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June 20, 2011

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June 20, 2011

Steel Magnolias was a huge amount of support after breast cancer surgery and chemotherapy. They are such strong women, I could not help wanting to be just like them. They are always thinking of ways to make things better for others dispite their own hardships. So many backgrounds make a very diverse group that can connect with anyone no matter what the circumstances.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Improving my self image and outlook on life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Don't know of anything.

June 18, 2011

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June 26, 2010

In 1999, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Thanks to God, I was diagnosed before my cancer spread. However, because of the seriousness of my cancer cell and because I didn't get a ... more

June 18, 2011

My name is Lenora Johnson, I have been a breast cancer survivor since 1999. In 2001, I founded Steel Magnolias. Our group has grown into an army of men (Men of Steel) and women who work shoulder to shoulder to offer comfort and hope to cancer patients, especially breast cancer. We work in Alabama, primarily in calhoun and surropunding counties, however through our website, our newsletter, through legislation we pushed through the 2009 Alabama general session and care packages we mail, our influence is felt in many places. Our desire is to offer patients caught like deer in the headlights, not knowing where to turn and facing unsure futures, courage and comfort for the challenges in their lives. Our supporters make our work possible. Thank you! Lenora

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with wounded people and seeing them then leave their cancer imposed cocoons has made me a more humble and determined person.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get more funding

June 26, 2010

In 1999, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Thanks to God, I was diagnosed before my cancer spread. However, because of the seriousness of my cancer cell and because I didn't get a clear margin, I had bilateral mastectomy and TRAM reconstruction. I have never regretted my decision. It took me two years to reclaim my life and in that time I felt certain that there should be something or some group, locally to help women going through what I had just come out of. After several personal encounters with people who encouraged me to become an advocate, and finally having Chaplain Jim Wilson's phone number laid in my hand, I called the RMC Chaplain and said, "I think I should become minvolved in a breast cancer support group." I was told, "It will be more than becoming involved, you'll have to establish one, there is not one here in Anniston." The first meeting was in August, 2001. Since then we have grown into a recognized 501 c 3 nonprofit organization with a website , and are now a service, support and educational organization. We are a group of survivors, volunteers, no one, including me, receives a salary. All contributions go either to our many ministries inside Anniston's Regional Medical Center or to minister to patients wherever they live, with care packages and the monthly steel Magnolias Newsletter. In 2009, we were successful in pushing legislation through the Alabama general session, by unanimous vote in both the House and Senate that closed the loophole in Alabama's breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act. Our needs are increasedfunding so that we can continue to expand services and new computer and office equipment so that we can do more draft work in our RMC office. Before we adopt any new program, we test it by the Prayer of Jabez- First Chronicles 4:10 "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing a newly diagnosed woman, trapped in a breast cancer imposed cocoon, as I once was, or to be told by a cancer patient, that Steel Magnolias work sustains them is most rewarding.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Since any changes have been so carefully made, I would make no changes except to be able to reach more people whose live have been devestated by cancer.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have enjoyed time spent, whether working or celebrating with my Steel Magnolias sisters and Men of Steel

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Every person nin the organization, whether it is an officer, director or founder is a volunteer, therefore it is rewarding that everyone has a passion for helping others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

There is no shortage of people being diagnosed with cancer. Each of these patients come with some need such as transportation, funding for medication, etc.

Ways to make it better...

