The mission of The Firefly Sisterhood is to foster one-to-one connections between women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and inspirational survivors.
In reaching out to our communities, we’ve learned that when it comes to breast cancer:
- Emotional health and physical healing are linked.
- Family and friend fatigue is real.
- Connecting one-to-one with someone who has walked a similar path has a powerful effect.
Research by the American Cancer Society shows “treatment that deals with emotions and relationships (sometimes called psychosocial interventions) can help people with cancer feel more upbeat and have a better quality of life.” Strong personal relationships help reduce tension and anxiety in women with breast cancer, and may lower their risk of depression.
Through our efforts, we hope to usher in a future where no woman faces breast cancer alone.
“When I initially called the program manager, I said, ‘I don’t know if you have anyone on your Guide list that fits this bill, but I am a young woman with two small children at home, and I just was diagnosed with fairly advanced breast cancer, and I want to talk to someone who is in a similar situation as me, and so when I reached out to the Firefly Sisterhood, it was — it was like the first time I was able to breathe a little bit.'” Recently Diagnosed Woman
Founded in 2014, our organization is governed by a board of directors, including five survivors:
Board of Directors 2015-2016
Jean Radeztsky, Chair Teresa Biss, Vice Chair
Avail Coaching Bremer Bank
Cheryl Newell, Treasurer Jan Gunderson
Money Smarts LLC Gunderson Philanthropy Advisors
Jane Welch, Erica Jensen
Morrison Sund General Mills
Hillary Feder Julie Koch
Hillary’s LLC DTI Global
Molly Whalen Kris Emerson
Our First and Founding sponsor
Helping us launch and providing the resources to fulfill our mission is our founding sponsor, Yoplait, whose vision and commitment to supporting women with breast cancer is long and distinguished.
“It’s such an isolating experience anyway to be diagnosed, but then to have this kind of unusual type really added to that sense of, you know, how can this be happening to me and just a very scary isolating experience. And so, yeah, to have somebody else who had the same diagnosis you know, really helped me see that, this is not a death sentence. I’m gonna, I’m going to be okay.” Recently Diagnosed Woman
Kris Newcomer, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Cook, Program Manager email@example.com
Christy Lund, Outreach Associate firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Tix, Program Assistant email@example.com
“I really wanted to take the experiences I’ve had over the last couple years and hopefully help somebody who has also just been recently diagnosed as metastatic so they don’t have to go through as many of the questions and the struggles and trying to figure out metastatic disease fits into your life.” Firefly Guide
“I definitely want to keep being a Guide. I have — I love the connections I’ve made. And I think the work that Firefly is doing is amazing because it is making those one‑to‑one matches and finding somebody who is like you.” Firefly Guide
The Firefly Sisterhood is a non-profit organization. Every dollar we receive goes to supporting our program and matching inspirational breast cancer survivors with the recently diagnosed. Help us grow and bring more light to women in need.
Firefly Sisterhood is a non-profit 501(c)3 and donations qualify as being
100% tax-deductible. Take a look at our financial recap.
Address: 5775 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 700, Minneapolis, MN. 55416
Phone 952-582-2972, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Firefly Sisterhood does not:
- Offer medical advice or opinions.
- Endorse or recommend specific physicians, other healthcare providers, healthcare facilities, treatments or products.
- Endorse or recommend any other product or service related to breast cancer treatment or rehabilitation.