Our Founder

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Constance (Connie) Bramer, Founder and President of Get Your Rack Back Inc., is a published author, speaker and cancer survivor.
 

In 2008, upon her diagnosis with breast cancer and throughout her treatment, Connie was amazed and touched by the kindness of others. People she had never met sent her cards with inspiring words. Fruit baskets and meals were sent to her home. Her friends came to the rescue; picking her kids up from school and even assisting them with their homework when Connie was too ill to get out of bed.

To help Connie cope with her illness and maintain some semblance of sanity, she blogged about her daily cancer adventures. Maintaining her sense of humor was vital to her recovery and she shares these stories of laughter and triumph in her memoir, “How Connie Got Her Rack Back."

After her memoir was published in 2012, Connie held a launch party celebration to thank all of her friends and family for their generosity and support – and the first Get Your Rack Back event was born. She decided to turn it into a fundraiser asking friends with businesses for items to auction at the event. That year, they raised $4,600 to give to the American Cancer Society. In the two years that followed, Connie’s annual Get Your Rack Back Event raised $22,000 to give to various charities in the community.

Wanting to make more of a direct impact on her local community, Connie established Get Your Rack Back Inc. in March 2015 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization and since then, GYRB has raised over $150,000 to assist local cancer patients. Her mission as President of GYRB is to provide that same level of love and comfort she felt as a cancer patient to families affected by cancer in her community.

 

Hire Connie to Speak at Your Event

Connie speaks at various events, sharing her comical stories, life lessons and thoughts on “don’t sweat the small stuff.” If you would like to hire Connie to speak to your group, please email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Watch a video of Connie speaking as part of the Library Book Review Series hosted by Joe Nash and produced by the William K. Sanford Town Library:
 

Testimonials

  • How can I possibly thank you for such an incredibly generous and thoughtful gift?! I so appreciate you thinking of me and for your encouraging words as well (including your book which I loved that was given to me by a friend). You definitely can relate which makes all of this even more special. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. The gift cards are absolutely helpful and just nice.

    -Toni, Fort Edward, NY
  • I received a phone call today from a woman who two days ago felt helpless. She was having trouble making ends meet and had limited money for gas. She travels far for her cancer care. There are very limited facilities where she lives. Yesterday she received an envelope from GYRB. It was filled with gift cards for food, gas, etc. She cried happy tears to me...

    -Diane, Nurse Navigator, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your gift of gift cards this Christmas. These gifts have come as a tremendous assistance to my little family through these very difficult times. I am doing my best to support my son, who is 5 years old and my daughter who is 4 years old...

    -Kari, Chadwicks, NY
  • ...Thank you so much GYRB! The money raised stays local to help our families and neighbors!

    -Jennifer, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Just wanted to let you know how much your help has assisted me in my recovery. The financial and emotional support has been so much more than you will ever know. These are such special people who work and volunteer to help people – those of us dealing with cancer diagnosis and recovery – who will never truly understand how much they contribute to our recovery and peace of mind...

    -Lisa, Ballston Spa, NY
  • Your generous, kind and unexpected gift left me speechless with emotion and deep gratitude. I apologize for not reaching out sooner, but I have recently been going through a difficult time. Thank you for helping to soften the pain. Thank you for doing what you do with courage and grace.

    -Nancy, Saratoga Spring, NY
  • I am the oncology MSW at Saratoga Hospital and I was able to deliver a generous check to my patient to help her cover her medical expenses for her cancer treatments. She was so overwhelmed with gratitude and asked me “why would they help me?” I told her because Connie has been there and she knows what you are going through...

    -Jennifer, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • ...With the travel from Chadwicks to Saratoga, and the price of gas and groceries, my children and I have found that your gifts of love were of greater value than you will ever understand...

    -Kari, Chadwicks, NY
  • ...Get Your Rack Back is an amazing foundation. I am so grateful for your care and concern for my family during our struggle. Thank you so much for everything you have done for us and for my fellow sisters’ families!

    -Kari, Chadwicks, NY
  • ...She asked, “how could a stranger want to help me?” I answered, “well that’s what Connie and GYRB are all about!” Connie, God Bless you for being you and God Bless Get Your Rack Back!

    -Diane, Nurse Navigator, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • My family received a beautiful note and several gift cards from you. Thank you so very much for reaching out to us and for blessing us with your generosity. I could barely read your card to my daughter, I was so touched. Thank you Connie, your words and gifts were so appreciated.

    -Christine, Clifton Park, NY
  • ...Reducing the monetary stress is such a relief and makes it easier to focus on just getting through your treatment and getting better. Thank you and please express my appreciation to all the groups that provide so much support and lessen the pain of cancer.

    -Lisa, Ballston Spa, NY

 

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