In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Q102 and Klosterman Baking Company—in support of Pink Ribbon Good—want to recognize the courage and determination it takes to fight this disease. Read on for why these local women, who volunteer or utilize Pink Ribbon Good's services, are Pink with a Purpose. And look for Klosterman Pink Loaves at a Kroger near you. No one travels this road alone!




In August 2022, I never thought cancer would be part of my story. A chance encounter, while volunteering at a back-to-school drive, set the stage for my breast cancer journey.

There was a mammogram bus there as part of the community-wide event. While chatting with a nurse, I mentioned an ingrown hair in my armpit and that I had never had a mammogram. We weren’t busy, so she suggested I have a mammogram done.

That unplanned mammogram changed everything. Within three weeks, I went from believing I had an ingrown hair to a stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis. I was in shock. Despite the challenges, I was lucky to avoid radiation and chemotherapy.

Pink Ribbon Good reached out, providing vital support and resources, such as rides to treatment and someone to talk to, as I navigated this challenging journey. Balancing motherhood with treatment was tough with six children to care for.

I was fortunate to have my fiancé Stanley Ooten as a vital support person at home, but was also thankful to receive support from survivors as well. PRG and the community it introduced me to made me feel less alone and more connected to something greater. PRG may not know you, but they are there for you.

My unexpected journey through breast cancer taught me the value of support and the strength I never knew I had and because of that I move forward with gratitude for each day. I have a renewed sense of strength and determination to help other fighters, especially those in the Spanish-speaking community.




During a routine procedure to check the condition of my fallopian tube after an ectopic pregnancy ruptured the previous year, my doctor found more than either of us expected. Following further evaluation, I was diagnosed with Stage 1A uterine cancer in February 2004, I was 37 years old.

Unexpected back pain in 2011 led to my second cancer diagnosis, this time ovarian cancer. I was overwhelmed with anger and determination to overcome it this time, especially with three dependent children. Taking five months off from teaching to focus on my health and family was one of my best decisions.

My initial cancer diagnosis took away my ability to conceive, leading my husband and me on a 6.5-year adoption journey that brought us three beautiful children from Russia. This was a significant part of my cancer story because, if not for my youngest’s inability to walk, my ovarian cancer might not have been detected so early.

My journey has been filled with physical, emotional and financial pain. I'm currently monitored every six months, my CA 125 levels are high, but there are no signs of tumors.

I heard about Pink Ribbon Good through my doctor. I was initially hesitant, but began volunteering and attending events. Listening to others' stories and sharing my own helped heal, not only my body, but my mind and soul.

My message to others is clear: Let Pink Ribbon Good help you heal. They understand the journey, and you'll never regret the support, love and understanding they provide.




I have been having annual mammograms each year since I turned 33. I also have a family history of breast cancer, so when I found a rather large lump in my breast prior to my annual mammogram, I didn’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with my doctor.

She immediately sent me to get a mammogram.

After a whirlwind of appointments, scans and biopsies throughout just 10 days, I was diagnosed with Stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma, breast cancer, on October 31, 2022. Despite my initial fear and daze, I decided to take my diagnosis in stride and focus on one appointment at a time. Counting down how many appointments I had left gave me a sense of control as I underwent chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. I remained as positive as I could, mostly for my then 16-year-old twins.

Before I was diagnosed with cancer I had volunteered, along with a survivor and good friend, for a few events that supported Pink Ribbon Good, which is how I knew about the organization.

PRG is a great organization, not only do they provide meals, transportation and a lightweight vacuum, they also provide a community to connect you to others who have previously or are currently battling breast cancer. It allowed me to really connect with others and provide real life resources for what to expect and tools for coping.

The community I found within the PRG organization was such an impactful tool that gave me insight, strength and encouragement to support my cancer journey. PRG is a priceless organization.




After battling COVID-19, in September 2022, I began experiencing severe abdominal pain. I didn't think much of it, but when I mentioned it to my doctor, I was encouraged to go to the emergency room.

After six days in the hospital, I underwent a biopsy that confirmed my worst fears—I had advanced ovarian cancer. The diagnosis was overwhelming, but I was determined to fight. I received seven rounds of chemotherapy and underwent major surgery to remove visible cancer.

