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Pink Warrior Angels

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: PHILOSOPHY Pink Warrior Angels is focused on providing direct support to those that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. We firmly believe that no one should ever feel alone in their battles We act on what we have experienced in our own personal battles with breast cancer by providing resources, financial assistance, and most importantly emotional support to our warriors through our angel/warrior program. Pink Warrior Angels was created to fulfill needs we feel were lacking during our own personal experience with breast cancer. Both co-founders know what it feels like to go through a breast cancer diagnosis feeling alone and confused. From the moment a women is diagnosed, their entire life can take a turn and though they may not realize it at first, seeking support through those that have experienced and conquered their own battles with cancer, is something we believe can help them along their journey. No one should ever have to fight this battle feeling alone. While it may be difficult to acknowledge the need for this type of support, Pink Warrior Angels encourages our warriors to to seek that support in a more personal way by providing them with an angel to carry them through. Though our friends and family were an amazing support system, they didn’t truly understand the challenges we were facing emotionally and physically. This is not something we believe can be fully understood unless you have experienced a cancer diagnosis directly. We know what it feels like to lose our hair, to face the fears and challenges of that first chemotherapy treatment, and then to cope with the loss of our breasts. These life-long bonds that are created through our organization are so meaningful and so important for the well-being of our warriors to carry them through those tough times. We are so incredibly proud of the sisterhood that is created through Pink Warrior Angels. Watching these bonds form, knowing that we are helping our warriors through one of the hardest times in their lives, is something we pride ourselves on. It truly is something special to know that they never have to feel alone in their journey and that we are able to provide that level of comfort in their journey.

Target demographics: Breast Cancer survivors of all ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 128 warriors and want to triple that each year

Geographic areas served: The United States

Programs: Finical Aid, mastectomy kit, chemo care kits, AnaOno lingerie and mentoring

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond to help everyone they cross paths with. Julie and her crew live their lives with the best interest of the organization at heart. These volunteers empower their survivors, educate their peers and help make the world aware of the importance of early detection.

1 Nan C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization truly cares for everyone who has to live with Cancer. The smallest things that go unnoticed, Pink Warrior Angels is there to bring it to light and help those in need.

1 Operation Phantom Support

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing Organization wonderful people and a mission that needs our attention! Julie and her team are amazing in this community!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my neighbor was diagnosed with cancer Pink Warrior Angels were there to support her every step of the way. The "angels" have had the experience & the personal depth of understanding all that a "warrior" endures and goes through. The "angels" meet needs emotionally as well as with every day needs as transportation to & from appointments, concerns of how am I going to deal with finances & family needs when I can no longer work . As a group not only is there outreach to people who have cancer but they also support other community needs . The youth within the nonprofit volunteered at the Cove soup kitchen & supported the animal shelter after the tornado. Volunteers are amazing in their dedication.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pink Warrior Angles is so BOMB! I’ve been volunteering for a year and it has been worth the time. They show appreciation to everyone that’s apart of the organization and they are VERY passionate about it as well. Such a selfless group of people.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am moved to tears to tell how pink warriors have of helped me.life after cancer treatments is much harder than most would think.I’ve lost my job because when I was going through chemo I was much too ill to perform my duties, and when I got finished with my chemo it was hard to find a job to help support my needs that paid as much as my former job.I had been in management at my former job for over 10 years,and had worked my way up and was making good money. now I’ve had to start at the bottom at a new job.also during my chemotherapy me and my husband separated.life has been very difficult. But pink warriors sir have helped. They even helped me get proper under garments after surgery... So so grateful to these kind doaners. They set the bar high in this world. I plan on giving back some how. They've meant so much to me.

2 cmoe54

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could have never prepared myself for this journey. There have been so many ups and downs along the way. So many hardships that I never dreamed I would face. I have a good job, but I never considered the notion of not being able to work and make a paycheck. My world changed drastically in November 2018, when I was diagnosed with DCIS and IDC. And it changed even more drastically in January 201, when I found out it had infiltrated my lymph nodes. Now I was facing more time off and more treatment than I had initially thought. I had considered a cancer policy and short-term disability policy, but thought “I’m still young so I’ll wait a few more years”. While I was able to work (by the grace of God) 4 day weeks most weeks, my paycheck was becoming less and less, and soon it would be about 1/9 of my normal salary. I was starting to become consumed with how I would pay my rent and utilities not to mention medical bills. Thank God I heard about Pink Warriors of TX. I applied and within a couple weeks I got my answered prayer! Thank you PWATX and all the sponsors who are a part in helping me to have peace of mind and pay my bills. Blessings to you all ~Celicia Moeller

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish that I had such an amazing group of women when I was going through my own cancer. Julie gives everyone and everything all that she has and all of her reserves. It's rare to find such a genuine group of people so ready and willing to do all they can. I honestly feel like cancer makes us realize the strength we don't know we have in us, and being able to lean on others who have found that strength means more than most people can ever understand.
The bigger organizations seem so impersonal, but Pink Warriors does so much to involve the organization in the community, and bring everyone together. It is a family. One you will have for as long as you want or need.
I am so blessed and honored to know such wonderful people and contribute in any way I can to all the amazing things this Pink Warriors is going to do for years to come.

1 Niki G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pink Warrior Angel's of Central Texas is amazing. They are a hard working non-profit who puts all their volunteers and patients on a pedestal. They go above and beyond to meet the needs of everyone from all forms of cancers either emotionally or financially. They are highly involved in the community and give back as much as possible. Great group of people doing great things! -Niki

1 Nicole M.11

Board Member

Rating: 5

By being a Volunteer and a Board Member, I see both sides of this great organization! The Help and Support is what makes this group. From fun ways to bring money in, to showing others what we do, to creating many friendships. Truly this group has what it takes to make that change! Small town, big heart, we will not stop.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Pink Warrior Angels primarily focuses on Breast Cancer, but when my daughters best friend was diagnosed with cancer they stepped in to help the family and my daughter with understanding the process. They checked in and stood by the family and offered their support. They are still some of our closest friends.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently was diagnosed with bc. I was so devistated as to what i was gonna do to pay bills when i wasnt able to work any longer? Well prayers were answered when God sent the pink warriors into my life. My worries were a little less because of this awesome group whom payed my current bills. Thank God for these lovely ladies..

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I was referred by Komen staff member in San Antonio that this Charity will help cancer patients. Website was easy to navigate and response was quick as well as the application process. They approved to help assist me, but I have not received anything in the mail or confirmation or further information on how they pay your bills or write you a check is totally unclear. Update: so followed up with them and they said they pay your bills directly to the company. Just odd that you don’t receive any notice of that happening and let you know to check.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

5 plus stars. They rock. I am so worried about finances and trying to get through breast cancer treatment. Now I can focus on my treatment only. Best Wishes and thank you so...so.. very much. The money went to doctors bills that were not covered by insurance . I had a 3,000 deductible and the bills are financially debilitating. Thank to this group and the wonderful ladies and people that assist us to keep going every day.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Almost one year ago, I retired after 28 years of federal service. Feeling that I needed something to maintain my sanity, that was not only challenging but rewarding.. I decided to step up my volunteering; select one that was very near and dear to my heart in support of my family and their cancers... brain, thyroid, prostate, breast. My choice - Pink Warrior Angels. Several months after my initial application, I submitted a request for consideration onto the Board. Since January 2018, my duties have been as the Warrior/Angel Coordinator. I love this position. It has meet all of my expectations; challenging, rewarding, supportive and I couldn’t be more satisfied. Thanks to PWA. One of best decisions I’ve made!

1 Emily T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am not a survivor, but it is a huge honor to be able to help out with the Pink Warrior Angels to raise thousands of dollars that go directly to those fighting cancer. At the gala each year, it is a wonderful site to see the faces of the women who have fought and are fighting cancer as they share their stories of the love and support that PWA is able to provide them! It is heartwarming!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pink Warrior Angels are a group of women who have a heart for others. This group is made up of cancer survivors, cancer fighters, and care givers. Each person brings their gifts and talents so that together they can help others.
I volunteer with Pink Warrior Angels as a cancer survivor. Pink Warrior Angels gives me a place to help others, make new friends, and have a renewed sense of purpose for my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing, very helpful. Tears of joy grateful and thankful for Pink Warrior Angels.

3 Debbie M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Live in Corpus Christi Texas, I was really excited about a Breast Cancer Retreat I was going to attend the first part of September. Well I had not planned on Harvey! Everything changed, the money I had set aside for travel expenses, to the Casting For Recovery Annual Reunion...would go to buying survival supplies, etc. After Harvey, my Van would not work, it needed a new fuel pump. I applied as a Pink Warrior and told my story. They Sent me money to reimburse me, for the repair of my Van so I could travel to this long awaited retreat on time! Even more amazing is they helped me with another debt. It really took a load off my heart, to know I could travel up to Hill country and spend time with my sister survivors. Thank you so much Pink Warrior Angels, you have helped make a dream come true, and you also took a burden off of my tired shoulders. God Bless! I will post some of the Photos of the Breast Cancer Retreat.

3 Paula105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels on Earth ... who truly are Warriors. I am writing this in memorium of my dear friend and pink sister, Melody Tolar. Melody ... fought "the monster" which is breast cancer with all of her might. She earned her angel wings in November of 2016. I will NEVER say she lost her battle..to do so would be an injustice to how hard Melody fought. Jen Reynolds, Melody and I knew each other, as fellow breast cancer Survivors. Melody and Jen were fellow BFF's (young breast cancer survivors). I reached out to Jen and Pink Warrior Angels when Melody and her family contacted me as they were in need of assistance with legal documents such as Medical POA. They needed Legal Advice and a lawyer. I contacted Jen and Pink Warrior Angels to see if she could recommend the services of someone. I also explained to Jen that Melody's cancer had advanced and that she was in need of some extra special TLC from her Pink Sister Community. Jen Reynolds and PWA worked with Melody's family and found proper legal representation so that all the proper paper work could be executed. I was a witness to Melody signing those papers ... one of the most bittersweet moments of my life. Jen Reynolds "rallied the survivor sister troups" around Melody and made sure that the last months of her life were filled with love...support and most importantly prayer. The most beautiful "gift" given to Melody was a day of pampering for she and her mom, Charlotte. PWA helped to arrange this with the help of the beautiful Ms. Jovannah with Beauty on The Bus . Jen, Dez and I spent the day with our beautiful Melody and her mom, her caregiver. This is the last time I "saw" my dear friend Melody. She was happy and laughing as her makeup and nails were being done. She was treated like the beautiful, brave Princess she was. We listened to her favorite Japanese music as she enjoyed her Japanese soda and candy. We gathered for a photo.. making sure her fiery red wig was on just right.. as our Melody was very "Melticulous '. I will never forget that day as her loving father carried her to and from the bus. We... Warriors did all we could to be strong for Melody that day and fought back tears. We wanted that day to be joyful for her, and it was as her photo is proof of that. We never imagined that Melody would pass away just a week later. Jen and many of the Angels were there for Melody those final days, gathering to show their love and support and praying, which gave Mel great comfort. Thank you PWA for all you did for our sweet pink sister Melody (HnM's ELSA). Thank you for embracing all women who fight "the monster" .