Could not have been made better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding, modern equipment.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is amazing what can be accomplished with a few dollars when an organization has passionate members, willing to work on behalf of others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001

July 16, 2010

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July 16, 2010

Steel Magnolias is a wonderful organization!!! Upon a relative notifying them I was diagnosed with cancer, I received a sweet care package and letter of support. These awesome ladies have also sent care packages to others I've learned of who were diagnosed. Lenora, the organization's founder, has continued to check on me and be a source of support. Also, they offer a benevolence closet to those in need. I think this is truly a fabulous group!!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own personal battle with cancer

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 7, 2010

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July 7, 2010

I ask every year for Steel Magnolia's to come & speak with all the female students at WHS. Gladys has done an excellent job each year. The students really enjoy her presentations. She keeps them interested in her speech. Again thank you so much for all you do for the students. Bonnie Harris LPN

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Steel Magnolias are doing a great job educating on youth.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 1, 2010

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July 1, 2010

My association with Steel Magnolias Breast Cancer support group, Inc. began in 2005 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My husband met a lady that was a member of Steel Magnolias. When she learned of my diagnosis, she asked my husband if Lenora knew about it. my husband asked Lenora who? In two days I received a packet from Lenora Johnson, Founder and Director of Stel Magnolias. Inside that packet were items that I needed following my mastectomy. I also received cards, phone clls and I knew they were praying for me, someone they did's know. Isn't that amazing? After my recovery and retirement from the Postal Service, I became a member of Steel Magnolias and have been with them ever since. It has been a privilege and joy to be a part of a group of women that have walked the same path as myself and care about reaching out to other women that are on this same journey. Steel Magnolias has been such an inspiration to me and I am so thankful for this fabulous organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their work to close the loophole in the 2001 Breast and Cervical Treatment Act. The change in the lives of women helped by this organization, positive results of the School Girl Program that teaches girls 7th through 12th grades how to perform BSE.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 1, 2010

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July 1, 2010

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer about 7 years ago. While we continually believed that God would heal her, He sent a group of people her way that helped her heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Actually they helped our whole family. That group was Steel Magnolias. I have seen God use my mother in ways that I never would have imagined with this group. I love Steel Magnolias and each person involved with the group. This group is a blessing to everyone it touches.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my parents involvement.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

This organization has heart and muscle. They care about people. Most of them have had or have breast cancer. Their significant others are working with them to help others in their journey with breast cancer. They give all the time and they never stop working to find a better way to cope with this illness and to experience a more meaningful life.

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I am involved with this organization daily, as they have an office in my suite. I see and experience the work they do and know that they make a difference in the lives of people every day. They give hope and help to people!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in April 2008. The very next day, a very sweet lady from Steel Magnolia's came by our business with a gift bag for me. It wasn't until I received that bag that the reality of the whole cancer thing set in. I was not happy one bit but God knew what I needed! The items in that bag were put to use the very next day after my mastectomy. To this day I still sleep with the little heart-shaped pillow when my arm is aching. I have not been able to thank Steel Magnolias properly for the work that they do, they became the tangible target for my despair. But God has been faithful and the ladies of Steel Magnolia's have been faithful to serve those of us who are going through a most horrible experience. I thank God for each member of Steel Magnolia's and love them dearly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the service you provide!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my day to day living with and treating breast cancer.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

Steel magnolias has been a positive inspiration to many women who have gone through the freightening experience of haveing breast cancer surgery. I have been with Steel Magnolias for several years and have watched this organization grow in leaps and bounds. Truely This organization is touched by God's hand! I have not had breast cancer but if I ever do I know where to go for encouragement, frienship, protection, answered questions, and love. Steel Magnolias is awesume!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fellowship and love from women whom I respect and love.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fact that I have the privilege of working with such fantastic women!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Absolutely fantastic!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help women in the entire US be aware that they are not alone in the strugle with Breast cancer!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I have been impressed with the work of Steel Magnolias since I first became associated with them. They truly have a heartfelt passion for their work. Only survivors, such as this dedicated group of women, can truly stand alongside someone with a diagnosis of breast cancer. This passion is taken to so many levels with their vision and desire to promote healthy lifestyles, education in girls, beginning in 8th grade and other efforts. Not only has this group tackled the "hands-on" care of the patient and their road to treatment and recovery, they have included their families as well. I applaud their efforts and am proud to be associated with such a dynamic group of caring individuals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Developing patient testimonials with them, attending meetings and events and working alongside of them.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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