Mission Moment | Arnel
"Meeting other breast cancer Survivors who really understood what I was physically and emotionally going through, encouraged me to stay strong and positive throughout my journey."
After an annual mammogram in June 2022, Arnel was called back for a follow-up 3D ultrasound, then biopsy. Soon after, her pathology report confirmed Stage 1, Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. The good news was that it was small and caught early, and a lumpectomy was scheduled. However... [..] Read more
Donor Spotlight | Adrienne
"With a breast cancer diagnosis comes many challenges, but also many blessings, and one of my greatest blessings was a free ticket to The Pink House."
Diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2017, Adrienne heard about CBF from a friend. On a whim, she stopped by for a visit in between doctors appointments one day. She just wanted a peaceful place to sit and be still for a moment, and the Healing Garden served as ... [..] Read more
Volunteer Spotlight | Magbis
"I enjoy connecting wellness with the Latino culture. Engaging bicultural professionals within our programs creates an atmosphere where everyone feels open to share their experiences."
At the heart of La Casa Rosada con Latinas, a Latina support group hosted at The Pink House, stands Magbis Love, a dedicated volunteer who has illuminated the path of care for Latina breast cancer Survivors. Introduced to La Casa by a patient navigator at Levine Cancer Institute, Magbis's ... [..] Read more
Donor Spotlight | Aniston
"I am very excited about the amount of money I raised to give to support all these people."
Aniston is only 10 years old and she's already making an incredible impact in her community. For the fifth year in a row, Aniston set up a lemonade stand in her community to raise money for a nonprofit organization. This year, she chose Carolina Breast Friends as the recipient. "Knowing lots of special people in my ... [..] Read more
Mission Moment | Brittany
"I am not great at asking for help, so it's been really powerful to know there is this amazing community of women within reach."
Brittany's journey with breast cancer began in December 2021, just after her 30th birthday. Her gynecologist detected the lump during her annual visit, catching it in the early stages. With a triple-positive diagnosis, Brittany underwent chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, and radiation. During her chemotherapy, Brittany received a Comfort Bag ... [..] Read more
Volunteer Spotlight | Ellen
"I love spending time at The Pink House...the cause is close to my heart and the work feels important and meaningful."
In the realm of volunteering, there are individuals who go above and beyond to make a difference. One such remarkable person is Ellen Kobus, a breast cancer Survivor who found her calling as a volunteer at CBF. Having triumphed over breast cancer as a Survivor for five years, Ellen recognized CBF as the ... [..] Read more
Welcome Ashly Dollar, Director of Programs & Volunteers
We are delighted to announce the newest addition to our organization, Ashly Dollar, who will be joining us as the Director of Programs & Volunteers. Ashly brings with her a wealth of experience and a deep-rooted passion for helping others.
With over 15 years of experience in healthcare, Ashly's expertise will be invaluable in expanding our session offerings for Survivors & Thrivers. Her dedication to serving the community is evident through her extensive ... [..] Read more
Volunteer Spotlight | Lisa
"The moment I became acquainted with CBF, I was instantly captivated by the profound impact it had on the local community... It is a privilege to witness the strength and resilience of individuals from various walks of life, united in their journey of triumph over breast cancer."
As a Charlotte native, Lisa has always valued dedicating her time to serving the community. In high school, while studying at the North Carolina School of Science & ... [..] Read more
Mission Moment | Shirley
"I'm not a very sociable person, but these ladies (at The Pink House) pulled something out of me that I just kind of hold in a lot. It made me feel comfortable about sharing what has happened to me."
June's Mission Moment was written by Alicia Roberts, CBF VolunteerAs Shirley H. Howie waited for the results of a series of mammograms and then a biopsy last year, she remembers feeling scared. Really, really ... [..] Read more
Mission Moment | Vinita
"It was like a huge hug. It was a like a relief. I found family, care, compassion and concern every time I went to The Pink House. Those doors were open, and people were there to help me."
May's Mission Moment was written by Alicia Roberts, CBF Volunteer When she first heard about The Pink House, Vinita Simmons' initial reaction was, "Nope, I'm not going there." That was before she earned her counseling ... [..] Read more
Volunteer Spotlight | Ginger
"The work [Carolina Breast Friends] does is truly inspiring... Our community is so fortunate to have such an amazing organization. I feel honored to be a part of it."
Ginger Seabrook is a volunteer that's helping us with... well... volunteers. Earlier this year Ginger raised her hand as someone who could help coordinate and track sign-up opportunities for volunteers. Since then, she has been making sure we have enough volunteers to help with ... [..] Read more
Mission Moment | Stephanie & Louise
"I never had anyone that I really could connect with. ... it was so comforting to talk to someone who was familiar with what you're experiencing."
April's Mission Moment was written by Alicia Roberts, CBF VolunteerFor many breast cancer survivors who participate in the Mentoring Program at The Pink House, finding that person who understands what you're thinking and feeling is what it's all about.That's why Louise McArthur feels so ... [..] Read more
Donor Spotlight | Mood House
"CBF is one of those pillar organizations in the community. When we honed in to focus on breast cancer as a cause important to us as an organization, working with CBF was a no-brainer."
