My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Sandras Hope Foundation, San Antonio, TX, USA
I am a breast cancer survivor & have been associated with Sandras Hope Foundation (SHF) since 2015 when I participated, as a model, in their annual Hope on The Runway Fashion Show fundraiser. I expected the fashion show to be a once in a lifetime experience; however, did not realize it would be the start of something wonderful. It was the beginning of a bond with an incredible group of women and men from SHF as well as fellow models (pink sisters) which has grown stronger over the years. SHF has given financial aid to fellow pink sisters when they found themselves in dire straits . Sometimes tests or treatment is necessary & there is no time to "wait" for funds or better circumstances. SFH focus is on assisting the community of women (& men) effected by breast cancer. One of their biggest outreach projects takes place during the holiday season when Foundation members & volunteers gather to create "Chemo Care Baskets' which are gifted, along with a complete Turkey dinner, to a breast cancer patient undergoing treatment. A dear friend of mine who had been diagnosed & widowed within weeks of each other was the recipient of such a care basket. I was grateful that SHF was there to provide this blessing to her in such a difficult time. Fundraisers such as Volleyball Tournaments and mixers are done in a professional and fun way. Everyone at SHF treats you as if you are family. They are sincere about "loving you through it".. the journey with breast cancer. They have been there for me, & fellow survivors, in the best & worst of times. We celebrate life in good times at the annual Hope on The Runway Fashion show. We celebrate as we hear a survivor is now in remission. We celebrate being part of a community who comes together & supports those in need during the holiday season. The ladies and gents of SHF join their community of survivors to pray and support those who receive news that they are going to battle cancer for the 2nd time..a recurrence. And there have been the worst of times, when far too many of our pink sisters have passed away. SHF was there for my dear friend , also a former model, when they treated both she and her mother to a special day of pampering . There were no lights or cameras, just friends (several survivors) and the ladies of SHF to bring love and light to the darkest of times. Our pink sister passed away a couple of weeks later. So we, the community of survivors supported by SHF and the ladies and gentlemen who have supported us have laughed, cried & grieved together. It's 2019 & unfortunately women (& men) are still being diagnosed with breast cancer. I am grateful that Sandra's Hope Foundation is active in our community & there to offer HOPE to those diagnosed. Support comes in so many ways.. whether it be financial, emotional, learning about better nutrition & wellness or just creating a support system for those like me who are still navigating their way through life as a breast cancer survivor/thrivor. I believe the compassionate & driven individuals of SHF are even more determined than ever to bring awareness to our community about breast cancer. I am humbled & honored to be associated with this Foundation & look forward to all the great things they WILL do in the future because "No One Fights Alone" !
Review for Pink Warrior Angels, Copperas Cove, TX, USA
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" .