My name is Bonnie Vargo. I am a Metavivor. My breast cancer returned in Feb. 2019 and it spread to my liver and spine. I have been battling cancer since 2003 and although it has been a long hard road my faith has grown immensely over the years. The Pink Warrior Angels of Texas are a Godsent and an answer to a prayer. They are truly Angels and are helping me pay some bills which I could not pay. My husband Alex and I are on social security and it has been tough trying to make ends meet. Thank you Pink Warrior Angels of Texas for your support and generosity. Your organization is a blessing to those of us going through cancer and I will spread the word about you to my Pink Sisters.
I am a 42 years old cancer patient and a mother of small children. I was diagnosed 2 years ago at age of 39. The diagnosis was a shock to us and soon I was rushed to surgery followed by chemo and radiations. I could not believe what is happening to my life. I was working from home trying to help with bills. Cancer treatments forced me to stop working as it was too much for my frail body. Bills accumulated and we struggled more and more to pay them. Pink Warriors helped us to pay the bills. They are true heroes and sincerely care about people in need. Thank you pink Warriors.
Pink warriors helped my family with $287.00 to help make amy monthly car payment which is a great help to my family. Thank you for your help my family appreciates your organization.
Words alone can never truly express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude, that I am feeling at this moment. The Pink Warrior Angels of Texas, The Great-nonprofits and HEB have been an abundance of Blessings to me. I want thank everyone once again for the help and support. God Bless each and everyone of you and please stay safe.
PWA began their journey of help, compassion and friendship when my sister became Julie’s cancer angel. Julie stood at my families side when our darkest days were happening and was right there to offer a shoulder when my sister lost her battle to breast cancer after a nearly 9 year battle. We knew we would always cherish their help after that, but what we didn’t know is that once again they would step up to offer the same support just 19 days later when I was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram. Our family had only began to grief and come to grips with my sisters loss, and here we were starting our battle again with me. I have 4 more treatments to finish out my 1 1/2 year battle. I know my battle is still far from over, but I’m hoping this will give my family a break. Thank you PWA for absolutely everything you’ve done for our family!
Ijust wanted to say thank you to Pink Warrior Angels for all that they do.
I have been battling cancer since last March and it has rapidly spread into my neck ,spine and ribs. My journey with this deadly disease has been eased knowing I have Angels by my side.
Pink Warriors have been a God send to our breast cancer patients at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. We have many patients here who are struggling financially and are single moms so when they were diagnosed with cancer, they were horrified that they would end up homeless and in mountains of debt they would never be able to come out of. Pink warriors has eased some of my patients' fears and provided a bit of a safety net so that they can focus more on getting better than on money. Pink Warriors and the assistance they provide is invaluable. Thank you!
Heather Armijo, LMSW
The Dubin Breast Center
Mount Sinai Hospital
We are glad we met you while in Austin to bring help to your area of NY.
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.
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.
Amazing Organization wonderful people and a mission that needs our attention! Julie and her team are amazing in this community!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Amazing, very helpful. Tears of joy grateful and thankful for Pink Warrior Angels.
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.
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" .
Pink Warrior Angel's have been a true Blessing. I instantly felt the love, the connection and how they care about each and every cancer patient. They are survivors and they know how hard it is to fight everyday. This group keeps us all motivated, smiling, and helps us fight even on our worse day. I am forever great full to them and will definitely be helping by paying it forward as they have to be.
As a breast cancer patient/survivor/warrior/angel, sometimes we need to be given a good kick in the butt to keep focused on living life to the fullest. This is what PWA has been for me. From encouragement to advocate for myself, to having a place to vent war stories and still be told that I'm "normal", a place to play "show and tell" of our scars and our foobs, PWA has been a safe place because we understand one another like no one else can. PWA has been the median that I believe saved my life by continuously connecting me to resources within the breast cancer community.
PWA is an outstanding organization of dedicated, caring, and hard working women. They are committed to helping others and ensuring that no one has to travel their journey alone. Truly inspiring to watch the things that take place. the amount of hours worked, just to give back to others, is admirable. PWA has my support and they should have yours too.
Pink Warrior Angels has been a saving grace in my life, giving me the opportunity to pay it forward to other survivors and warriors. No one should have to endure cancer treatment alone the way that I did and I am so thankful that Pink Warrior Angels has now given me the opportunity to make sure no woman has to go through it the way I did. Knowing that they care for, not only the emotional side of a diagnosis, but will also assist financially is truly incredible. I have built life long relationships with the warriors that I have adopted. I am forever bonded to them and they have inspired me in ways I could not have imagined. This organization does so much to help other women and it has truly been a blessing in my life.
Pink Warrior Angels is an organization that is one of a kind. If they don't have it they will find it. It has been a humbling experience since day 1
...and what a ride it has been ever since
Helping warriors navigate this cumbersome journey truly is the passion of Pink Warrior Angels, led out by founders Jen & Julie. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Nov 2014, I had no idea what to expect. Thankfully my oncologist introduced me to Jen at my first chemo treatment, and she became a huge part of my story. Jen joined me at my treatments & offered support all along the way (advice, what to expect, a mastectomy kit, etc.). It's an amazing organization that supports so many women during what is normally a scary & overwhelming time in our lives.
We are honored to have met you at the right time!
