Survivors On Purpose, Inc. gleefully welcomes North Texas Giving Day! It gives us a voice through a gigantic bullhorn. Survivors On Purpose, Inc. was founded in 2013. Our mission is focused on encouraging community responsiveness to Triple Negative Breast Cancer by focusing on breast health literacy through education, development of self-advocacy skills, community outreach, and lifestyle modifications. Our organization educates and empowers women impacted by triple-negative breast cancer and provides educational awareness to underserved women in our communities. Our ensuing goal is to eradicate breast health disparities and to advance cultural intelligence by promoting maternal and female adolescence well-being, ultimately changing the legacy of breast cancer.
The women and young ladies we serve are middle to lower income and underserved communities, especially women of color and other ethnic groups.
- About 10-20% of breast cancer patients are diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.
- (TNBC) Triple Negative Breast Cancer disproportionately strikes younger women, women of African, Latina or Caribbean descent, and those with BRCA1 mutations.
- Women who develop breast cancer under the age of 40 are more likely to have triple negative breast cancer than older women with breast cancer. Black women with breast cancer are more likely to have triple negative breast cancer than white women with breast cancer.
The biggest challenge we face today is getting the word out about us and what we do as we strive to make an impact in our communities. North Texas Giving Day provides that opportunity. People are watching us all the time. We know how to smile and look good in spite of our circumstances. However it’s import to teach our future generation how to fight, survive and win. No more are the days of keeping family secrets around cancer or any other life threatening conditions. Lets’ have those conversations. Let’s show our young ladies how to discover themselves, invest in and know their bodies early because unfortunately breast cancer diagnoses are becoming younger. We want to make it safe to tell our stories and share our journeys.
As a part of this education process Survivors On Purpose, Inc. reminds the ‘bandwagon’ community that breast cancer happens all year round, not just in October. Pink does not cure cancer, education does. Pink does not save lives, self-advocacy does. Pink is not only pretty, it’s personal. North Texas Giving Day in September brings home this point.
By Leslie Williams, Survivors On Purpose, Inc. founder
* Photo provided by Survivors On Purpose Inc.
In nine years, Communities Foundation of Texas‘ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $195 million into the North Texas community. In 2017, $39 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.
On Thursday, September 20, support Survivors On Purpose Inc. by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay