Our Purpose

Research shows that young women diagnosed with breast cancer face unique challenges compared to older women: they experience higher rates of depression and anxiety and lower quality of life; they often have young children and worry about the impact their diagnosis can have on their family; they face long-term treatment-related health problems that can include infertility, bone density loss, neuropathy, neurological damage, heart damage and more; their careers can be disrupted and their financial security upended; and they often experience intimacy and self-esteem problems that arise from treatment and the changes to their bodies.

 Here for the Girls was created to address the lack of support for these young women and to give them access to support from peers who understand what they’re going through.

Our Support

As a young woman with breast cancer, you will face unique challenges that we understand because we’ve been there too. You may discover that specific resources just for young women are few and peers can be difficult to find. That’s why we are Here for the Girls – to ensure that no young woman has to make this journey without all the love, encouragement, and information possible from peers who understand.

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

Get Involved

It takes a village to raise a non-profit, and we would be honored if you would become a member of our village. Here for the Girls has a variety of events for which we seek sponsors. Beyond grateful doesn’t begin to describe our appreciation for the individuals and businesses who entrust us with their donations.

Join Us for the 2020 Pink Carpet ‘Virtual’ Gala

We are going virtual! Our 14th Annual Pink Carpet Gala has been re-imagined with a twist! For the first time ever, we are offering virtual attendance to our gala on Saturday, September 26th.  We count on the Pink Carpet Gala as our largest source of individual donations for our program services every year, providing us with the resources necessary to provide social-emotional support for young women affected by breast cancer.

To ensure H4TG is able to continue our work of supporting young women with breast cancer, please make a donation to H4TG as you would have at the Gala. We are counting on your generosity to propel our work forward. We truly can’t do this without you!

Click here to learn more about the 2020 Gala!

Run for the Hills – Registration Now Open (Click here)

Learn more about how to get involved to help our mission

About Us

Here for the Girls (H4TG) is a not-for-profit improving the lives of young women affected by breast cancer. We do this by offering in-person support groups led by trained facilitators, various no-cost activities and events throughout the year, and robust virtual support.

Breast cancer’s negative impact on quality of life is significantly greater in younger women and for a longer time. Our special brand of loving, peer-based social and emotional support that improves the emotional well-being of our young women (diagnosed under 51) from diagnosis, through treatment, and beyond so no young woman has to make this journey without all the love, encouragement, and knowledge she needs from peers who understand. Through our support services, H4TG strengthens individuals, families, and, ultimately, communities.

Our Team


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

Executive Director

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


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


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

Director, Program + Operations

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

Celia Styer

Operations Manager

“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

Program + Community Outreach Manager

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

Communications Manager

Amanda Capozzi

Events + Development Manager

“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

Community Outreach Associate

Be a rainbow in somebody’s else’s cloud
-Maya Angelou

Amber Quillin

Office Coordinator

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

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

The Good Health Fairy

Superhero of Health

Karen Wilson

Fundraising and Marketing Manager

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.

Contact Us!

Contact us at info@hereforthegirls.org

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