In her role as Vice President of Advancement at Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Sandy Martin works directly with the community of individual donors and corporate partners whose financial support allows us to further our mission of connecting people to trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.
One of the things that I often admire most about the work we do at LBBC is the level of commitment to our mission that is shared by our constituency. Recently, I was able to reflect again about how deep that commitment runs.
Over the last few weeks, as we have been preparing stories for our upcoming quarterly newsletter, Insight, this admiration struck me again. That’s because an article in our Spring 2015 edition will feature personal reflections by some of our supporters about what LBBC means to them as well as why they feel it is important to give back to our organization. One of these stories comes from Terry Frangiosa of Harleysville, Pennsylvania. Terry, while not diagnosed with breast cancer herself, has been a long-time LBBC supporter who says “I attended my first LBBC conference with my sister, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33. We were both shocked and frightened by the diagnosis, especially because she was so young. We left feeling empowered by the information we learned at that conference. As our knowledge grew our fear decreased and the conference became a part of my sister’s healing process. Donating to LBBC’s Guardian Angel program, a service that offsets conference registration fees for those experiencing economic hardship, is my way to help others access the information and support they need and to make a difference in their lives. I know attending that conference years ago did exactly that for my sister and family.”
Why does Terry support LBBC years later? In conversations with her, I know it is because she is confident that the women who come to rely on LBBC following a diagnosis and their families will receive the relevant information and support to help them make the best decisions for themselves and their families. LBBC is a place where they will find trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.
None of our work would be possible without the support of people like Terry – and many other generous donors. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our programs and services have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people – whether they are newly diagnosed, in treatment, living with a history of breast cancer or managing metastatic disease.
A gift to LBBC, in whatever amount, will ensure that LBBC is here for the next woman who needs our information and support after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Please support LBBC today by making a donation in whatever amount you’re able and help ensure that people affected by breast cancer will have immediate access to trustworthy resources all-year long.