I believed cancer could only happen to others, not me. I was 49 years old. I had a wedding to plan and a dissertation to complete. I had no history of ovarian cancer in my family. All I knew about cancer at the time was that most people diagnosed with cancer die, and very few make it to remission.

During this challenging time, I found support from Pink Ribbon Good (PRG). I was new to Cincinnati when I received my cancer diagnosis, and my entire support system was back in Los Angeles. PRG helped me not to feel alone on this journey. They provided invaluable services, including transportation, meals, and peer support.

The day my doctor told me I was in remission, in April 2023, was one of the happiest days of my life and a reminder of my strength and determination to live a fulfilling life.




I felt something on the right side of my abdomen on May 19, 2023. My stomach had also been swelling. I was successfully losing weight, but this area continued to swell rapidly. I was eating healthy and exercising daily, so this swelling in such a short period of time was troubling. I was concerned.

I called my primary care doctor on June 14, 2023, who happened to have a cancellation the next day. She looked at me and ordered an immediate x-ray, which revealed nothing remarkable. So, a CT scan was ordered for the next day.

On the afternoon of June 15, 2023, my doctor delivered the news: the CT scan revealed a 17.2-centimeter malignant mass/tumor originating from the right ovary. Stage III Ovarian Cancer. I was devastated. Cancer. It was not time for me to die. I began to pray. Prayer upholds me.

Even though I knew that this vile disease afflicted me and would not take my life (Psalm 41), I was still fearful and knew I needed a community to walk this journey with me. I reached out to two dear friends, who provided support through prayer and appointments. Both women happened to be cancer survivors and have benefitted from PRG.

I underwent a full hysterectomy and removal of the malignant mass. My recovery was unusual and hard.

While recovering at home from surgery, I realized the need for a larger community of support. I learned of Pink Ribbon Good through Cancer Family Care. PRG’s light brings tangible help and hope to the darkness of cancer. PRG is a knowledgeable, compassionate, and well-resourced community. This powerful community of love and support is an answer to prayer and the hands and feet of The Almighty in my life. From the compassionate drivers who shared their stories while transporting me to chemotherapy, to the healthy meals delivered weekly, to the house cleaning kits, my cup runs over with deep gratitude.

I have completed one-half of my chemotherapy. The good days truly outweigh the bad days. I live with more intention, joy, and generosity. PRG’s profound generosity inspired me to be more giving in this life, which yields more joy. I live more fully; I am more alive. The load of this journey is so much lighter with PRG traveling with me.




A dream warned me of a lump on my chest propelling me to contact my doctor and on March 9, 2022, I was diagnosed with breast cancer — just five months after having a mammogram completed that showed nothing abnormal.

I was triple positive, estrogen, progesterone and HER2. I was angry. I looked at it as if it was a death sentence having lost numerous family members to the disease.

I had a very difficult time with the chemotherapy because I had a bad reaction to the pre-meds. I couldn’t tolerate steroids. After my first infusion I was admitted into the hospital to get the steroids out of my system. I became aggressive and paranoid and thought everyone was trying to kill me. It was terrible. I went through the next five rounds of chemo without any pre-meds. Words can’t describe how sick I was.

Following chemo, I spent four months weakened, crawling from bed to bathroom. In this darkness, Pink Ribbon Good (PRG) became my lifeline. Their invaluable support included transportation to infusions, a lightweight vacuum cleaner and meals. I don’t know what I would have done without those rides and meals. I truly appreciate PRG for being there for me in my time of need.

On March 16, 2023, my last infusion marked a significant milestone. I still battle fatigue and neuropathy—but I beat cancer.




Due to COVID-related scheduling delays, my yearly gynecological checkup and mammogram were seven months apart. While checking out of my gynecological checkup, the receptionist offered me a last-minute cancellation for my mammogram. I took it, thinking it would be a quick visit.

That impromptu mammogram led to a diagnosis, on October 26, 2021, of fast-growing, symptomless cancer that could have spread in just six months. I had ductal carcinoma in situ. My two risk factors: I am female, and I am over 50. It was overwhelming. It was personal. My body was turning against me. My thoughts were all over, but then I realized I was not alone.

My doctor told me I was going to be okay. She had a plan and answered all my questions. She was patient, kind, and understanding. She also introduced me to PRG.

