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Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Convoy of Hope

Have you ever wondered what happens inside the National Breast Cancer Foundation tent at a Convoy of Hope event? It’s a fair question since what we give out is harder to quantify than the groceries, shoes or haircuts that some of the other partnering organizations provide. What are we giving out you ask? With the help of our volunteers, we are providing vital breast health educational resources, but ultimately we are providing empowerment. We want every woman who comes through our tent to leave knowing how to be more proactive about her breast health.

One of the gifts we distribute in the tent is a booklet that helps recipients learn how to become more aware of their own breast health. It also includes questions women should ask of themselves and their doctors in order to take a more active role in assessing their personal risk factors. We don’t just pass this booklet out and send guests away, however. Trained volunteers review it with each guest, emphasizing its importance, and connecting them with local resources if they need access to screenings.

The information in this booklet is so valuable that we believe everyone should have access to it. That’s why this October, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCF is offering our new eBook, What Every Woman Needs to Know, as a free download to anyone who requests it. This book is filled with much of the same great information we provide to Convoy guests in a printed format. Request your free copy today!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who make our Convoy tent experience such a warm, welcoming and enriching experience for the guests we serve. Thank you for joining in our mission of Helping Women Now®! We couldn’t do it without you!

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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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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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