Pink with a Purpose

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, B-105 and Klosterman Baking Company—in support of Pink Ribbon Girls—want to recognize the courage and determination it takes to fight this disease. Read on for why these local women, who volunteer or utilize Pink Ribbon Girls’ services, are Pink with a Purpose. And look for Klosterman Pink Loaves at a Kroger near you. No one travels this road alone!

Ashley Helton

Hebron
I was diagnosed in May 2018 with IDC Stage 2 with lymph node involvement. I heard about PRG through my daughter’s school from a mother who had used PRG the year before. We used the meals. Being a family of six, it really helped when I wasn’t feeling well, and it gave me peace of mind knowing the kids were still getting good meals. My children loved the mac and cheese, my husband loved the meatloaf, and I liked any of the chicken. PRG is an amazing organization to be connected with. They do so much that most would take for granted. Knowing they were there if I needed a ride to treatment, or needed my house cleaned, gave me peace of mind. If I had to choose one word to describe PRG, I would have to say “amazing!”

Stephanie Furrow

Troy
After several mammograms, ultrasound and two biopsies…on August 18th, 2017, I was diagnosed with IDC and DCIS. I had known about PRG as they helped my aunt with meals during her breast cancer journey. My connection with PRG began when my daughter-in-law was helping a friend of hers get things prepared for the Paint the Town Pink 5k. She struck up a conversation with Gretchen, my daughter-in-law, then persuaded (hounded) me to contact PRG. I called in and Mike was able to help me decide which services I needed. I chose to take the meals as I wasn’t getting the nutrition I needed for the treatment I was in. They were all delicious, and I loved every one of them, but the Chicken Cakes were the absolute best! PRG has provided the peer support I needed to adjust to my new normal. They’ve given me the strength to share my story, because you never know who you might impact by sharing it. For me, PRG has been a LIFESAVER in the sea of unknown!

Beverly Ridgway

Miamisburg
I was diagnosed with HER2+/ ER- PR- IDC in June of 2016. I had several friends and family suggest I contact PRG. I hesitated originally as I thought I didn’t need help as much as someone else might. I eventually did reach out and signed up for meals.

The day of my first delivery, I brought the box in, opened it, and cried as it struck me that TOTAL STRANGERS were doing this for me and my family. Having them was such a blessing as it allowed us to eat healthy and not worry so much about where our meals would come from. We loved all of the meals, but my favorites were the Southwest Bowl and the Lasagna and Green Beans. When I didn’t have much of an appetite for food, these hot meals were always comforting and tasted good.

Since then, I’ve attended Coffee Talks, volunteered, made countless new and treasured friends, and can’t imagine my life without PRG! The meals were just the beginning. The rest is where I continue to heal.

If I could describe PRG in one word, it would be family. <3

Stacy Greene

Dayton
I was diagnosed at 38 years old with stage 1 to 2 breast cancer on the right side only. Triple positive. I heard about PRG from Kettering Cancer Center and utilized their services of meals for 2 months during treatment, ride to treatments, and peer support!!! So helpful and thank you!!! When I was going through chemo and my husband and I were getting used to me not having the energy and strength I used to have, the meals helped so much with not worrying about cooking! The rides helped in not just getting to our treatments and appointments, but being able to communicate with the riders, usually survivors, was a great help as well. It was therapeutic to just talk to someone that has gone through the same journey as you have. I call it walking through the fire.

I have a brother who is a retired Navy Seal. To become one, they have to go through “hell week.” He gave me a shirt showing several men going through a pool of fire, and when they walk out of the fire pool, they were muscular frog, representing a SEAL. Survivors have no choice but to walk through the fire. We will get burned, feel pain, sorrow, and get some scars on the way, but we’ll walk out stronger than ever!

PRG has helped with that greatly. The survivors and non-survivors show us that when we are in the middle of our journey, we are not alone! I would tell someone who is newly diagnosed that it is ok to ask for and get help! That is so important to tell survivors and their families this! At first you don’t because for whatever reason, you don’t want to bother anyone.