My treatment plan was to have a lumpectomy and radiation, followed by five years of maintenance medicine. I was both relieved and terrified. I reached out to PRG to learn from others fighting their own battle what to expect and how I should prepare. It was empowering to hear each other's stories and support each other. My treatment went according to plan, if you can even say that with cancer!

PRG also provided meals and housekeeping supplies. They called to check in on me. I became friends with these women. We began to share our journeys and our lives. Today, I work for PRG as a transportation specialist and help others through their cancer journeys.

Now, I encourage everyone to schedule their yearly mammograms. They really do save lives.

This experience has really put life into perspective for me. Slow down. Be present. Be in the moment. Put God first. Make time for those who matter. Notice others. Communicate. Reach out. Smile. Be kind. Learn to let the small things go. Laugh a lot. Have uncomfortable conversations. Challenge yourself. Face your fears. Grow and learn. Learn and grow. Be better. Do better. Take care of yourself. Celebrate life!




In 2022, I was celebrating six years of being cancer free. In October 2022, all of that changed. I found a lump in my left breast — my breast cancer was back. I was beyond devastated.

The same flood of emotions I had the first time I was diagnosed returned. I immediately thought of my family. Am I going to die? Was I going to get the chance to be a grandparent? How was I going to work through treatment? How was I going to pay for my treatment? I was engaged and had my wedding and reception planned, only for that, along with so many other things, to be put on hold. I started chemo, lost my hair, and found myself back at square one. I knew I couldn’t dwell on my new diagnosis. I had to get my priorities in order and my plan in place.

I also knew I needed to be the best advocate for myself. I was fortunate to have the knowledge and support I needed because I work at the Jewish Women’s Imaging Center. I see first-hand how our patients are impacted by cancer and many of them do not have the resources in their pocket like I did.

I am thankful for having Pink Ribbon Good (PRG) by my side.

The first time I was diagnosed I did not receive PRG services. But, when I was diagnosed the second time, they insisted. They sent me cleaning supplies and meals, which really made a difference for my family. I could barely lift the remote and my fiancé was too busy taking care of me to find time to cook.

Part of my job is to make sure patients are referred to PRG so we can provide a full circle of patient care to them — that is our mission. If it wasn’t for PRG, families would go hungry and breast and gynecological cancer patients wouldn’t make it to their appointments. We have built a strong partnership with PRG to ensure patients are getting the care they deserve.

Today, I am a PRG board member and personally raise money for this life-changing organization.




In December 2021, after nearly two years of health issues, I faced a dilemma: a scheduled mammogram conflicted with an impending open-heart surgery. I chose to prioritize my heart's health, delaying the mammogram until September 2022.

After I had recovered from my heart surgery, I went for my annual mammogram, only to receive a call from my doctor the next day. The results were abnormal, leading to more tests and a meeting with a radiologist. Tears flowed as I grappled with the unexpected news and the timing of it all.

Acceptance took time and I didn’t believe I’d survive. The journey ahead involved surgeries, biopsies, and chemotherapy. Despite the challenges, I moved forward, leaning on newfound friends and support.

I attended Pink Ribbon Good’s Survivor Dinner. That for me was a turning point, connecting me and my daughter with others who understood the journey. It shifted my perspective, making me realize I was on my way to becoming a survivor too.

I utilized PRG’s transportation to and from appointments and their peer support counselors. No one else understands what you are going through unless they have gone through it! The PRG community has helped me not feel alone in my journey!

In May 2023, treatments ended. Although I grappled with lingering side effects and rebuilding strength, now, I look back, acknowledging that while I'm not Superwoman, I am resilient. Life threw unexpected challenges my way, but I faced them one day at a time, with a new life motto, "I am still standing."




In October 2019, at 31 years old, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Er/Pr positive PALB2 gene positive breast cancer. I discovered a lump unexpectedly while showering, and after months of growth, I sought medical attention. Tests confirmed my worst fears: breast cancer.

The initial shock and fear were overwhelming. With a loving husband and three young children, I knew I had to gather my strength to fight. In November 2021, I received another devastating diagnosis—breast cancer in my lymph nodes. Discovering a lump while shaving my armpits, I immediately consulted my oncologist. Fortunately for me, further scans showed that the cancer hadn't spread beyond the lymph nodes.

