As the year comes to a close and 2016 rapidly approaches, we at Firefly Sisterhood would like to take a moment to reflect on the past year, which has been a whirlwind for us! We proudly share the following highlights of 2015: Firefly Sisterhood established itself as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; ninety volunteer Guides were trained as mentors; over 100 matches were initiated; and the Firefly Sisterhood referral base expanded to include Metro Area breast cancer centers, cancer clinics, and community cancer assistance organizations.
We could not have accomplished all of this without the effort and ingenuity of those who laid the groundwork for Firefly Sisterhood. With their vision and commitment, we have flourished and are able to provide this unique and critical support for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
We are incredibly grateful to each and every one of you for embracing Firefly Sisterhood’s vision of a world where no woman faces breast cancer alone and championing our work of fostering one-to-one connections between women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and inspirational survivors. Thank you for a brighter future for women in our community with breast cancer.
Our hopes for 2016
Kris Newcomer, Executive Director: My hope for Firefly Sisterhood is that more women hear about our work, take advantage of our first-rate matching program, and support our organization.
Jenny Cook, Program Manager: The best part of my job as Program Manager is talking to all of the women that are a part of Firefly Sisterhood, and my hope is for many more of those personal conversations and seeing our program grow to include women beyond the Twin Cities.
Christy Lund, Outreach Coordinator: My hope for all of you in the new year is the gift of self care. We are all pulled in a multitude of directions in our lives and most often focus on giving to others. May you find pockets of time to nourish yourself in body, mind, and spirit.
Amy Tix, Program Assistant: My hope for each of you is for courage: the courage to try something new in 2016; the courage to stand up for yourself; the courage to face a difficult diagnosis; the courage to ask for help when you need it; the courage to be true to who you really are; and the courage to light the way for someone in your life, however small that light may be. A single firefly offers but a tiny burst of light, but together, we fireflies can offer great light to others in 2016!