Carolina Breast Friends extends its gratitude to Melonee Hostetler, who finished her tenure as Executive Director on Friday, November 10th. Her hard work and dedication helped advance the mission in significant ways for two years following her time as a board member and volunteer. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors and will build on her efforts to move the organization forward.
Our search for a new Executive Director begins immediately, and we're fortunate to have a talented Pink House team to help manage all of our programs during the transition. Krista Barry, our Director of Programming and Volunteer Management, will assume management of operational processes. Amber Tracewell, Director of Development and Outreach, and Pam Young, Director of Marketing and Communication, have assumed additional responsibilities during the transition and are working closely with Krista to ensure all of Carolina Breast Friends' programming and operations [..] Read more
It's the season of thanks, and at Carolina Breast Friends we have so many things for which we're thankful.
We are thankful for every person who walks through our door newly diagnosed and looking for a soft place to land. We are thankful for all the longtime Survivors who continue to use our programs to connect, and who are always willing to mentor others who are facing what they have already faced.
We are also filled with gratitude for the outpouring of support we received last month during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (See story). Businesses including Advanced Residuals, Brighton Collectibles, Capizzi, MD Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care, David Weekly Homes, Kendra Scott, Seoul Meat Company, [..] Read more
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are celebrating BIG with the help of many community supporters and partners who are sharing our information, honoring breast cancer Survivors and raising money to support our mission and work. For that, we couldn't be more grateful!
With so many special events and opportunities happening all over town this month to benefit Carolina Breast Friends, you can easily make plans to shop, eat, and socialize in a way that also celebrates this special month. For example, just last week Seoul Food Meat Company in South End had a give-back night by donating 10% of dinner and special drink sales to us, and Kendra Scott held their Winter Launch party in our honor and donated 20% of their sales to us!
Here are some highlights of upcoming events that benefit Carolina Breast Friends:
All month long, Brighton Collectibles at Southpark Mall is running [..] Read more
On Saturday Sept 30, the 8th Annual Pink Boots Ball took place at the Ritz-Carlton, drawing close to 400 people for an elegant night of fun and philanthropy to benefit the mission and work of Carolina Breast Friends.
Why is it called the "Pink Boots" Ball? When our founder, Kristy Adams-Ebel was rediagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, her husband gave her a pair of pink cowboy boots to kick the heck out of cancer. And she did just that for the next year and a half, wearing the boots proudly and often! Today those boots reside in a place of honor at the Pink House, and they're also the namesake for the Ball.
However, if you didn't know the back story, you might think it's called the Pink Boots Ball because of the way guests kick up their heels on the dancefloor when the band starts to play! In fact, throughout the evening spirits were high and the room was full of energy for a good cause: celebrating [..] Read more
At the heart of Carolina Breast Friends' existence is the importance of connecting breast cancer survivors with one another. In 2003, our founder, Kristy Adams-Ebel recognized that part of her ability to cope and thrive depended on communing with fellow Survivors.
As we grow as an organization, part of connecting Survivors for support and empowerment means reaching out to diverse populations. That's why we are excited to be collaborating with Latina community leaders to launch La Casa Rosada Con Latinas (the Pink House with Latinas). The vision of this recurring program at the Pink House is to reach and empower women in the Latin community who are affected by breast cancer.
The idea began through our connection to Lorna, a Nurse Navigator from Levine Cancer Institute. Lorna has a strong passion for helping Latina women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. From there, our Director of Programming and [..] Read more
Breast cancer affects not just the person diagnosed, but also her or his partner. This is why we call spouses, partners and close family members "co-Survivors." It is also why we're beginning to expand some program support to co-Survivors, to help them navigate the experience for themselves as well as for the partners to whom their support is so vital.
Toward that end, we recently added Tim Gilland, whose wife is a breast cancer survivor, to our mentoring program. Tim has long been a supporter of Carolina Breast Friends, helping us with numerous projects--most recently putting some "sweat equity" into installing a banner on the grounds of the Pink House. In his role in our mentoring program, he'll be available to provide perspective and support to other co-survivors.
As Tim puts it, "I look forward to the opportunity to help a co-survivor have a voice and find his or her role in this challenging journey. There's not much information on what a spouse or partner [..] Read more
The breast cancer experience is a very personal journey, but that does not have to mean that it's a solitary one. At Carolina Breast Friends, we know the value of talking to and learning from those who have been down that road themselves. When our Survivorship Committee recently gathered, we asked them to reflect on and share three things that were particularly helpful on their journey. Here is what some of them had to say.
Associate yourself with positive, uplifting people and situations. Remove negative situations and people from your life. You may have to love some people from a distance.
Have at least one person that you trust and can go to at any time to talk openly.
Allow yourself to feel whatever you feel. There are no rules. There is no right or wrong way to feel.
Scripture and prayer really increased my faith throughout my journey.
The support of family and friends was [..] Read more
The lights, the music, the costumes, the judges' scores, the cheering crowd . . . and spectacular dancing! This year's Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte to Benefit the Pink House had it all and then some--all focused on raising funds to help Carolina Breast Friends serve women and men with breast cancer.
Brimming with glitz, glamour and fancy footwork, the event dazzled the 1000+ people who turned out for the two performances Saturday, April 29th, at Blumenthal's McGlohan Theater. Said audience member Ryan Reamer, "I expected a fun show, but what I experienced blew me away! There was such professionalism and also such heart. I came away entertained but also ready to tell everyone about the support happening at the Pink House."
Said another audience member, "It moved me that so many of the dancers, judges and the emcees had personal connections to breast cancer or other cancer. That added a [..] Read more
One of the most sensitive - questions we get at the Pink House is from people whose spouses or partners have been newly diagnosed with Breast
They want to know how they can help and support their spouse through this life-changing diagnosis and the ensuing treatment.
How can they help their partner cope with the changes that are happening to her body?
What you never expected and never wanted to happen has just become all too real and all too personal to both of you. As much as you might want to wish it away, to reset everything back to the way it was before, you can't. There are, however, many things that you can do to make the process easier for your spouse and yourself. Dr. Jodi will be at the Pink House, March 14th to help open those discussions. Meet and Greet is at 6:00 pm, the program begins at 6:30 pm. [..] Read more