hereforthegirls | We Are Here for the Girls
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WE ARE Here for the Girls

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer face unique challenges, yet specific resources are slim and peers can be difficult to find. Here for the Girls exists to ensure that no young woman has to make this journey without all the love, encouragement, and information possible from peers who understand.

We offer not-your-typical support through Beyond Boobs! (our community-based, in-person support) and Pink Link (our nationwide, 24/7, online support), Here for the Girls creates and serves an extended family of young survivors who help one another through diagnosis, treatment, and beyond.

We provide a network of women who share laughter and wipe tears; who show their scars and calm fears. These women help each other face their diagnoses and learn to live life with an exclamation point (!) instead of a period. We are Here for the Girls!

WHAT WE OFFER for the girls

We offer an intimate understanding because we have been there. With a focus on wellness, we provide a not-your-typical way of improving the quality of life of young women affected by breast cancer.

Post-traumatic stress | depression | aggressive cancer | advanced stage at diagnosis | fear of recurrence | balancing job and family responsibilities through treatment | premature menopause | infertility | poor body image | relationship changes | sexual dysfunction | fear of leaving young children motherless | dating or marriage uncertainties | financial crisis | severe chronic health conditions | isolation

When you are a young woman whose life has just been turned upside down by a breast cancer diagnosis, you have no idea that along with arduous surgeries and treatments, you may be facing additional challenges like the ones above, most of which are not an issue for older women with the disease. Here for the Girls is helping young survivors deal with these challenges.

OUR SUPPORT SERVICES for the girls

In the wild, when an elephant is sick or injured other elephants have been known to come alongside her and lean in to hold her up until she recovers or dies. The young women of Here for the Girls are each other’s elephants.

They understand like no one else can. They share hope, knowledge, and what questions to ask. They go to medical appointments and treatments together. They lean in to hold each other up, whether in-person or online, and create a sisterhood based on the friendships formed when they discover, as C.S. Lewis said, “What, you too? I thought I was the only one!”

 Learn more about our support services + resources

beyond-boobs

Beyond Boobs! offers community-based, in-person support in different states and growing.

pink-link-logo

Pink Link offers virtual support through 24/7 access to an online support community.

ABOUT Us

Here for the Girls, Inc. (H4TG) is a not-for-profit improving the lives of young women affected by breast cancer through support that’s not-your-typical – it’s transformational!

Breast cancer has a significantly greater impact on quality of life for young women. Our unique brand of support improves quality of life of the young women we serve by helping them move away from fear and uncertainty towards feeling confident, energized, and hopeful while helping them deal with the realities of the disease. We do this by nurturing a positive outlook, providing in-depth, not-your-typical support, and healing mind, body, and spirit – to help them live life with an exclamation point (!) instead of a period.

Beyond our in-person and virtual support programs, we embrace our young women and welcome them into the H4TG family. As in any family, sometimes our members need a phone call, an in-person hug outside a scheduled meeting, a visit, or extra information to help with day-to-day life. Together, our family mourns lost “sisters” and celebrates successes; we spread love and grow. Whatever support we can offer, we will, if it’s within our power. Because that’s what families do.

MEET OUR Team

mary-beth-gibson

Living the best life is about being a force for good and making a difference in my little corner of the world.

Mary Beth Gibson

Executive Director and Co-Founder
rene-bowditch

Life Goals: To practice forgiveness, not worry, and Luke 10:27

“Every day is a gift, a present to be opened.” R. Bowditch

Rene Bowditch

Board President and Co-Founder
chris-schwab

It is the gentleness and strength of our women, the tenacity and passion of our team, and the love and support from my family that inspire me to be Here for the Girls!

Chris Schwab

Managing Director
vicki-vawter

“I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in being strong, I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles” And that’s why I am here for the girls…

Vicki Vawter

Events and Community Relations Manager
victoria-riley

Life goal: persistency fueled by passion!

“Sometimes you need to step outside, get some fresh air and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.”

Victoria Riley

Business Development and Operations Manager
celia-styer

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass… but about learning how to dance in the rain.”

Celia Styer

Event and Program Operations Manager
ola-onawole

Family lives on: Ebi O ki i ku! I'm here for the girls because we form a family of strength.

Ola Onawole

Program Manager, Beyond Boobs!
desiree-parker

I want survivors to feel like they have all the tools and support they need to face this new chapter in their lives.

Desiree Parker

Program Manager, Pink Link and Virtual Connections
lisa-marshall

“It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope.”

Lisa Marshall

Volunteer Coordinator
good-health-fairy

Life goal: to scatter joy - it’s so healthy!

“A merry heart does good, like a medicine.”

The Good Health Fairy

Superhero of Health
Lisa Williams

``Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.`` - Kalidasa

Lisa Williams

Florida Team
Sharon Carver

TBD

Sharon Carver

Florida Team

OUR Values

The Here for the Girls family treasures love above all and nurtures positive relationships through trust, respect, and gratitude. We put people first to create an inclusive, accepting, and comforting environment. We bring hope to the serious and overwhelming topic of breast cancer through the healing humor and sassy, quirky style of Beyond Boobs! and through Pink Link’s soothing, restorative focus. We encourage everyone to approach life with an attitude of abundance; to overcome personal adversity through healing of mind and spirit. We meet the unique needs and challenges of the young women we serve, and inspire all to live life with an exclamation point (!) instead of a period. We aim for a balanced lifestyle that includes healthy choices for ourselves and our planet. We practice forgiveness and honesty, and value every moment.

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