Celebrity Reflection godmothers are employees who have dealt with breast cancer

By Jerry Limone
The godmothers of the Celebrity Reflection will be four employees of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) whose lives have been affected by breast cancer, either through their own illness or that of family members.

RCCL is the parent company of Celebrity Cruises.

The godmothers are Jovanka Goronjic, Megan Mathie, Helen O’Connell and Rosey Rodriguez.

Goronjic, the AquaSpa manager on the Celebrity Constellation, donated her hair for the creation of wigs for cancer patients in tribute to her mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and endured several rounds of treatment. Her mother is now a breast cancer survivor.

Mathie is a glassblowing artist in the Hot Glass Show aboard the Celebrity Solstice. Earlier this year, her sister and her mother were both diagnosed with breast cancer. Mathie and her team now host a “Hot Pink Glass Show” on every cruise. At each cruise’s end, she auctions a one-of-a-kind pink glass creation to raise funds for Celebrity’s charitable partner, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

O’Connell manages community relations for RCCL and leads the corporation’s annual GIVE (Get Involved, Volunteer Everywhere) Day. Before being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, she traveled to New York every weekend for three months to help care for her father, who was battling bone cancer.

Rodriguez, a manager of the Special Events team, was diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer in June but has continued to work while undergoing treatment. Celebrity said she takes her laptop to treatments to enable her to work remotely.

The Celebrity Reflection, the fifth ship in Celebrity’s Solstice class, enters service on Oct. 12 with a nine-day sailing from Amsterdam to Barcelona.
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