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The Pink Daisy Project - Help For Young Women With Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer can happen to anyone at any age. Even though over 70% of women are 50 years of age and over there are many women that have died from this disease between the ages of 15 and 54. In the United States there are over 250,000 women that are 40 or younger having to deal with breast cancer.
The Pink Daisy Project is a non-profit organization that was started by Debbie Cantwell, from Bellevue, Washington, in 2008 offering support to breast cancer patients that are under the age of 45. Debbie is a breast cancer survivor and has helped over 150 women.
Cancer is devastating at any age but when you have young children to look after, are still in school, or just starting out in life, I believe being diagnosed with breast cancer is that much harder. I had my first mastectomy at the age of 29 and I can still remember the hopelessness that I felt. When I would go to the hospital for Chemotherapy I would always be the youngest person there.
There seems that there is more support for older people with breast cancer and if there had of been an organization such as The Pink Daisy Project when I was going through this terrible time in my life, I would have welcomed the support that they provide.
The Pink Daisy Project is there to help young women deal with many of the hardships of breast cancer and the treatments. For those that are in need of someone to talk to and that will understand what they are going through, these women are there to provide comfort and care. They offer housecleaning, shopping for groceries, meal preparation, assistance for costly prescriptions and more.
This organization gets money through donations, fundraisers and grants. In March of 2010, Pepsi Refresh Project awarded 25K to The Pink Daisy Project.
Debbie Cantwell has been nominated for CNN Heroes of 2011, every day people changing the world. If you would like to view the video of Debbie speaking about The Pink Daisy Project you can view it here. This woman is a true hero and in my opinion deserves to win this award in 2011.
The Pink Daisy Project website offers a way for more people to become involved through donations or if you or someone you know is need of help there is an application on the site that can be filled out. There is a forum where you can share your story with others or join in on a discussion group.