The cofounders of Pink Warrior Angels mean so much to me. Their support for Breast Cancer Survivors like myself is unique and it's heartfelt. Warriors need support for healing during our journey and pink warrior angels do a great job at filling our needs, no matter what they are.
We are honored to have you!
In January of 2016, I found a golf-ball sized lump, under my arm. In the process of scans and biopsies, I was diagnosed with a mixed autoimmune disease. The previous 6 months, I had been running constant fevers, ached from head to toe, and had inexplicable rashes on my face and arms. Circulation to my extremities had become so limited and painful, that I avoided the refrigerated section at the grocery store and wore gloves at work on a daily basis.
Three days after being diagnosed with MCTD, pathology of 3 lymphatic tumors came back positive for cancer. However, doctors were unsure of where the cancer was coming from. All we knew was that it was aggressively spreading through the lymph system, it was feeding off estrogen and it was 90% squaumous cell carcinoma. My journey with MD Anderson and the hunt for a primary tumor began. After much deliberation and multiple opinions, I began a regimen for Breast Cancer Chemotherapy first. The theory was that my overactive immune system attacked the cancer cells in the breast before it could form a tumor, but not before it metastasized into my lympyh system. Once it spread, it differentiated into squamous cell carcinoma.
After 20 rounds of A/C and taxol, I had a bilateral mastectomy (where no tumor was found, but precancerous cells were identified) and 6 weeks of daily radiation after work. The 2nd degree burns took a turn for the worse in the end, and I had a topical infection that we treated with antibiotics. However, the infection was more aggressive than expected and MRSA rooted behind my right expander. Two emergency surgeries later, packing a cavity, learning to administer my own pic line and beginning new Tamoxifen side effects, my right tissue began to heal but was not able to seal...not even with a wound vac. A 3rd surgery was required to stitch up the tissue after 2 months. Even as recent as last week's follow up, signs of infection are back. Since I'm closely monitored, I think we caught it early and I'm back on antibiotics. Next week I'll undergo a surgery to remove my ovaries followed by Arimidex. Follow up scans will watch nodes around my supraclavicle that began to grow last summer, but seemingly responded to Breast Cancer chemo. Still holding high hopes that additional chemo for squamous cell carcinoma will not be necessary.
During this last year, I faced severe financial hardships as I had to miss so much work. PWA awarded me with enough money to catch up on my rent and utilities. I truly don't know what I would've done without the help. It was a scary place, to be too sick to work and behind on everything. But more than that, knowing that my Angel and others Angels in PWA were emotionally there for me, allowed me to always have hope and stay positive,
You are such an inspiration!!
I've had the privilege of knowing one of the founders of PWA for most of my adult life and have seen her as she went through her own cancer diagnosis and moving forward with the idea of Pink Warrior Angels. Pink Warrior Angels has touched the lives of many and gives those with a cancer diagnosis hope and a hand to hold during treatment and beyond. I'm excited for the growth and possibilities that lie ahead for PWA and those whose lives it will touch in the Texas area and beyond!
We are honored to have you apart of our team!
Pink Warrior Angels has helped me in sooo many ways!! my name is Reagan Wade. I was diagnosed at the young age of 22 years old and while 11 weeks pregnant! When diagnosed with Cancer you have no idea where to turn or if you are making the right decisions. Pink warrior angels was right by my side during all my treatments and even there to meet our warrior baby Jude!! They let you know you are not alone, provide you will all the answers & supplies that worked for them. I'm
Blessed for the friendships pink warrior angels has brought To my life!! Thank you!!
You are an inspiration to all of us!!
I was diagnosed on April 21, 2016, at 39 years old with Stage 2, Invasive Ductak Carcinoma. I was a single mother of a 4 year old. I was devastated. My biggest fear was my son growing up without me and not being around to see all the amazing milestones in his precious life. My son is my entires world! So I scheduled a double mastectomy as soon as my family could arrive to help after surgery. I had a double mastectomy on June 8, 2016. It was confirmed my cancer had matastised to a lymph node. I began chemo August 1, 2016 and completed October 3, 2016. My son gave me the strength to keep fighting. I have gotten married and my husband is my rock. He has helped get my son to school and played many roles assisting and making sure my son was the least affected by my illness. We are an amazing team. I've been cancer free since Feb 3, 2017. And I'm anxiously waiting for my 1 year cancer free anniversary... Pink Warrior Angels was absolutely amazing during my journey from sending mastectomy bags, pillows, activity books, head wraps, to anything I needed. They are a wealth of knowledge and support. They do amazing things for women who need the support of others who have been through this journey themselves. Having someone that's been through this and there to cry, talk or answer questions is such an amazing feeling as a warrior and going through the most challenging time of your life!
Your smile proves we can and will get through this!
Pink Warrior Angels has touched my heart from volunteering for the nonprofit and seeing all the wonderful things that we get to do for so many woman. To learning so much about breast cancer and that it hits all ages not 40+. To be able to part of this nonprofit is truly honorable. The co founders are amazingly strong women that get to show other woman that can make it through. The are always just a call away, a chemo buddy , a smiling face for dinner or lunch date but most important always a source of knowledge, recourses and love!
You are such an asset to PWA!
This amazing group helped me. I was a wreck when I got told and my friend got me in contact with Julie Goodwin Moser and within a week got a call and was told how things would or may go. I have received care package and also just a card to have have a great day. Love this support group.
We are honored to have been referred to you at the perfect time!