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National Breast Cancer Foundation: Helping Women Now

National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is Helping Women Now®, and it is a true honor to partner with Convoy of Hope to achieve that mission. Just as Convoy started from a foundation of gratitude among the Donaldson family, NBCF was founded because our CEO, Janelle Hail, was thankful for the role early detection played in her breast cancer survival and wanted other women to have access to the same resources. Today, we serve women in all 50 states.

Through Convoy of Hope events, we equip guests with our best tool — an Early Detection Plan — to be proactive about their own breast health. We know moms are so busy taking care of their kids that they don’t always take care of themselves. Never is this truer than among single moms — who represent a large share of Convoy’s guests. We try to create a safe space where a guest can put herself first, even if only for a few moments. At each event, we meet women who tell us they didn’t know where to turn for this support, which reminds us we are making a difference.

None of the things “we” achieve at these events would be possible without the generous volunteers, especially the Team Leaders, who give so tirelessly — even in cold/hot/rainy weather — to be our “boots on the ground” delivery partners. One of those volunteers, Ingrid Nash, even took her passion for promoting early detection all the way to Africa!

We are so grateful for our partnership with Convoy of Hope. It began in 2012 with eight events, serving 5,158 women, and together in 2015, we’re reaching 13,500 women at fourteen events. Giving hope is as much a blessing for those who give as it is for those who receive. Thank you for joining us in #HelpingWomenNow!

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Thirty-five Walgreens team members attended the event in Denver to administer flu shots. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan) Thirty-five Walgreens team members attended the event in Denver to administer flu shots. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan)

Partner Spotlight: Walgreens Offers Health and Hope in Denver

Among the tents that line La Alma — Lincoln Park in Denver on a cloudy Saturday morning, one area stands out in particular. Four red Walgreens tents differentiate themselves from the big white-top tents surrounding them — and the dozens of white coats inside are hard to miss.

Walgreens has partnered with Convoy of Hope at our Community Events dozens of times since 2014, but this is the biggest presence they’ve had to date. Thirty-five Walgreens team members are present and ready to give out hundreds of flu shots to guests of honor.

Walgreens team members administered flu shots to guests of honor at the event.

Walgreens team members administered flu shots to guests of honor at the event. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan)

Local store manager, Shawn Horst, understands the importance of giving back. “Our store is so close,” he says. “We’ve been able to serve all types of people from the community — young families, elderly people and even a few homeless guests.”

Walgreens is well-known for their active involvement in the community, but loyal customers seem pleasantly surprised to see them at the event.

“I always shop at Walgreens,” says Rita Schuster, a guest at the event. “I came by today because I needed a flu shot. It’s great to see that Walgreens cares about the community.”

University students and full-time staff members are available to help guests with intake forms, administer flu shots and send guests on their way with a free tote bag.

“It’s yet another way Walgreens can help out our community,” says District Manager Stephanie Horton. “To be here and see what a difference we can make feels good.”

Hundreds of guests received flu shots at the event in Denver.

Hundreds of guests received flu shots at the event in Denver. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan)

Since 2014, thousands of flu shots have been administered at no cost to the patient. Hope takes teamwork and we are proud to partner with our friends at Walgreens to promote health and offer hope to guests of honor in need.

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Lisa beams as she stands outside the NBCF tent in Chicago. Lisa beams as she stands outside the NBCF tent in Chicago.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Saving Moms and Daughters

Lisa, a 51-year-old breast cancer survivor wearing a brightly colored “Breast Cancer Survivor” t-shirt, beams as she is greeted at the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® tent by representatives and volunteers. Her smile is one of resilience, determination and gratitude — all honed over her battle with cancer.

“It was devastating,” says Lisa of her diagnosis in 2011. “I was in a state of shock.”

Lisa relied on her friends, family and support groups to get her through the difficult times. She started chemotherapy and radiation and in late 2012 received the best news she could receive — she was cancer-free.

When asked how it felt when she heard those words come from her doctor, Lisa took a deep breath then slowly exhaled. Her body seemed to slip into a peaceful stance. “Joy,” she said as her eyes filled with tears.

Later in the day, more tears fell under the NBCF tent — but this time from a volunteer. Stacey, age 46, was decked out in all her breast cancer awareness accessories as a way to honor her late mother, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010.

“I hope she’s proud of me,” Stacey says of her mother, noting that the NBCF tent is important for women because of the early detection education and support services they offer. Throughout the day, Stacey could be heard encouraging other women to be aware and know their bodies so that they can take control of their health — a key talking point passed onto each woman who comes through the tent.

“It means a lot to me that these resources exist,” says Stacey of the education and services offered by NBCF. “Being aware saves mothers and daughters, and if I can help one person with my story — it’s worth it.”

For more information, visit nbcf.org.

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