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Pink Ribbon Girls Newsletter


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Pink Ribbon Girls Newsletter

  1. 2. Pink Ribbon Girls (PRG) are young breast cancer SURVIVORS , who are ENCOURAGED by their shared experiences, to EDUCATE and INSPIRE others to GROW and LIVE beyond breast cancer. This is Our Story… PRG originated in Cincinnati, Ohio in October 2001 when Tracie Metzger and Dawn Harvey realized there was no specific group for young women with breast cancer. A support network was formed in hopes that young women could meet other women facing similar fears, issues and concerns.
  2. 3. PRG Founders Tracie Metzger was 30 years old when she was diagnosed and had two children ages three and eleven months. She found the lump during a self-breast-exam when her daughter stopped nursing. After visits to the OB/GYN and breast surgeon, they told her it was probably a clogged milk duct or a fibroadenoma. She was told to wait a few months to see if it went away. She wasn’t comfortable with that and insisted on surgery. When the lump was removed, it was malignant. Stage I Breast Cancer, September 8th, 2000. Dawn Harvey found the lump on her 34th birthday when her son was two and her daughter was four months old. Just two months earlier at her eight week postpartum visit, the lump was not detected by her doctor. She went to her OB/GYN that day and he told her it was probably a clogged milk duct or a cyst, and to have it rechecked in a month. Her visit to the breast surgeon followed and he told her it was probably a fibroadenoma because it didn’t feel like cancer. When the lump was removed, it was malignant. Stage II Breast Cancer, October 3rd, 2000.
  3. 4. Attitude ・ Life goes on… ・ The disease is serious, but we don’t have to be. ・ Instead of asking, “Why me?” ask, “Why not me?” ・ It is important to promote normalcy through treatment. Community ・ We are not only an educational resource for our members, but for the community. ・ As survivors, we are role models. ・ We collaborate with other groups to act as advocates in the fight against breast cancer. Family Matters ・ This journey involves your family and we want to help them too. Our Beliefs
  4. 5. Structure ・ We are a volunteer organization, guided by the co-founders and a volunteer board. ・ We want to form a strong volunteer base for the future. <ul><li>Financial </li></ul><ul><li>We believe a strong financial foundation is critical to our stability and expansion. Donations are tax deductible! </li></ul><ul><li>・ Pink Ribbon Girls is a non-profit, 501 c(3) corporation. </li></ul><ul><li>・ Ask your tax advisor for specific information regarding your deductions. </li></ul>
  5. 6. We… <ul><li>Survive </li></ul><ul><li>I am a mother…I am a professional…I am a friend…I am an athlete…I am a believer…I am an artist </li></ul>Our Mission Peggy Sullivan Age: 32 // Diagnosed June '99 and Feb '02 Sat., May 28th: Being a survivor, I cherish family time more than ever. Scrap booking with Shannon gives us a creative outlet to preserve life's memories, which seem even more precious after all that we've been through. Times like these and the support of other young survivors in PRG help me realize that life can go on after cancer. And what a wonderful life it is!
  6. 7. We… Encourage Giving Back to the Community Our Mission Our donations have touched the lives of those involved with: ・ Growing Up Female Study ・ Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation - “ Kids for the Cure” Sponsorship ・ The Pink Ribbon/Chris Collinsworth Pro Scan Foundation ・ The UC Barrett Breast Cancer Center ・ Casting for Recovery
  7. 8. We… <ul><li>Encourage </li></ul><ul><li>Giving Back to the Community </li></ul>Our Mission We were fortunate to be the recipients of other’s generosity: ・ 2nd Annual Wiffleball Tournament ・ Ft. Mitchell CC Ladies Night Out ・ Cincinnati Kings “Pink Socks” Weekend ・ Western Tennis & Fitness Club “Pink Tennis Mixer” ・ National Football League   Offficials donate to PRG
  8. 9. We… <ul><li>Encourage </li></ul><ul><li>Giving Back to the Community </li></ul>Our Mission <ul><li>We come together to make a difference: </li></ul><ul><li>・ PRG joined as a teams to support: </li></ul><ul><li>– ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer </li></ul><ul><li>– Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure </li></ul>
  9. 10. We… <ul><li>Educate </li></ul>Our Mission <ul><li>PRG is proud to offer scholarships to attend national conferences such as: </li></ul><ul><li>・ Young Survival Coalition/Living Beyond Breast Cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Conference </li></ul><ul><li>・ Project LEAD </li></ul>
  10. 11. We… <ul><li>Educate </li></ul>Our Mission As part of PRG’s mission, providing education and awareness are key: ・ Hoops for Hope – Xavier University ・ Football 101 - Mason HS ・ UC Community Cancer day ・ ACS – Upfront Against Breast Cancer event ・ Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer event Night of Pampering at Anthony's Salon
  11. 12. We… <ul><li>Educate </li></ul>Our Mission Three important steps to breast health: ・ Practice monthly Breast Self Exams (BSE) after the age of 20. ・ Have a clinical breast exam from your physician every three years for women ages 20-39, and every year beginning at age 40. ・ Have a mammogram annually beginning at age 40 (perhaps earlier based on certain risk factors).
  12. 13. We… <ul><li>Grow </li></ul>Our Mission <ul><li>・ We’re growing! Over 300 women are Pink Ribbon Girls </li></ul><ul><li>・ Staying connected through online message boards and email newsletters need address to online message board </li></ul>
  13. 14. We… <ul><li>Live </li></ul>Our Mission <ul><li>・ Enjoying who we are! </li></ul><ul><li>・ New Year’s Celebration! </li></ul>
  14. 15. We… <ul><li>Inspire </li></ul>Our Mission ・ Speaking out to the community through our Speaker’s Bureau ・ Members have formed groups out of shared interests: – Prayer Support Group
  15. 16. <ul><li>PRG in the News </li></ul>Places We’ve Spread the Word <ul><ul><ul><li>Cincinnati Enquirer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cincinnati Post </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Press </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cincinnati Express </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In Touch Magazine </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>City Beat </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 17. You are making a difference in the lives of these young survivors! Thank You!