My cancer journey has been filled with ups and downs. Chemotherapy brought countless side effects, and I even ended up in the hospital due to an infection. Losing my hair was emotionally taxing, and recovering from a double mastectomy was physically and mentally challenging. Coping with changes in my appearance while fulfilling my roles as a wife and mother proved difficult. It was hard to maintain a sense of normalcy.

I learned about Pink Ribbon Good through my doctors, who highly recommended the organization. Although it was initially hard to accept help, my husband and I realized the importance of embracing the support available. PRG's weekly meal deliveries alleviated some of the burden, allowing my husband to focus on caring for me and our children.

To others facing a similar journey, I urge you to utilize the resources offered by organizations like PRG. Accept support, give yourself grace, and learn to embrace your changing body. Reach out for help and accept the assistance extended to you. Together, we can find strength in our community and overcome the challenges of breast cancer.




In June 2020, I faced a life-altering diagnosis: breast cancer. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the journey was tough, especially because I was forced to face appointments and treatments alone.

My cancer was found in my right breast, resulting in a double mastectomy, expanders, chemotherapy, and radiation. Each step revealed its own challenges. I had to take a leave of absence from work, which was heart-wrenching as a single parent of three daughters.

The pandemic added another layer of complexity, but I was fortunate to discover resources like Pink Ribbon Good through my medical team. They provided meals and housecleaning supply kits, alleviating some of the burdens that come with a breast cancer diagnosis.

During this challenging period, I reluctantly joined Pink Ribbon Goods’ peer support events on Zoom. Initially, I attended anonymously, opting not to reveal my face. However, these virtual gatherings became my lifeline. Everyone in the group comprehended the unique challenges I was facing. There was no judgment, only compassion and shared experiences. It felt like a second family.

Today, I am still navigating the reconstruction stage, facing various hurdles. Despite these challenges, I feel remarkably well. I am grateful to be here with my daughters and to be back at work.

Throughout this journey, I have clung to my faith. Trusting in God, I have discovered that I can weather any storm, and there is hope — I’m going to be okay and you’re going to get through it.




I am a mom of seven and mamaw of 17. My husband and I celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary in February. I joined the Pink Ribbon “Club” on April 22, 2022, when I was diagnosed with Stage 2A Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Grade 3, HER 2+ amplified, hormone negative.

If that sounds like a lot to say, it was equally hard to hear.

My treatment plan consisted of chemotherapy, surgery and immunotherapy. I had my very last infusion of Herceptin and Perjeta just shy of a year after my diagnosis on April 14. As I walked down the hallway to the cheers of the nurses, I couldn’t believe that I was done. I am one of the lucky ones, I did not need radiation as my lymph nodes were never involved.

I’m still here. Not only am I still here, but I am also NED (No Evidence of Disease).

When I was diagnosed, my breast surgeon encouraged me to utilize the services Pink Ribbon Good (PRG) offered to breast and gynecological cancer patients. What I didn’t know then was that she was giving me one of the most powerful tools in my toolbox to beat breast cancer.

PRG provided me with so many blessings along my journey. They provided me with a mentor, someone I could talk to—someone was always checking in on me. They offered delicious food that nourished me when I couldn’t do the everyday things that I always took for granted. I received natural cleaning products to reduce the toxins in my environment and most importantly they provided a network of survivors who inspire me and give me so much hope. Interacting with these survivors has helped to put my mind at ease, move forward with faith, strengthen my belief that I will be here to watch my beautiful grandchildren grow up.




My cancer story started in late 2018 when I noticed a change in my right breast. I was 38 years old, married, had a 6- and 3-year-old, and had no family history of breast cancer. I was a teacher and enjoyed running and being active with my family.

At the end of March 2019, my OBGYN suggested I get a mammogram, not because of an area of concern, but so I had a baseline to compare future mammograms to. They found a mass on my right breast and completed a biopsy.

The next several weeks I had scans, meetings with doctors, and a lot of waiting. When you are waiting for results — if you have cancer or not — days can seem like months. After getting the results of my genetic testing and learning that I have the ATM gene mutation I decided to have a double mastectomy.

While all these appointments were happening, I was still working full-time as a teacher and taking care of my family. The nurse navigator told me about PRG. At the time, I had family members and friends going to appointments with me, so I didn’t need help with rides, but the meals they delivered and the cleaning services they offered were a huge blessing.