You learn very quickly that asking for help doesn’t show weakness but courage and understanding that help is out there for us! People around the world have donated to the PRG to help us through our journey! It makes the world look a little brighter since it sometimes seems dark in our eyes after hearing those words, “you have cancer!” I learned to ask for help and realized people want to help through this journey! They are rooting for our success to live a healthy life again! PRG in one word to me is: Family!

Leslie Espo

Fairborn
I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, stage 3B High Grade. A friend’s mother, who heard about my diagnosis, asked if she could pass along my contact information to Pink Ribbon Girls. I agreed and was introduced to Maribeth and Susan. I was fortunate to have a support system in place so I was not in need of the direct services that PRG offered. I did, however, find inspiration in the sisterhood of PRG’s Peer Support. I have made once-in-a-lifetime connections with amazing women.

Tisha Morgan

Dayton
I was diagnosed on 9/27/2019 with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I have been familiar with PRG because I lived in Tipp City for 13 years. I always thought it was such a wonderful organization, but never really thought much more about it because I’ve never known anyone that has suffered from breast cancer. After my diagnosis, that was one of the first calls I made. I knew that I would need support at some point during my journey. I have benefited from the meals and house cleaning services and can tell you they were a lifesaver. I think my favorite meal is the meatloaf and mashed potatoes from Coldwater Cafe. These meals have relieved that stress of having to worry about dinner a few nights a week. I am a single mom of 2 little girls and I have struggled financially through this journey. PRG has helped take some of that financial stress off by providing dinners that I would not have been able to afford, nor had the energy to prepare for my girls. The one word I would use to describe PRG is: Inspiring.

Kerri Thomas

Deer Park
I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in October 2018. After the chaos following my diagnosis and learning the next steps to my treatment, many others who had either volunteered or were recipients of PRG services introduced me to the organization. With 3 small children at home and a husband who also worked full-time, we needed all the help we could get with keeping up to date on keeping our house clean. The PRG team was able to get someone to help over the 2 months I was recovering from surgery.

I mention Pink Ribbon Girls as often as I can to anyone I know who is going through treatment or about to start this heart-wrenching journey. With all the other things on my plate trying to plan my surgery, schedule doctor’s appointments, and more—this helped tremendously with giving me one less thing to worry about. The one word I would use to describe PRG is: Inspiring.

Ellen Rohs

Cincinnati
I was diagnosed with breast cancer on October 15, 2015, at the age of 52. I’ll never forget the morning I received the call from my doctor. That was a call that took me to my knees. Breast cancer doesn’t run in the family; I thought the result of my biopsy would be normal. How was I going to be strong for my family? How was I going to take care of my family? The support I received from my family and friends still brings a tear to my eye. After I had gone back to work, I was looking for ways to support women with breast cancer. I knew, unfortunately, that some people didn’t have the support I had to help me and my family navigate through my treatment. I attended various fundraisers but the organization that pulled at my heart was Pink Ribbon Girls. Last October, I had the privilege of assisting Cincinnati’s PRG Regional Manager Jan Middleton. I met so many inspiring women and love the services PRG provides to help women to focus on their recovery. I have made so many new PRG friends and can’t imagine life without them. #noonetravelsthisroadalone

Carly Korte

West Chester
Shortly after Mother’s Day in 2018, my mother was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. She also carried the PALB2 gene mutation. In early 2019, I also tested positive for the PALB2 gene. I made the decision to start planning a prophylactic double mastectomy so that I could decrease my chances for developing breast cancer as much as possible. By getting a breast MRI, I thought I was just checking the boxes. However, this is when my cancer was discovered. Shortly before Mother’s Day, I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and Ductal Carcinoma In Situ.

My breast surgeon urged me to go home and contact the Pink Ribbon Girls. She said they’re a good resource and do great things for the community. Wow, was she right! During my recovery, I used the meal services and the house cleaning services. (My favorite was the Asian Bowl, YUM!) To know there’s a community of women who have gone through what I’ve gone through, have the same fears, questions and doubts as me, and will be there for me, it’s just so awesome. I feel SO LUCKY to have this group. One word for the Pink Ribbon Girls? AWESOME.

