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.
This special, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit women’s health organization was birthed as Beyond Boobs!, Inc. in 2007 by two survivors who experienced first-hand the lack of resources specifically designed to meet the unique needs of young women affected by breast cancer. So they brought together other young survivors in their hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia, to help each other turn their diagnoses into catalysts for positive transformation. This initial grassroots, in-person support group expanded into Beyond Boobs! Not-Your-Typical Support Systems in communities in different states, and it is growing. Vicki Tashman’s 2015 gift of the not-for-profit Pink Link, her online support community for breast cancer survivors, greatly extended the reach of their special style of support. With each retaining its own identity, Beyond Boobs! (in-person support) and Pink Link (online support) joined forces in 2016 under the name Here for the Girls, Inc. to reach more young women with their core offering, love.
Robin Wyatt – President
General Services Officer – Colonial Behavioral Health
Rene Bowditch – Secretary
Co-Founder – Here for the Girls, Inc.
Thomas A. Smith, Jr., CPA – Treasurer
Owner – Masters Accounting and Tax Services, Inc.
Newport News, VA
Michael A. Franks
Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer – TowneBank
Faye Petro Gargiulo
VP R&D – Riverside Health System
Newport News, VA
Kandice McGuire, MD
Chief of Breast Surgery – MCV/Massey Cancer Center
Linda McKee, MBA
Service Line Administrator for Oncology – Riverside Health System
Newport News, VA
Deirdra (Dee) Sanchez
Virginia Beach , VA
News Anchor/Reporter – Channel 13 News Now
Virginia Beach , VA
Director Business Analytics – Whitney, Bradley & Brown (WBB)
Virginia Beach , VA
Dennis Szurkus Jr., MD, MBA
Vice President, Medical Affairs – Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Ctr.
We aren’t just a team, we are a family that is dedicated to improving the lives of young women affected by breast cancer!
The Here for the Girls corporate office is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, and currently offers support services to young breast cancer survivors through Beyond Boobs! (in-person support in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas) and Pink Link (virtual support).
Interested in playing a more active role with H4TG? Consider becoming a H4TG Facilitator or Ambassador! Click here to get started! (Positions are based on current availability and geographical location. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.)
We’re looking to grow our fab facilitator teams in Richmond, VA, Newport News, VA, and Viera, FL! If you’re involved with a Beyond Boobs! group in one of those two areas and you’ve ever considered becoming a facilitator (or are curious about what the role entails), email us at email@example.com! We can answer your questions and get you started on the road to helping support other young survivors.
Click here to view the volunteer job description
Here for the Girls, Inc. (H4TG) is looking for a Fundraising and Marketing Manager to enhance and extend our organization’s fundraising efforts that support growth. The Fundraising and Marketing Manager supports community and organization-hosted fundraising events. This person will grow the donor base by prospecting, generating, and closing leads as well as maintain and build upon the existing stewardship of H4TG.
The Fundraising + Marketing Manager position closes on July 30. Click here for job description.
1309 Jamestown Rd., Suite 204
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Open Monday-Wednesday 8am – 5pm (Thursday + Friday by appointment only)
As a psychologist, it has been my privilege to have been involved with Here For the Girls/Beyond Boobs/Pink Link since its beginnings over a decade ago. I have watched it grow into an organization that provides an integrated support system that addresses the healing of mind, body, and spirit. Their attention to the needs of their members brings a compassionate, educated, and comprehensive view on the “Journey Beyond the Diagnosis”. This community of women continues to define how powerful and vibrant life can be whatever challenges one may face.
Sitting in chemo today I had a whole different perspective because of this weekend, instead of being ashamed I walked in proud of my bald head mainly because I wanted to show off my henna tattoo. This weekend showed me how many people can love me for who I am, the strength and energy I still have regardless of what I'm going through and that I can do anything. I'm so grateful for this opportunity and the people I've met and so happy to be a part of this group. Thank you to everyone that made our retreat a success. - Love, Hopper! ?
"In the spring of 2017, the students in my graduate level Nonprofit Law and Management course studied Here for the Girls, Inc. (H4TG) to analyze the ways H4TG used the rules and best practices we were studying to further its mission. In every aspect of the organization, from governance to finance to fundraising, the students saw a remarkably effective and inspiring organization. As one of the students stated, “The day Rene & Mary Beth [the co-founders] were in class I was fighting back tears as I heard about their organization’s work. H4TG is . . . [so] well managed, . . . [that] this process was mostly an example in how to go about running an organization well, and . . . how much work and care is required to carry this out well.”
My name is Robin and I am a Board Member and also a volunteer for “Here For the Girls.” The assumption from many is that you volunteer or invest in an organization because you have been personally impacted by the “cause.” I am not a Boober; never had breast cancer; have no immediate or even distant relatives who have had breast cancer. My relationship with H4TG began 5 years ago as a volunteer. I got to witness firsthand that the goodness, kindness, and fierce support H4TG has for the Boober’s is unparalleled in any other organization with which I have worked. The Boober’s themselves build each other up by offering laughter and sometime tears. For those of us who are fortunate enough to volunteer for this great organization, we get to meet and get to know the actual ladies – not some line item on a set of financials. As a result of my volunteer time, I knew I wanted to serve this wonderful organization in additional ways. I was honored when I was elected to the Board. Being on the Board is not a meeting, it is an adventure!!! I am reminded by H4TG… Every day is a celebration… enjoy it by yourself or more importantly, share it with others…
At Here for the Girls, we help women with a breast cancer diagnosis live their best lives; sadly, some of those lives are cut short by this disease. We love all the women we serve, and we aim to help honor their passing through our In Our Hearts life celebration program.
This program includes a memorial of the deceased on our In Our Hearts web page, inclusion of the lost loved one’s name in our annual ceremony, and inclusion in our annual In Our Hearts glass memorial sculpture.
“You may be gone from my sight, but you are never gone from my heart.”