A light in the darkness for women with breast cancer
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. I had a great network of family and friends who supported me through seven surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. However, none of them could relate to the internal turmoil that often comes with a battle with cancer.”
That’s LaReisha McGee’s story. She works in integrated marketing communications here at General Mills. And, as a breast cancer survivor, she now serves on the board of directors of the Firefly Sisterhood.
Created to fill a missing need for women with breast cancer, Firefly Sisterhood is a new non-profit based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Its mission is to foster one-to-one connections between women newly diagnosed with breast cancer and survivors.
Breast cancer can be devastating, but with the support of someone who has been through treatment, surgery or reconstruction, the journey from diagnosis to hope can be less daunting.
“Our focus is on being on the ground in the community,” says LaReisha. “We make our matches locally and understand that women who are survivors have a desire to meet with one another. Family and friends fatigue is real and being able to take with someone who wears your same badge of honor is a gift.”
LaReisha is also trained as a “Guide” and has recently been matched with a woman who is newly diagnosed so she can walk with her through her treatment journey.
Initial funding for the organization was provided by Yoplait, who has a long history of supporting nonprofit organizations addressing breast cancer.
* Volunteer to help Firefly Sisterhood build and grow its programs.
* If you are a breast cancer survivor, volunteer as a Guide for a newly diagnosed woman.
* Learn more and donate at FireflySisterhood.org
“I came into contact with survivors on my treatment journey,” says LaReisha. “Talking to them about their experiences and seeing them thriving in life after their diagnosis was an inspiration to me and gave me hope.”
And now LaReisha hopes to pay it forward.
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