Kara Fuller

Harrison
My name is Kara Fuller, and I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at the age of 27. I had a Bi-Lateral Mastectomy this past May, and will be on medication for precaution for the next 10 years. At this point, I am living cancer free!

Before I found out that I was cancer positive, I had felt a lump in my breast for at least a year. I’d gone to the doctor to try and get it checked because I was concerned, but they told me not to worry—that it was just fatty cell tissue. As time went on, the lump had gotten bigger and I knew within myself that something was wrong, so I went to a different hospital to get a second opinion. My first appointment was March 29, 2019, and that was the day life basically flashed before my eyes. The nurse started off doing an ultrasound, and I watched her go right on top of the lump and it was just a solid black mass. I felt my stomach drop and just began to cry because I knew now that it was not just fatty cell tissue. The doctor came in immediately to take a look and ordered a mammogram and biopsy right away. April 8, 2019, I received the phone call that the biopsy was positive. It felt like my world collapsed after those words were said to me.

During my next appointment, I found out about the Pink Ribbon Girls, and the services they provide for breast cancer patients. The first time I called, it was amazing because they made me feel very welcome and comfortable about using the service. I was able to utilize the meals, and it was truly a blessing. Not working and having no funds really would have made it difficult to shop, so I feel very grateful for their help during that hard time. The meals were absolutely delicious, but I would have to say my favorite by far was the meatloaf or orange chicken. I will forever encourage women to feel their breast, and if they feel a lump, don’t take no for an answer from any doctor. Always get a second opinion!

PRG truly are guardian angels.

Erica Weast

Bridgetown
I was diagnosed with small cell neuroendocrine cervical cancer in the Spring of 2019, and I am a mom to 3 young kids.

Our family utilized the meals and house cleaning offered by PRG. Having support from PRG gave me comfort. It provided me with services that allowed me to focus on myself and my family during one of the hardest times of my life. Being a mom of 3 small kids going through a grueling cancer treatment plan is not easy on anyone. As a mom, my number one goal through all of this was to let my children know that everything was going to be ok. That we were going to get through this, together. Having PRG there allowed me to focus on this—to give my kids a mom who was present and focus on healing. It was just comforting to have support from a group of women who were going through the same thing or had been in my shoes at one time. I’m grateful to have been given these services and look forward to finding ways to give back in the future.

Lynn Brading

West Chester
I am Lynn Brading, age 51, and a recent survivor of Estrogen Positive Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. On September 5th, 2019, exactly three months after my diagnosis, I rang the bell signifying my last radiation treatment. That day was so special. As my husband and I walked into our appointment, I was completely surprised by our two children Zak and Bailey who had made the trip from Columbus to be with me. This was just one of what felt like a million “silver linings” to my diagnosis.

I had heard about PRG at my initial visit with Jen, my Breast Navigator at Tri-Health. But it was during a visit with my sweet neighbor Debbie who, soon after I was diagnosed lost her battle, shared how special the sisterhood of Pink Ribbon Girls was and how much they helped her during her battle.

I signed up and have since met many amazing survivors. I receive delicious meals weekly and have the wonderful ladies at Molly Maids cleaning for me twice a month. I was reluctant to accept the PRG services, but was encouraged to do so by PRG’s staff. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it! I continue to be impressed by what PRG does for women during probably the most trying time in their lives. I will be a Pink Ribbon Girl for life, paying it forward for the next sisters diagnosed. No One Travels This Road Alone.

Jennifer McCormick

Maineville
In February 2018, as I nursed my son to sleep, I felt a lump. I was 37 with a family history of breast cancer, so I didn’t wait to see if it resolved itself, as many breastfeeding mothers do. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative breast cancer just a week later. A few weeks after that I found out that I carry the BRCA1 genetic mutation. As a mother of 2 young children, the diagnosis shook me to my core. I did 16 rounds of chemotherapy, 5 rounds of immunotherapy as part of a clinical trial that I had to quit after getting pancreatitis from the drug, several hospitalizations, a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, 6 weeks of radiation, and a preventative total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. The outpouring of love and support from friends and family was mind-blowing, but we are transplants to the area, and don’t have a big support system locally.