Cristina Wilson--founder of Mood House, a "home for stress-melting massage" in Dilworth--understands the importance of recharging your mind and body within a setting that fosters community and a sense of home. Considering the setting at The Pink ... [..] Read more
Volunteer Spotlight | Darylene
"Navigating stage IV cancer is daunting, so anything that can reduce that stress is an amazing thing to be part of."
Carolina Breast friends (CBF) is proud to offer a mentoring program, where someone experiencing breast cancer is matched with someone that has a similar diagnosis but who is further down the road in navigating the journey. We're also proud to have devoted mentors like Darylene Finkelstein who share their time and personal insight. ... [..] Read more
Our Historic Milestone & the History-Making Woman Who Started it All
March is Women's History Month, yet the entire year of 2023 is a historic milestone for Carolina Breast Friends! We are celebrating our 20th year serving our mission! And it all started with a history-making woman whose dream began everything we have become: our founder Kristy Adams-Ebel. Kristy was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. She quickly recognized that part of her ability to cope with the struggle depended ... [..] Read more
Donor Spotlight | Rich and Bennett
"My late business partner, Jeff Bennett, discovered CBF when a close family member had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and it became clear that CBF should be a charity partner of ours."
For the past several years... and according to Rich Saner, for the foreseeable future... CBF is the charity partner for the Rich and Bennett Halloween Pub Crawl. The October timing of Breast Cancer Awareness month and the very popular Charlotte pub crawl make ... [..] Read more
Now Hiring | Director, Programs & Volunteers
It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that we announce Carrie Williams, Director of Programs & Volunteers, has resigned from her position at Carolina Breast Friends.
It is an understatement to say that Carrie has been a tremendous asset to our organization over the past year. She has introduced several new and innovative programs for our Survivors & Thrivers and established a robust group of volunteers and volunteer opportunities. We will miss Carrie's ... [..] Read more
Mission Moment | Erin
"It makes you feel good to have others around you who are going through the same thing and understand."
March's Mission Moment was written by Alicia Roberts, CBF VolunteerTechnically, Erin Lind met Ann Nelson well before she ever stepped foot in The Pink House.In the aftermath of her first breast cancer diagnosis in July 2014 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in her right breast, which was treated with a lumpectomy and radiation Erin ... [..] Read more
Volunteer Spotlight | Sherry
"It means so much to me to donate my time for the benefit of other people that are so brave--whether they are fighting the fight, surviving, and/or thriving."
Sherry has lived in Charlotte for over ten years and often drove by The Pink House. It always piqued her curiosity as she has lost loved ones to breast cancer."I looked up Carolina Breast Friends and loved what I read about it," says Sherry. ... [..] Read more
Donor Spotlight | High Tide Hospitality
"We have loved learning about the many services offered by CBF and seeing how our dollars make a difference."
In the fall of 2022, High Tide Hospitality, who owns and operates Sea Level, Ace No. 3 and The Waterman, were interested in supporting a local breast cancer non-profit. They heard about CBF through word of mouth and reached out with some ideas about how to support the mission for Breast Cancer Awareness month."Nearly ... [..] Read more
Volunteer Spotlight | Myers Park High School Think Pink Club
"For us, volunteering for CBF is utterly inspiring. Serving the breast cancer community is always fulfilling, yet having the opportunity to build friendships with the Survivors, Thrivers, and amazing CBF staff is something we know we will cherish forever. This community is supportive, strong, and truly incredible."
Myers Park High School's Think Pink Club was created just before 2020 with the goal of supporting Carolina Breast Friends through volunteer opportunities and drives to collect ... [..] Read more
Donor Spotlight | Darlene
"Giving back to CBF means that their loving work can continue to help women just like me."
The greatest testament to our mission is when Survivors & Thrivers return their thanks by giving back. This is exactly the case for Darlene, who was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in-situ in December of 2021 and underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy. Her surgeon's nurse suggested she call The Pink House. "What I needed most was just ... [..] Read more
Mission Moment | Colette
"A common theme is that we lose our friends when we get diagnosed with cancer and go through it. I lost two really good friends. ... [so] I am so glad I found this place. At The Pink House, nobody judges."
January's Mission Moment was written by Alicia Roberts, CBF VolunteerWhen asked to choose a theme song for her breast cancer journey, Colette Wagoner didn't hesitate to name "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" ... [..] Read more
Volunteer Spotlight | Ana Lucía
"My heart is full every time I get a chance to serve this community. I am always in awe of the stories, the courage and the determination of the women I meet during my visits...I receive as much, or more, than what I give."
Ana Lucía Divins is a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) and a Reiki Practitioner. As a CMP, Ana Lucía provides therapeutic music by the bedside of patients with various conditions at ... [..] Read more