- Written by Debbie Stroman
Contact: Jennifer Hillman, Media Relations
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Breast Cancer Fundraiser
Saturday, September 19th
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
JOIN US FOR A FUN EVENING
WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
All art in the ROUND. A CHANCE TO GET OUT OF THE BOX!
Breast Cancer Angels is very excited to partner up with Woodcrest Helping Hands to raise funds for our Inland Empire region.
Come and play and have some fun!! We look forward to seeing you on the course!
Thanks to Michelle and her team and The Britisher English Pub, We had a great time and raised $2,000. We have been assisting women in Lancaster thanks to these great people.
During the past year, we have assisted over 80 women who live in San Diego County. These are a few of their stories:
Nadia was only 32 when she was finally diagnosed. She had been trying to get a mammogram for months because she had felt a lump. Her doctors kept telling her it was a blocked milk duct. She is now 35, stage 4, with a 4 year old and a 6 year old. She will never be out of treatment. We assist with food, gas and Wal-Mart cards. Her husband works two low wage jobs but misses work when she needs help.
Mandi was diagnosed at 28, She has a 5 year old child and should be done with treatment next month. We assist with food, gas and Wal-Mart cards. Her prognosis is good. Her husband works and goes to school, but they depended on her income also.
Kelly was diagnosed at 29. She is now 32. She has a 9 year old daughter and is stage 4 with brain mets. Her life was completely changed by her diagnosis. Her husband left and does not pay child support. She has moved in with family members and we assist with food, gas and Target cards. Her prognosis is poor.
These women were all young when they were diagnosed. They all have children and two will never work again.
Our San Diego fund is becoming critically low. We have some amazing events coming up in San Diego this month, and of course you can always become a monthly Angel donor! We thank you for reading this!
Please pray for comfort and healing for these women and their families.
We lost three wonderful moms we were assisting, Angels.
Sandra was 34, a mom of 4 young children, misdiagnosed in 2013, diagnosed in January of 2014 and passed away in July. Six months is all the time she had to continue loving her husband and children.
Laura was 37, a mom of 5 children under 18, originally diagnosed in 2005 at age 28. She also passed away in July. We had been assisting her and her family since she was re-diagnosed in 2007. Her husband and children are devastated.
Brandi was 41, mom to 2 teen boys, diagnosed in 2010, passed away in August. She worked part-time until the end. Her family is also suffering.
All of these women were different and amazing. All wonderful moms who fought hard to stay alive for their children. The youngest woman we are now assisting is 28 the oldest is 86. These are the women who need our help to continue their battle.
Breast Cancer Angels wants to send a BIG thank you to our new friend, Marison Beniek, who pulled together a REALLY fun and REALLY successful event in San Diego! Ms. Beniek helped us to raise close to $3,500 through Burgers for Boobies, a community event hosted by Endurance House! We were so moved my Ms. Beniek's personal commitment and her amazing community of friends and family. What a special crew! On be half of all the clients we are supporting in the San Diego area, thank you for lending us your wings!
We'd like to give a BIG THANK YOU to the organizers and attendee's of the Lakewood Women’s Golf Club’s 10th annual golf tournament for breast cancer on August 7th. When this event began, it was on a very small scale. But OH BOY has grown! This year, as a result of the entry fee, a wonderful raffle, and individual donations from members, their families, and friends, the club raised $5,400!!!
An extra thanks to Sunny Moss, Veronica Alford, Fran Ozeki and Virginia Masters for heading up this year’s event! Your team, and the 70 participants of this event are truly Angels!
Just wanted to thank you for making a difference in this family's life! Please read this wonderful "thank you" BCA received :)
"Dear Breast Cancer Angels,
You will never know how much a blessing you have been to me and my 2 young children. To be honest, you took us off the street. You gave us a home after 2 years. Dealing with breast cancer for the past 12 months. Crazy time. Thank you from the all my heart."
Hello Angels! We would like to introduce you to someone!
As you may know, BCA had a flurry of projects this Summer. We pulled off not one but THREE major events, and a number of other community projects! It was a lot of work, and we could not have gotten everything done without the help we received from of Ms. Taylor Cantwell, BCA’s first Summer Marketing Intern!
Ms. Cantwell proved to be invaluable to us during this very busy time by helping BCA land media placements, writing amazing copy, creating cool posters, and so much more!
Thank you for all your work, Taylor! We could not be more satisfied with our first internship experience!
You earned your wings this summer!
We wanted to take a moment and share with you what a typical request looks like here at BCA. Other than removing any specific personal information, this correspondence has been left as-is.
Currently, BCA is assisting over 120 clients per-month just like this. Our clients are brave, and your assistance has and will continue to mean the world to them. Thank you!