I found out about the Pink Ribbon Girls from a fellow survivor and friend. I received meals for many weeks, and they even came and cleaned my house! They were so amazing and kind, and didn’t seem to mind the kids running around. Having a freezer full of food made my job as a stay-at-home mom so much less stressful. Some days I was too sick or tired to cook, but my family was always fed. It was a true blessing to us, and if I could use just one word to describe the Pink Ribbon Girls I would say they are AMAZING! They are an organization who truly gives back to cancer patients!!

Amanda Wilson

Anderson
I was diagnosed in 2018 with Stage 1 breast cancer. At the age of 40, this diagnosis swept me off my feet. I ended up having multiple tumors in my right breast and had a double mastectomy with DIEP reconstruction. I had heard about PRG from a friend who spoke highly of their services. I used the meal delivery and cleaning services of PRG during my recovery. The cleaning services helped me feel cared for and pampered. The meals we received were healthy and delicious; I loved the Orange Chicken and Broccoli!

PRG made a difference in my life because they normalized cancer for me. Volunteering, advocating and fundraising for this organization has given my cancer journey a purpose. One word that describes PRG to me is “together.” I truly felt part of a community from the moment I reached out for help.

Debbie Pack

Kettering
I was diagnosed with gynecological cancer in September 2016, and I knew nothing about PRG.
I was introduced to PRG after my treatments were over. Little did I know that this is when I needed PRG the most. I didn’t know where to go from there. I felt “safe” when I was going through treatment, as I was always seeing a physician or a nurse. I felt they had their arms around me, and I felt protected. When my treatments ended, I felt lost. I finished treatments in July 2017 and attended survivors’ weekend in August. I was greeted by Heather Salazar on the steps at the Greene. That evening she taught me how to survive. I met other survivors that weekend who reassured me that the thoughts of recurrence that were always in the back of my mind were normal. I’m not sure I would have survived without them, and now I am lucky enough to call them lifelong friends.
I am now a peer mentor to ladies facing the same disease, and an event volunteer. I never want anyone to travel this road alone. I am very blessed to be able to call everyone associated with PRG my family.

Jill Cusick

Middletown
In June 2019, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Grade 2 invasive mammary carcinoma (Breast Cancer). I knew of the Pink Ribbon Girls from Dr. Heather Pulaski, with whom I worked with and became friends. I called them for peer support on my last day of work before taking time off for surgery. As it sank in that I would be having a bilateral mastectomy and that I had cancer, I started to cry and get very anxious. Nichole from PRG called at just the right time. She let me talk, cry, and helped me understand what to expect. Having had no close friends or family members facing breast cancer, PRG have been such great support. The night before I had my first chemo treatment, several survivors met me for dinner to help calm my nerves and show support. I haven’t started to receive meals yet, but I will greatly appreciate them as I return to work, finish chemo, raise a 7-year-old son, and have a working husband. PRG has been my compass in the storm, an understanding ear, a shoulder to lean on, and a reminder that no matter how hard it gets, don’t forget to laugh. In one word, PRG is LOVE.

Brittany Cusick

Kettering
I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. A friend who also had breast cancer received meals from Pink Ribbon Girls following her breast cancer treatments. I received meals for me and my family following surgery. I also have attended the “Coffee Talks.” These events allow me to cope emotionally and socially following my diagnosis. All of the meals were good, but the teriyaki chicken and lasagna were especially delicious!

Pink Ribbon Girls got me through the most difficult time in my life. Hearing the words “you have cancer” turned my family’s world upside down. When I was diagnosed, I was 36 years old, a mother of two young boys, a wife, and had just been accepted into an Early Elementary Education program so that I could pursue my dream of becoming a teacher. After I was diagnosed, I was determined to not let cancer win, and so I continued with my plans of getting my teaching license. Following surgery, Pink Ribbon Girls were there for me and my family as they provided us with meals. I was so appreciative of this service because it meant that I could concentrate on healing and getting stronger for my family.

