, February 20, 2017 | More Post by

My name is Robin and I am a Board Member and also a volunteer for Here For the Girls. I am not a Boober!; never had breast cancer; have no immediate or even distant relatives who have had breast cancer. I have, however, watched several co-workers and the wife of a good friend die from this horrific disease. My husband Steve is also a very active volunteer and supporter of Here For the Girls. He sports a pink ribbon tattoo and is thrilled to answer when someone asks why. The assumption is always he has lost a mother/wife/sister/daughter to breast cancer. Nope to all. In addition, we have pulled in our daughter Kari and son-in-law John as volunteers for H4TG!

Our relationship with Beyond Boobs! began five years ago. As the charity of choice for Steve’s motorcycle club, we sometimes spent 12 hours a day on the weekends raising money at every fair and festival during the spring and summer. Nothing better than a bunch of bikers sporting pink tutu’s and boas, asking folks to support an organization called Beyond Boobs! Some of the ensuing conversations were priceless!! The money raised by the motorcycle club funded a Beyond Boobs! Retreat for the Boobers. I was honored to be asked to be a “kitchen fairy” at one of these retreats (and continue to do so) and I can honestly say it changed my life.

During that first retreat, I watched the ladies attend seminars on topics such as healthy eating, painting, aroma therapy, exercise, team building on the beach, etc. Some of these warriors were going through chemo, which had left them bald and ill; some were 2 years out; some 10 years out. They laughed, cried, sang, hugged, yelled, – and jumped in the cold Atlantic Ocean, after dark, holding onto each other – 30 strong! I will never, ever forget the joy and laughter on their faces as they ran back into the house; wet, cold; but fully and totally alive. It was during this retreat that it dawned on me that these were young women in the prime of their lives, hit with devastating news, yet living and loving like all of us should be doing. Feeling sorry for themselves – uh, no way! Too much living left to do to be bogged down in pity!!

The goodness, kindness, and fierce support Here For the Girls has for the Boobers! is unparalleled in any other organization with which I have worked. The Boobers! themselves build each other up by offering love, friendship, unwavering support, 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.  For all of these reasons, and many more, I love this organization and all it does for the ladies.

The assumption for many is that you volunteer or invest in an organization because you have been personally impacted by the “cause.” I am here to tell you nothing could be further from the truth. You invest because of the mission, the impact, the good, the hope, the difference it makes in the lives of those in need. That is why I totally support Here For the Girls… because they truly are “Here For the Girls…”

So remember, every day is a celebration… sometimes you enjoy it by yourself; or enrich your soul when you share it with others.

  • Debbie Gingras
    Posted at 23:25h, 21 February

    Excellent article. I can say I have had the pleasure to ride beside you, cry and laugh beside you. You have a heart of gold and always have the right thing to say. You are a gem and I am very glad you are part of the team. Thank you for all that you do for us survivors.

    • Robin
      Posted at 12:14h, 23 February

      Love you… Always happy to spend time with you!!!

  • Karen Red
    Posted at 01:25h, 22 February

    Great blog post Robin. As you know, I have been profoundly impacted by this horrific disease; my mother is now a 17 year survivor (can I get a woot!?) and I lost my beloved sister, Jan, 8 years ago. I have been through BRAC testing and a 5 year study group to test the drug Evista as well as mammograms, ulira sounds and MRIs too numerous to mention. I am proud to call you my friend.

    • Robin
      Posted at 12:15h, 23 February

      Thank you for the kind words, Karen! I love me some Beyond Boobs!!!

  • Kristi Buckman
    Posted at 08:38h, 22 February

    Nicely said and you and Steve are treasured by BB! Both for all you do, but mostly because of the wonderful hearts you both possess. Thank you for ALL you both have done and continue to do to support the many women of BB!

    • Robin
      Posted at 12:17h, 23 February

      Thank you for your kind words. You know I love BB and love the time I get to spend with everyone. But you, Sweetheart, are truly an inspiration for all… Love you…

  • Christy
    Posted at 18:57h, 22 February

    Robin, we are so grateful for all you and Steve do for us Boobers! Thank you for your fierce devotion to us and the organization!

    • Robin
      Posted at 12:19h, 23 February

      Christy – thank you so much. It is so, so easy for Steve and I to be a part of this awesome organization. I am so, so happy that we get to keep up on FB… Thanks for all you do to spread the wonderful BB message out there in Texas!!

  • Ahawn
    Posted at 10:23h, 23 February

    Robin – you and Steve are rock stars and I feel blessed to have you in my corner. Thanks for all the love and support. You are greatly appreciated.

    • shawn
      Posted at 10:25h, 23 February

      Ok. I typed an error in my name of all things. Ha ha ha.

    • Robin
      Posted at 12:34h, 23 February

      Love you so much “Ahawn…” No matter what you choose to call yourself today!!! LOL!! Thanks for the kind words. BB is so, so important to us… just knowing how much it give to the ladies is just plain awesome!!! Love you!

  • Joyce Sargent
    Posted at 11:27h, 23 February

    Wow so inspiring! Thank you for all that you do.

    • Robin
      Posted at 12:36h, 23 February

      Thanks, Joyce. I am so, so thankful for the opportunity to work with such an awesome organization, and get to meet some fabulous warriors!!!