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Women's Center of Jacksonville, Inc.
June 25, 2011

In December of 1999, I was diagnosed with my second advanced cancer. At that time, I had to make the decision to move my Bosom Buddies organization to a nonprofit organization that would continue my work as founder in case my time on earth was over. After much deliberation, I decided that the Women's Center of Jacksonville met all the criteria for a new and permanent home for Bosom Buddies. We moved there in 2000 and it has far exceeded my expectations. Not only does it provide a safe haven for breast cancer survivors, but it also provides other services specifically tailored to women, should the need arise. Bosom Buddies has grown and added a Young Survivors Group and Survivor Advocates to its menu of services. Everyone there is committed to not only helping women survive, but encouraging them and helping them thrive. I'm proud to continue to serve Bosom Buddies and the Women's Center after all these years.

The Great!

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

Seeing Bosom Buddies expand to offer a Young Survivors Group for women 18 and up and to train Survivor Advocates to offer support, encouragement and a "second set of ears" as they accompany needy women to their doctor's appointments and guide them through the medical maze.

Ways to make it better...

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

Be more proactive in looking for grants that apply to cancer support and education programs such as Bosom Buddies.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I moved Bosom Buddies to the Women's Center in 2000 and continue to facilitate its support group.