PRMA Support Spotlight: Pink Warrior Advocates
Continuing our weekly support spotlight, we are joined with Jen Reynolds from Pink Warrior Advocates (previously known as Pink Warrior Angels-Hill Country). You can catch the replay of our interview here:
Can you please tell us more about your organization?
Pink Warrior Advocates (PWA) is a local breast cancer nonprofit here
in the Hill Country area. We mainly service those with need via our financial aid grants. We provide $10,000 a month in financial assistance to help those that are going through a breast cancer diagnosis. We also make our mastectomy kits; we do mastectomy bras and also our knitted knockers. We also have our newest program which is our MetaWish program where we grant wishes for women who have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
How did this organization get started?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 33 years old. While I was going through all that I just felt so alone. I felt like there wasn’t enough support out there for women who had been diagnosed and I tried finding support myself and I struggled with that. It was kind of a progression…I started making my mastectomy pillows and mastectomy drain bags and I started writing my blow. When I started writing my blog I noticed that many women were reaching out to me and really appreciated the raw honesty that I was giving and not sugarcoating things but also the positivity behind it and so I just realized that there was more the need for that in the community. We started the organization with the idea that it was going to be more of a support group and then there was
such a need for it that we were we were able to start doing fundraisers and galas and raising money leading us to then being able to give back funds. I’m really excited about where we’re at now and the fact that we’re able to help out in the capacity that we do.
You mentioned the $10,000 monthly financial grants, what all does that cover?
It covers just about everything. The only exception is we will not pay credit card bills or write a direct check to somebody. But we’ll pay medical bills, co-pays, living expenses, groceries, if people need rides to treatment we’ll arrange that…it really is anything that we can do to
help make someone who’s going through their journey a little bit easier. That’s our main goal! We know that breast cancer diagnosis is a huge burden and the financial burden can be astronomical and life-changing and so we want to make that journey as easy as possible emotionally and financially.
If someone is interested in reaching out to your organization how can they contact you?
Previously known as Pink Warrior Angles-Hill Country, Pink Warrior Advocates is a non-profit that directly assists those that have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the Hill Country and surrounding areas.