Cancer doesn't discriminate. Neither do we.
A letter from our founder.
Back in 2013, I was sitting in a corporate office roughly five years after going through cancer treatment and I wanted to help women battling cancer feel strong and beautiful. My first "Pretty Package" went out the door, and thus, Fighting Pretty began.
Since then, we have sent Pretty Packages full of love and strength, and helped to empower over 9,500 women globally.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, like many other organizations, we were hit with a stay-at-home order and I looked at Nancy and Corinne and knew there was no way we were going to continue working the way we normally would. So, we came together and decided as a team we needed to find a way to continue sharing strength - from home.
After many Zoom calls in our PJ's, we embraced this new time and had some hard conversations to figure out how to dive into our mission. We all came together with one common thought - this health crisis created even more of a need for strength among our cancer community. After chatting with followers on our social channels and hearing their anxiety, we had to continue doing something. Cancer doesn't care about COVID. So we adapted and responded.
We decided Nancy would continue to be our Director of Operations and send only our mini boxing gloves from her home. So we created a #SendingStrength program to reinforce a new focus on women in the midst of cancer treatment: women who are forced to attend exams, surgeries and infusion appointments alone through COVID-19.
Corinne, our Director of Events and Outreach immediately started reaching out to hospitals and treatment facilities around the country to send strength and encouragement to these women by donating our mini boxing gloves and notes of inspiration. Already, we have sent hundreds of our mini pink boxing gloves - full of love and strength - to seven hospitals in New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, Oregon and Washington. Hundreds more will be sent out through the rest of 2020.
Plus, we encouraged women to join our Fighting Pretty Through Cancer Facebook Group and started hosting virtual events to keep our community engaged and making sure they are feeling heard and supported!
Our nation’s recent tragedies, including the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor among so many others, have sparked reflection, conversation and a call to action among all humankind. We believe wholeheartedly: Black Lives Matter.
At Fighting Pretty, we support our Black community. The Black Lives Matter Movement has put a spotlight on a myriad of issues that have been overlooked for many, many years. This has made us reflect on our own organization and know that we can do better. We strive to provide relevant resources and lift our voice to support the women battling cancer who have not been granted the same opportunities as those of other communities.
After listening, researching, reading and watching, I found some very disturbing and scary statistics
Unfortunately, Fighting Pretty doesn’t have the resources to help medically treat cancer. However, we have relationships with community partners who can help and are offering resources below.
Latinas Contra CancerAn organization providing resources and services to underserved Latino population around issues of cancer
Sister's NetworkA national survivorship organization providing financial resources and support to African American women battling breast cancer.
American Indian Cancer FoundationProvides cancer education and resources to eliminate the cancer burdens of Native people through improved access to prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivor support.
Nueva VidaInforms, supports and empowers Latina families in the Washington, DC, Richmond, VA, and Baltimore, MD, metropolitan areas whose lives are affected by cancer. Services include patient navigation, individual therapy, support groups, and peer-counseling.
Know your GirlsAn online resource to close the health disparity by helping black women take charge of their breast health by knowing their risk, knowing their bodies, getting screened and talking with their doctors.
FORCEA resource to improve lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers
From the bottom of my heart, I promise to do better.
Cancer doesn't discriminate and neither do we.
Founder and Breast Cancer Survivor
Direct email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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