Thankful and Grateful

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We are in the midst of the season of gratefulness and thankfulness which has us reflecting on this past year. We have experienced so much change and growth. Through regional, structural and administrative changes, it has been an emotional rollercoaster as we navigate these new waters but, it has been so full of good things!

As an organization, the number of clients we serve has doubled. Our metastatic clients are now at 60% of the total clients in our system. We are privileged to serve these families. We have lost some amazing women this year and it has rocked us to the core. That’s the hard part about this job; we love the clients. When you lose someone you love it hurts but we move forward, taking that hurt, and turn it into motivation to do more.

This spring we were able to bring on two new staff members to the corporate office. The original intent was to help lift the burden within the walls, but they have gone above and beyond the original expectations. Nichole Smith has done an amazing job coming up with new systems and processes that have made the growth much easier. Ashley Robison has been a master at social media and communications. Ashley is our social butterfly and you will see her popping up at events all over, just to be more involved in the PRG family. We are so thankful to each of them for stepping up.

Just a little over a year ago, Heather met some incredible people in St Louis, MO and talks of taking the mission outside of Ohio began. Today, that is a reality with the help of our Regional Director, Cory Smallwood! We are now serving 8-10 families per week in the St. Louis Region. We have a partnership with Schnuck’s grocery, who have donated 100% of the food and some other amazing donors in that area who are working with us to ensure St. Louis provides a place where “No one travels this road alone…”

Our Southwest Ohio/NKY and Midwest region staff have been absolute super heroes.  Southwest Ohio hosted more than 20 events in September and October. In our Midwest region, there were more than 25 third-party events thrown to benefit PRG in those two months. Both regions also hosted numerous Friday Night Pink Games. Our Ignite Dayton brought in a record amount of money all of which will be used to serve clients in the Midwest Ohio community. To top it all off, on November 8, Pink Ribbon Girls was honored to be named “Community Support of the Year” from the Dayton Business Journal.

We hired a new director in our Central Ohio region, Betsy Ralley, who has cultivated some amazing relationships with donors and supporters. To have feet on the ground in this region is a huge blessing and we are excited to see exponential growth.

Part of the team just returned from San Francisco Bay, CA to attend a fantastic corporate fundraiser for Pink Ribbon Girls. West coast, we are coming for you!

To say we are grateful is an understatement. To say we are thankful doesn’t even come close. In this season of giving, we look at all the support you have given us. We look at all of the time, money, resources you have gifted… yes GIFTED to us so that we can serve more clients and families. There are no words to express our gratitude. And, if you know our staff, having no words is statement enough!

Sarah GillenwaterComment