March 21, 2012
In 1997 my sister was diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. In 1999 my wife was diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. In 2003 my mother was diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. Needless to say, my life, marraige and family has been impacted in a significant way by breast cancer. My family were very fortunate in that we all had very good health insurance to cover treatments and other related concerns after treatment. However, many women are not so blessed. Especially women in low-income environments. They are often single mothers or individuals without any support system in place. Lotus Survival Foundation (LSF) was established to help just such women. LSF, though a nascent organization is helping uninsured and disadvantaged women through the difficult time during their recovery from breast cancer. Through retreats and other meetings, LSF helps to rebuild women's lives ; body, soul and spirit. As the women participate in LSF's retreats, their lives take on a renewed sense of hope and purpose. It is always wonderful to hear the testimonies of how LSF has helped them through difficult and dark period of their lives and have them come out full of light and life. Without Lotuse Survival Foundation, many if not most, of the women would have little hope for the future. This is why, when I was asked to serve on Lotus' board of advisors, I quickly said "Yes!" Lotus is meeting women's needs where other organizations are not. Without LSF, there would be a gaping hole in many women's lives as they recover from breast cancer.
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