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We're Part of Something Amazing

Survivors kept a fellow survivor from being homeless.

Late in July, I got a call from a breast cancer agency in Raleigh North Carolina. They told me about Theresa, a 39 year old breast cancer patient. She'd had chemo 2 days earlier. And the next day, she was on the verge of being homeless. The agency was trying to find $600 to pay her rent. She was a month behind and her landlord wanted to put her out on the street.

Problem was, the Pink Daisy Project was dangerously low on funds. And we had obligations to several women we were currently assisting. But I couldn’t turn my back on Theresa.

So I put out the word on YSC (Young Survival Coalition). I asked for help from whoever could spare it to help out a sister.

In a few hours, we’d collected enough money to keep Theresa in her apartment another month.

Breast cancer very definitely is a bitch. But the world of breast cancer has an upside. It’s the power of the Sisterhood. And it’s a force to be reckoned with!

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Guest Blogger Kim

Our "sister" Kim offered to write a column for the Pink Daisy Blog. Her words struck the right cord. Whether you're a survivor yourself, or your life has been touched by breast cancer, this is sure to move you.

Having cancer is like going to war. Your sisters are your war buddies. The folks at home can worry, try to get us home in one piece, and nurse our wounds when we return, but only your war buddies understand what it’s like on the front lines. War has changed many of us. We’re not the same person we used to be. And some of us are still trying to figure out who the person staring back from our mirrors is and who they will ultimately become. Strange times, indeed, and there’s no map or text book to guide you. So, we look ahead to those who have travelled the road before us. We hold hands with those that travel the road beside us. If you’re in the front, you look back at times and yell to the girl at the end of the line: “How are you doing back there? Are you keeping up? You can do this! Follow me!”


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Our Favorite Volunteer

Melinda Utendorf is a breast cancer survivor herself and has always been a huge support. From purchasing our shirts to making frequent, generous donations, she always has our back. And most recently, she's secured our very first corporate sponsor! (We'll reveal everything after it's a done deal.) She's also been helping out with administrative tasks which have saved me a ton of time. Thanks, Melinda. You so totally rock!

Pepsi recognizes The Pink Daisy Project

Winning the Pepsi Refresh Everything grant back in April was a thrill. But being selected to be in a Pepsi Parade magazine ad was pretty cool, too!

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To Give is Divine

Words of thanks from our grant recipients

From "D" in Pennsylvania
"The maid service you sent to my home was so nice. They worked with me on a time to come out and were extra caring. When my father came out to my home he was a little less stressed because my home was clean! The gift cards helped so much especially the Wal-mart card for groceries. I can't thank you enough. Where I live there isn't much help at all and this was a huge help and a blessing. Even though I knew I was approved for the grant I still cried when I opened up the card because I really needed the help and because I had just gotten home from chemo. I'm sure you already get lots of emails and thank- yous and I'm sure you know how much you helped but I still wanted to email and let you how much I appreciate what you have done for me and my family."

From "J" in Texas
"Thank you so much. I truly appreciate it. I will never be able to thank you enough. I am literally crying here. Thank you and please thank your donors. I can't speak for everyone, but you have helped me and my family so very much and are a true blessing to us."

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Free Hats & Scarves!

I received three large boxes of hats and scarves as a gift from The American Sewing Guild. If you or someone you know is dealing with hair loss from chemotherapy (she doesn't have to be young, or a breast cancer patient), take a look at the hats still available and pick out a few.

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Fate brings "K" a wig

A survivor wrote that she had a $100 wig credit and asked if I knew anyone who wanted it. The very next day (and I swear I'm not exaggerating), I got an email from "K" who was in the midst of chemo, but desperate for a wig so she could feel a little "normal" while she continued to work. Coincidence? Maybe. But I'm still amazed at how it all worked. Thanks to Kim for generously donating her wig credit!

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Upcoming Events

Words of thanks from our grant recipients

October is always a busy month in the breast cancer community. Like last year, we'll partcipate in the Seattle Seahawks' annual pink celebration. Stay tuned for more info. And in November, we'll receive the second half of the Pepsi grant. So we'll be knee-deep in paperwork making sure our sisters in need have groceries and clean homes!

 
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Could you go to work every day with a hangover?

That's what it feels like to many women going through treatment for breast cancer. And for many (me included), we have to work during treatment due to financial reasons, and to keep our insurance. Add children into the mix and you're looking at an extremely difficult couple of months.

The Pink Daisy Project helps ease the burden for young women in very real ways. The economy has impacted us all. But many of our girls are unable to work, or only able to work reduced hours. Dealing with breast cancer is scary, stressful and just plain miserable. The Pink Daisy Project helps young women hope, cope and heal.

Funds Are Low

The good news about winning the Pepsi grant is we got a ton of press and national exposure. The bad news is we have more requests for help than we can fulfill. Please consider a donation of any amount! Our girls can't wait for a cure. They need help today.

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