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Breast Cancer Choices
July 14, 2009

I was recently diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, a noninvasive form of breast cancer. I am profoundly grateful for the information and support I found online with Breast Cancer Choices. Their website has a wealth of information on healing strategies, resources, and research for women with breast cancer. They also provide an electronic listserv where members can share evidence based strategies and talk about their own experiences. Both my experience with the listserv and the website have been immensely empowering. Thank you Breast Cancer Choices!!!

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

I applaud the courage and perseverance of the women at Breast Cancer Choices. They have provided us with empowering information to take charge of our own healing experience. I feel better than I have in a long time and I have hope for the future.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I received information on healing strategies for breast cancer on the website, through the listserv, and through phone conversations with other list members.

SQUARE PEG FOUNDATION
September 1, 2008

I was attracted to Square Pegs because of their slogan "Everyone Fits". Even me? A horse crazy middle-aged woman? Yes, even me! I found wonderful ways to volunteer with the organization that brought me into close contact with the animals I so love. Joell Dunlap is a force of nature... and it is a beautiful thing to watch the compassionate way she works with kids and animals. Square Pegs is an oasis of kindness in our sometimes indifferent world.

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

the way the horses relate to humans... they are so much more alert and sensitive than horses that I have seen in other lesson situations.

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

I couldn't run this organization. Joell Dunlap is an amazing person who has created something very unique and beautiful.

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

Growing confidence in my ability to relate to horses and ride.

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

amazing. I particularly enjoyed the guest speakers who came to talk on specific topics.

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

serve many more children in need. I would like to see some of our local low income Latino children have the experience learning to ride horses that many of the more affluent kids enjoy.

Ways to make it better...

there was a way for me to practice riding individually to integrate what I was learning in lessons. The facility is rather small, so arena space is limited.

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

Certainly funding, and the danger of director burn out as she fulfills so many roles at once.

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

There is a highly spiritual component to this program that is hard to convey to funders. I hope they will come see the program in person.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I mucked stalls, fed horses, and reviewed grant applications.