I continued to become involved in Pink Ribbon Girls by attending various events that the organization sponsored. These events allowed me to cope with all of the emotional effects of being diagnosed with cancer. PRG has made me feel like I am part of a family—a family that loves, supports, and is there for one another no matter the twists and turns that life throws at you. Pink Ribbon Girls truly ensure that “nobody travels this road alone!” PRG in one word? Strength!

Sue Zickefoose

Kettering
I am a two-time breast cancer survivor, and when I went through my journey, PRG did not exist. (1998 and 2005.) I was introduced to PRG through a mutual friend about three years ago and felt that I could be an asset to them. My purpose for getting involved was because when you go through cancer, you need someone to talk to. My position at PRG is to be a mentor, friend, survivor and spokesperson for PRG. Cancer is an unknown disease, and when I talk to patients, I speak from a positive, informative, caring and experienced point of view. The services that PRG provides are amazing. Yes, we serve meals, transportation and housecleaning, but I am here because of peer support. I explain that it is not a death sentence…you have to beat cancer, you cannot let it get you!

I love being the positive person at PRG that hopefully can give you a new leaf on someone’s life. Patients seem to really appreciate it. PRG is one of the most powerful nonprofits in many areas, and we just need to continue to spread the work of the organization and the word about all the staff and volunteers at PRG and how much they are dedicated to making this organization a success.

PRG is DEDICATED.

Susan Trangenstein

Bellbrook
I was diagnosed with ER/PR + breast cancer and heard about PRG through one of my best friends. I did not utilize the services initially because I felt there were other people who needed it more than me, but now I love the peer support through coffee talks, volunteering and going to events that support PRG. Having these ladies to confide in is priceless.
PRG has introduced me to some of the most amazing and selfless people I am honored to know. It has enabled me to give back and support a cause that I feel very strongly about.
One word to describe PRG is “Angels.”

Lynda Turner

Tipp City
I was diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer in 2015 at the age of 39 years old. I found 2 lumps in my armpit, which changed my life forever. In February, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, as they found a cancerous spot on my L2 vertebrae. I grew up in Tipp City and went to school with Heather Salazar. I knew her lifelong mission in helping people with breast cancer, so I called her a day after I was diagnosed to see what in the world I was supposed to do!

After my mastectomy, Pink Ribbon Girls provided housecleaning for me, which I was ever so grateful for! You aren’t supposed to even lift a gallon of milk for weeks, so having someone come and help ease the burden of cleaning for myself and my family was amazing. We also received the meals after my mastectomy, which were amazing because they came individually wrapped. That was great because my family could grab a healthy meal when needed for lunch or dinner. My favorite meal was the southwestern chicken!

PRG has made a huge impact on our whole family. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer a year after me, and even though she didn’t utilize those services, she has gone to the peer support coffee talks with me. They help connect you with other women who have gone through the same thing. I am not sure what we would have done without PRG. I am ever so blessed and grateful! It is hard to describe PRG in one word, but I would say PRG is extraordinary!

Michelle Sidi

My diagnosis was Her2 positive metastatic breast cancer, stage 2. I was diagnosed February 13, 2019, at the age of 37. I had six rounds of chemo and a lumpectomy with lift and reduction. I am currently finishing 18 Herceptin and Perjeta, and I will start 5-6 weeks of radiation soon, followed by hormone therapy. Chemo brought many side effects, and I was on medical leave from work for five months.

I received meals from PRG. During chemo I rarely left my bed, so the weekly meals delivered to me helped me tremendously.

I’m a single mother of a 17-year-old son, Aaron. So, we were blessed to have easy-to-fix meals that only required heating up. Thankfully, I have amazing friends and family that helped me with cleaning, and my treatment center is two blocks away. But PRG really was amazing and offered house cleaning, rides and peer group support programs. Such an awesome organization that was supportive, checked in on me, and made me feel that I always had someone to lean on if I needed it. PRG in one word? Outstanding!