After my first surgery in May 2019, removing lymph nodes, and a full-body scan, I was diagnosed with metastatic invasive ductal carcinoma. That means the cancer had spread outside my breasts to other parts of my body and my treatment was going to be FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

As a result, I started to seek out support groups including one through Pink Ribbon Good (PRG). Getting together with other breast cancer survivors has helped me to share my story with others, have fun, and develop great friendships. Breast cancer is just a part of my story, it’s not my whole story. I strongly encourage others to trust your gut if you feel like something isn’t right and take advantage of the many resources that are available. You aren’t meant to fight this battle alone.




My older sister meant everything to me. She was my mentor, protector, and best friend. In 2019, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she pushed me to undergo extensive testing, even though I was hesitant. She always looked out for me, even in her toughest times.

The test results initially seemed fine, but genetic testing revealed I had a BRCA gene mutation. I finished nursing school on December 2, 2021, and, hopeful to protect myself from going through what my sister did, I decided to have a double mastectomy on December 5.

My sister died in March 2022, and even then, her final wish was for me to stay safe and healthy.

Following several surgeries to correct issues following my double mastectomy, in May 2023, I started experiencing unusual bleeding and went to see my doctor in July 2023. After an ultrasound and biopsy, I was diagnosed with stage 1-A ovarian cancer, just two days prior to what I had hoped would be my final breast surgery.

During my sister’s fight, I was introduced to Pink Ribbon Good, an organization that supports individuals affected by breast and gynecological cancers. I had gone to their events with my sister, but I had no idea how much their services, especially the peer support and education, would benefit me on my own cancer journey.

The peer support from PRG gave me the knowledge and strength I needed. Their survivor events and educational events stressed the importance of having a supportive community and regular checkups. PRG's peer support gave me the confidence to ask questions and find comfort in knowing others went through similar experiences. I truly believe that my sister's watchful eye and the support from PRG saved my life.




In September 2015, my life took an unexpected turn when I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Surgery, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy consumed the next six years of my life. It was a grueling journey, but I won. I thought I had conquered cancer.

That was until August 26, 2022, when I found a lump in the same breast. I was devastated to learn that the cancer had returned. I was angry and frustrated, but I knew that wouldn't change my situation. I had to switch gears and prepare for another fight.

This time, the treatment was harder. I received double chemotherapy, had surgery and radiation. The radiation left my skin burned. But despite it all, I remained focused and determined.

During my first cancer diagnosis, I had heard about Pink Ribbon Good (PRG), an organization offering meals, rides to treatment, house cleaning essentials and peer support. Although I couldn't access their services then, due to their limited-service territory, reaching out to them during my second diagnosis was a game-changer. Their support was truly a blessing. I am part of several support groups and I always tell anyone newly diagnosed about PRG.

To all the incredible women out there, remember the power of self-awareness and self-care. Never underestimate the importance of self-examinations. Seek support, be resilient, and surround yourself with love. Together, we can face breast cancer head-on and come out stronger than ever before.




In 2008, at 30 years old, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, leading to a partial hysterectomy. Just more than a year later, excruciating pain led my doctor to find enlarged ovaries requiring a complete hysterectomy, followed by hormone therapy.

In 2011, I found a knot on my left breast. I attempted to receive a mammogram at a mobile mammography unit, but was denied despite my family history of cancer. In March 2012, during a routine pap smear, I mentioned the lump to my doctor. I was directed to a breast cancer center for further examination. A mammogram confirmed abnormalities and after a biopsy I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma — breast cancer — on April 5, 2012.

Amid 13 surgeries, three months of chemotherapy, and a failed reconstruction attempt. My boys became my motivation to fight, and my mother, who is a breast cancer survivor, became my rock.

My friend Andrea, a nurse practitioner, connected me with Pink Ribbon Good, a breast and gynecological cancer support organization. PRG did so much for my family, they were so much more than meals and transportation. They provided peer support I could go to, did things for my boys, and to this day, I’m still friends with many of them.

I will always praise PRG, it’s the best organization out there to help individuals and families going through breast and gynecological cancers. Every year for the past four years my husband Keith and I have done a fundraiser to give back to the organization.

Until the day I leave this Earth, we are going to try to give back to them for all they did for us.