohlen as she rehearsed for her part in the production "Out of the Mouth of Babes." One of her readings is called "Body Parts."

"I went to sleep in my body and woke up with someone else's thighs. The new ones had the texture of cooked oatmeal," Bohlen said, reciting her lines.

This particular reading may be hysterical, but many of the other readings in this production are of a serious nature.

"Most of the stories are about breast cancer but they're also just women's stories," said Nancy Rafi, the producer and director. "But the common thread that runs through it is that women need a good listening tool."

Bohlen is a two-time breast cancer survivor. In addition to the humorous reading, she'll be reciting a more serious piece.

"And it's about living with cancer and two friends and the D-word is how it's put, talking about death. So, that's a lot more sobering," Bohlen said.

Bohlen is one performer. Shana Leffingwell is another.

"I basically wrote this piece wanting to get across how the family struggles with the aftermath of losing a mother to breast cancer," Leffingwell said.

Leffingwell lost her mother, Laurie Cordeiro, to breast cancer in November. During her three-year battle with breast cancer, Cordeiro was a bright presence with the Gloria Gemma Foundation and an inspiration to others with the disease.

"She never showed that she was in pain. She never once complained," Leffingwell said.

To honor her mother, Leffingwell's reading will focus on her mother.

"She showed me how to live. She showed me how to love, and she showed me how to be a good mom," Leffingwell said.

This production, which is a fundraiser, is a collaboration between the Gloria Gemma Foundation and the Rhode Island Crisis Assistance Center. It will take place at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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