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Welcome to our new blog series, “Mission Moment!” It’s a snapshot of the impact our mission and programs have on the women we serve. If you have any questions about Here for the Girls support services and programs, email the program team at support@hereforthegirls.org!

We are always striving for new ways to live our mission, so the program team tried something new this year. We hosted our first-ever retreat just for women living with stage IV breast cancer, and all we can say is WOW! The event was excellent and offered our women important information and extra support, but there is one moment that continued to touch the staff long after the event was over.

While seated in an intimate garden on the water with the peaceful sounds of the harp playing in the background, our attention was immediately grabbed when the harpist began singing, “H4TG, H4TG, provides love and support for me.” The women gathered even closer than before, wrapping their arms around each other in a way that said, “I understand what you are feeling like no one else can.” The feeling our women shared in this moment is one we will keep in our minds as we continue to find new ways to offer support to our women.

If you are a woman diagnosed with breast cancer under 51 and currently living with stage IV breast cancer, we encourage you to attend next year’s “You’re in Charge” retreat! Keep an eye out for more information in 2020.

  • Charlene Cattoi
    Posted at 12:06h, 22 July

    That retreat was amazing
    Meeting others that knew my feelings
    Was awesome!
    Thank you for the wonderful time

  • Rene Bowditch
    Posted at 08:11h, 29 July

    I just have to add to this post by sharing the honest, heartfelt assessment of our first-ever retreat just for our metastatic young women that one of the participants posted on FB afterward:
    ““I am so full from this retreat. I was hesitant about attending because I didn’t want it to be sad and depressing. I was assured that is wouldn’t be. Guess what, ladies? It was none of that. Sure we cried, but we also laughed. We built a fortress among ourselves and agreed to be there for one another. Wait, let me clarify. We are all here for those that didn’t attend also… I drew tons and tons of strength from you all and I am so thankful to have shared these days with you. Love you all to pieces — broken and put back together!” Sharon Carver, Florida Beyond Boobs!

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