Lauren Seal

Blue Ash
For about 10 years, I have organized different fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness. In 2017, our focus was clear. A colleague who had fought breast cancer the year before asked if we could raise money for Pink Ribbon Girls because they are a local organization that touched many of the people in our community including herself. We did so with great success.
Fast forward a year, and it was me who diagnosed with Stage 1B breast cancer at age 40. I couldn’t believe this was happening. I was young, healthy and had a family. With a major surgery and later radiation, I needed help and support. I contacted the PRG staff and they helped arrange house cleaning and meals. Today, I am healthy and recovering with a 97.5% chance of non-reoccurrence.

This has been the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but what I will remember is the support from all around me. My family and friends all jumped to help, pray and support. Pink Ribbon Girls provided support to a stranger and does so to many strangers in need. They really make sure “No one walks this road alone.”

Chasity Metz

Fairfield
I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at 39 years old. On October 9th, 2018, I underwent Bilateral Mastectomies with Immediate DIEP Flap Reconstruction. It was a 9-hour surgery and a long recovery. I have two beautiful children and a husband, who was my rock throughout everything. In the beginning of my journey, I was connected to Pink Ribbon Girls. They offered me meals, house cleaning and peer support. I didn’t take any services at first because I had so much support already.

However, by December, I was feeling alone and scared. Not because I didn’t have support. My support was and is amazing. I just needed someone who could relate with me, understood what I and my family were going through. So, I reached out when I saw they had a Coffee Talk coming up. I attended my first event and left refreshed with a new hope for the future. I met survivors of all ages and stages. For the first time I understood, “No One Travels This Road Alone.”

Come March, it was time for a second surgery. PRG stepped in and provided my family with three delicious meals for each family member a week, at no cost. A chef prepares the meals, packs them in dry ice and ships them. On Monday, Rush Delivery would deliver them. My daughter was able to bring them inside and put them away.

Cancer takes so much away from us. Pink Ribbon Girls have given me independence to care for my family and friends to keep me motivated.

Agnes Spurlock

Cincinnati
My original breast cancer scare was in 1971 (six weeks after my second daughter was born). I was 24. As a mother of two little girls under the age of three, I was terrified and my doctors didn’t seem to want to talk about it. Luckily, the tumor was benign.

Because my mother had a mastectomy in 1977, doctors started my mammograms when I was 35. No issues until 2007, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks before Christmas. Doctors did a lumpectomy followed with seven weeks of radiation treatment.

Two weeks after my annual mammogram in 2011, I discovered a knot…my cancer was back. I chose to have a mastectomy with no reconstructive surgery because my daughter had just undergone life-threatening stage-4 colon cancer surgery and already taking chemo. She was my first priority, so my decision was an easy one.

In 2018, doctors diagnosed my severe back pain and constant vomiting as stage-4 breast cancer. Cancer had metastasized and was scattered throughout the bones in my body.
Within a month, I had simple back surgery, completed radiation treatments, and started aggressive chemo. My body couldn’t tolerate the chemo, and I was literally sick 24/7. After a lot of consideration and prayer, I chose to stop the chemo. It wasn’t going to cure me and was filling my days with nothing but sickness, stress, and anxiety.

Cancer is so scary, takes so much energy, and requires so much strength. PRG offers caring assistance to lighten the load. The delicious meals and the house cleaning services were there for me when I was feeling alone and in desperate need.

I am so grateful for the PRG organization for providing free direct services of healthy meals, housecleaning, rides to treatment, and peer support so that No One Travels This Road Alone. It is an amazing organization.

PRG allowed me to find a new way to fight, another way to cope through acceptance. By remaining optimistic, and focusing on helping others, hope can be found in the midst of dealing with any illness, even when it’s cancer.

Every one of us is knee-deep in this big mess of a life together. We are not alone unless we choose to be. Bad times may continue, but consider the periods filled with hope, energy, smiles, laughter, and joy. Oh, and don’t forget the LOVE; the love of people who have touched our lives and forever changed us. Thank you, Pink Ribbon Girls!

