Lynn Larkin Flanagan, a member of the first group of women accepted to the University of Notre Dame, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University in 1975. She pursued a career in professional sales and sales management until 1986, when she decided to retire and focus her energy on her family and volunteering.
Lynn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996. After undergoing treatment, she decided to use her passion for community service to help educate women in the San Diego community about topics ranging from the importance of detecting breast cancer early to genetic predisposition. She established a monthly support group, which now has over 70 members, that shares news about the latest treatments and lifestyle choices that reduce the risk of recurrence. Lynn also speaks regularly to high school teens in the San Diego area about breast health and serves as an advocate for women meeting with their cancer doctors for the first time.
Lynn’s enthusiasm for community outreach and education has been recognized across the country. In 2002, she earned the annual Community Service Award from the Notre Dame Club of San Diego. In 2006 she received the Breastlink Spirit Award and in 2008 CancerCare in New York City named Lynn the Donor of the Year for organizing an international event on Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
Lynn resides in San Diego with her husband Frank, also a 1975 Notre Dame alumnus. They have three children, Michael, who is also a Notre Dame graduate, Patrick, and Laura.