I can't thank you enough for this beautiful organization you've started. It has truly blessed me more than you know. I've been unemployed throughout my entire breast cancer treatment and your program has helped our family tremendously. I'm still suffering from severe neuropathy and bone pain. My last chemo was 4 months ago and it just seems to be getting worse. My oncologist has put me on some pain medicine so I'm hoping and praying for some relief.
Please let me know if you are able to extend my assistance as I'm not ready to return to work yet. I don't receive any disability or any other form of income. It gets a little tight with only my husband providing.
Thank you Faye! I look forward to meeting you one day.
Usually BCA sends letters filled with gift cards and a checks to our clients, but last week we got one from a client! Please read the transcription of the letter below. What a great little miracle is it. This is a great example of how grateful our clients are for your support, Angels, and how wonderful our clients truly are!
"Thank you and Breast Cancer Angels for all the assistance that's been given to me. I couldn't have made it through without it. Last week I received a check for rent and some gift cards. As you can see, I am returning them. My SSA same through a day before I revived this letter. To avoid bad karma I am returning these items. Again, I am grateful and thankful for all the assistance."
Breast Cancer Angels is excited to present our latest Breast Cancer Angels Event, Breast Cancer Angels White Rose Luncheon – Long Beach!
If you are looking to kick this Summer off right, come out on June 1st! It will be a day filled with good food, a "Summer Fun" opportunity drawing, and a whole set of new vendors! If you love our annual Christmas Luncheon, then you will love this event, which will be held in honor of two of our most faithful supporters, Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Ann Steinmetz!
For the last 10 years, Jim and Ann have tremendously assisted Breast Cancer Angels in a magical way. Appearing as Santa and Mrs. Claus at numerous holiday gatherings all around Southern California, they bring cheer to all who meet them, and direct help to our clients in need by donating all that they make from their appearances to BCA!
Besides raising support for Breast Cancer Angels, Jim and Ann also appear at The Children’s Ward at The City of Hope, Thanksgiving Day Breakfast for Orangewood Children’s Home, and the Kirkwood Assisted Living Home.
Oh...and they also appear at the Breast Cancer Angels Annual Client Party at Boomers!
“Why a white rose?” you may be thinking. Firstly, a white rose is traditionally the rose that we give in remembrance of those we have lost. But there is a deeper meaning to the white rose for Breast Cancer Angels...
We also want to take a moment on this day to celebrate and commemorate the women who have helped shape our lives. For those of us who have an ailing mother, or who have unfortunately lost the woman we called “Mom”, Mother’s Day can leave us with mixed feelings of gratitude, uncertainty, even grief. What do we do with feelings like this on a day filled with flowers, cards, and brunches?
Kathleen Cutt was a mother of three, a talented writer, an avid gardener, and in 2004 she was in the final phases of her 5-year fight with stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer. The mother of three was also separated from her husband, and was quickly running out of money for food. A family friend recommended that she reach out to a young community organization, called Breast Cancer Angels. She did, and in the last months of her life, Breast Cancer Angels helped Kathleen meet her household needs, until her death on December 15th, 2004.
Soon after her death, the family home was sold, and ultimately her children ended up living together, helping each other graduate high school, and navigate college.
Nine years after her death, Caitlin Cutt, Kathleen’s daughter, stepped onto a stage at the Waterfront Hilton in Huntington Beach, California, and introduced herself to 465 women at the Annual Breast Cancer Angels Christmas Luncheon and Boutique as the organization’s new Director of Marketing. At podium, Caitlin shared her family’s ties to BCA, and how BCA’s act of kindness impacted her mother and her brothers, and she excitedly shared the plans she has to help carry on the great work Breast Cancer Angels does.
When the event ended, a woman approached Caitlin. The woman gave Caitlin a tearful hug, and revealed that she and her husband were the new owners of Caitlin’s former family home. The realtor had shared Kathleen’s story with the couple. The and her husband were moved by the story, and in memory of Kathleen, they had maintained the white roses Kathleen had tended in the front yard for so many years. Coincidentally, the couple had been donors to Breast Cancer Angels, never knowing this connection.
Join us as we reflect on all of the “white roses” that symbolize the elements our mothers tended in our lives that will always endure, and help support a unique resource for women and their families, who are struggling to afford life’s necessities every month, as they undergo breast cancer treatment in our surrounding area.
Please buy your tickets here! We look forward to seeing you!
Breast Cancer Angels helps to address the ancillary needs of those who are currently in treatment for breast cancer. We help to provide people with food, supplies, gas, other day-to-day items, pro-bono legal services, and much more.