Jessica House

Maineville
I was diagnosed with breast cancer (stage 2 Invasive ductal carcinoma) in May 2019 at the age of 37. I am the first in my family to be diagnosed. I have two amazing daughters and an incredible better half, who are my reason for being and who I have continued to stay positive and strong for. I was introduced to PRG by my healthcare team and I have utilized the cleaning service and the meal deliveries. It was such a comfort to know those resources were out there and that the PRG women were so supportive and compassionate! It made my hard days from chemo less stressful, knowing I didn’t have to worry about feeding the family or a having a dirty house. My focus could be on resting and healing instead. My fight isn’t quite over yet, but I know I will win at the end!

Jan Middleton

Maineville
I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer and was looking to connect with other local survivors that were similar in age to me. I heard about PRG peer support and started participating in the program. Since the other services were not available at that time, I only utilized the peer support. I would have used the other services if available. We were new to the Cincinnati area with no family. My kids were 3 and 11 at the time of my diagnosis, and my husband traveled for his job. I will never say that my cancer diagnosis was a blessing or a gift, but the people that cancer has brought into my life are a huge blessing. Through my job at PRG, I have met survivors, volunteers and donors that have the most amazing and giving spirits. They inspire me every day! PRG is like a family to me; I have met so many friends who have become family to me through PRG.

Mary Floyd

Dayton
I was diagnosed with breast cancer and found out about PRG through another woman I had met at the doctor’s office where I was getting radiation. She gave me the number and PRG responded right away! I utilized the rides and meals; my favorite meal was the orange chicken. PRG Transportation has really made a difference in my journey with breast cancer. Through the rides to treatment my drivers (Shawn and Kim) inspired me and kept me going. They were very uplifting, had great conversations, they listened to me and gave me great advice. If I could describe PRG in one word that would be: AWESOME!

Judy Jenings

Maineville
I was diagnosed with Stage 3B lobular breast cancer in 2014. This type of breast cancer can be very difficult to diagnose because it does not typically present as a lump…it is mesh or branch-like, and only 10-15 percent of breast cancers fall in this type.

In March of 2018, it was discovered that my breast cancer had metastasized during a routine colonoscopy.

Pink Ribbon Girls appeared in my life in 2014 through my breast surgeon. I have enjoyed the wonderfully prepared healthy meals made by Scratch that are delivered to my door weekly. Living independently and alone during much of my recovery after three hospitalizations, it is comforting to know that PRG is there to help with housekeeping and providing transportation to cancer-related medical appointments. Feeling I’m not alone through this journey is so important. After attending a coffee talk six months ago, I have found other survivors that are empathetic and supportive.

Supporting their fundraising efforts now and in the future is a choice and a pleasure. My hope is to help others learn more about positive options around breast cancer treatment in some small way through Pink Ribbon Girls. In one word, I would describe Pink Ribbon Girls as compassionate.

Erlinda Romano (Linn)

Dayton
I was diagnosed with breast cancer and heard about Pink Ribbon Girls during my treatment from my social worker. I used all four services, rides, meals, house cleaning, and peer support. It is hard to say what my favorite meal was because I lost my taste buds, but the meatloaf was good! PRG has been very impactful throughout my journey. Without PRG, I would have been lost. They are very supportive and good people! If I could describe PRG in one world it would be: FAMILY!

Heather Evans

Dayton
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. I was one of those eight; I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer found on a routine mammogram in April of 2018. I was encouraged by a friend to get in contact with PRG. They provided meals for my family and me during treatment. We all agree that the mac and cheese was the favorite!

I have also made new friends through PRG. The support system is full of women who understand this journey. PRG has been a blessing to me and my family. Without the support, love, and generosity of the community, PRG would not be successful. Thank you. No one travels this road alone…

Mia Fields

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and found out about Pink Ribbon Girls through my employer of 24 years, Klosterman Baking Company. I was able to focus on my recovery because Pink Ribbon Girls made that possible by providing me with meals, house cleaning and transportation. I didn’t have to cook, I didn’t have to clean and I didn’t have to worry about getting to and from chemo treatments. I have been cancer-free for three years and counting, and I wear pink lipstick every day in honor of breast cancer awareness and a reminder of the kindness and compassion of Pink Ribbon Girls.