How Two Organizations Came Together to Help Breast Cancer Patients In Need
Receiving a cancer diagnosis turns your wold upside down. Visits to the doctor, surgeries, recovery, and not to mention, medical bills, add stress and strain to everyone's lives. To help alleviate some of the financial stress, Pink Warrior Advocates and AnaOno have been working together for years to provide donated AnaOno bras to breast cancer patients in need.
The sponsored bra program fueled by PWA is designed to help those in need. We know that times are tough, and that getting a comfortable bra is not always a priority, especially when funds are limited. AnaOno and PWA believe that having a comfortable bra can empower you and help you to heal emotionally as well as physically. Read on to learn more about this incredible organization.
Who is Pink Warrior Advocates?
Pink Warrior Advocates is a non-profit organization that provides support to Breast Cancer patients and survivors year-round through different programs and events. Their mission is focused on providing various forms of support to those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. PWA believes in creating unity as well as a sisterhood to empower our Warriors through their journeys.
Founder of PWA, Jen Reynolds', journey began when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 33. After four months of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, she was then facing a new battle with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. For Jen, giving back began with her blog and her passion to tell her story in its raw and honest form. She realized the need for more support, and she would spend her free time sitting with newly diagnosed women during their chemotherapy treatments.
During the summer of 2015, Pink Warrior Advocates was formed with a fellow breast cancer survivor she met during her battle. Just short of celebrating her 5 years of being cancer free, at 38, Jen was re-diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer with progression to her spine, liver, and lymph nodes, and though she faces treatment for the second time, it has not stopped her. Jen is extremely proud of the passion and support that her team has shown in helping grow the organization.
Originally from Ohio, Jen moved to Florida at age 21, but has since planted her roots in New Braunfels, TX. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, wake-surfing and making memories with her husband, two step-children, and her two rescued dachshunds. She loves to travel, dance, attend concerts, karaoke, and experience everything life has to offer.
Jen says her metastatic diagnosis has given her the opportunity to connect on a deeper level with all stages of cancer and all those that have battled with this disease. She feels beyond blessed to be surrounded by so much love and support through her community in New Braunfels, Texas. Her hope is that people will see her new journey as one of strength, faith, and hope, and most importantly, she hopes to inspire anyone facing challenges in life to find simple joys in each and every day.
How is Pink Warrior Advocates helping patients in need?
There are so many stories that Jen shared about her time with PWA. Her most notable memory is of a time when the PWA team was able to gift a woman with Stage IV breast cancer a trip to Hawaii. This woman's life long wish was to see the sunset and sunrise on the beach in Hawaii with her daughter. PWA planned and paid for the trip beginning to end. All she had to do was get on a plane.
"The entire process was such a joy to experience," Jen notes.
"Surprising her, watching her and her daughter make her dream come true together, and hearing how it impacted her life going forward - was truly something so special. Something we could do not without our supporters," says Jen.
Another PWA supporter, Michelle Mathis Lyons, says, "Thank you from the bottom of my heart Jen for your generosity of spirit, love and assistance. PWA has moved mountains at the lowest time in my life. I celebrate you, PWA and everyone associated for the enormous impact on my life."
Watch the replay of the entire interview with Dana and Jen here.
Here is how you can support Pink Warrior Advocates
Any donation, from rounding up the change of your purchase, to $1, $5 or more when shopping at AnaOno.
If you or someone you know is in financial need, apply for a donated bra today.