Introducing Rachel Pinkstone-Marx, the newest member of the Living Beyond Breast Cancer team. Rachel comes to LBBC with a variety of marketing skills. Best of all, as a certified yoga instructor, she’ll provide great insight for the planning of the Tenth Anniversary of Yoga on the Steps.
Joining the Marketing and Development team here at Living Beyond Breast Cancer was truly a matter of fate. How else do you explain an available position for a gal with a writing background, previous experience working for a non-profit, and a personal connection to the disease who is also a yoga teacher? Of course, that was not the exact criteria for the job, but I think it makes for a fantastic fit. Honestly though, my prior connection to the organization makes working here such a pleasure, and it’s because of that particular story that I know this is the place for me.
Five years ago I was introduced to a wonderful woman, Beatrice Marx, and five years ago, I was also introduced to LBBC. I never knew Bea without cancer, and yet she never let it define her. She was a woman focused on maintaining her quality of life and providing other women like her with an inspiring example of how to truly live with cancer. Her relationship with LBBC was a huge part of that and the resources that this organization provides made such a impact on her–whether it was while in treatment when she needed the help or during her strongest days as she volunteered on the helpline.
The message of LBBC, “empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life,” is why I am here and why I am happy to be here. Bea (who three years after our meeting became my mother-in-law) proved every day that she was a mother, a wife, a friend, a yoga teacher, a reiki-master, a novice knitter, a dog lover and so many other things WHILE she had cancer and the people here at LBBC helped her do just that. Walking through these doors every morning to be a part of that process—helping women living with breast cancer to live with confidence and courage—is an honor. Being able to give back to the community here at LBBC that proved its value one-hundred times over to my own family is worth more than I can mention. So I will pump up my support, I’ll ramp up my fundraising, and I will be here for those women—whether they’ve just been diagnosed, are five years in remission or living with metastatic cancer—because I’ve seen what this organization provides and I know I want to be a part of that. That’s the kind of serendipity that you don’t let pass you by.