Pink Ribbon Fund to Launch Support Group

The Bedford County Pink Ribbon Fund is expanding its offerings to provide support for breast cancer patients and their families, launching a peer-guided support group in 2020.

“Bedford County takes care of their own!” said Dr. Katherine Erlichman, chair of the Bedford County Pink Ribbon Fund and two-time breast cancer survivor. “That was the premise of founding the Bedford County Pink Ribbon Fund. The fact that many of us have been down that road allows us to hopefully provide some inspiration as well: if we beat cancer, they can too.”

Survivors who serve on the Pink Ribbon Committee have dreamed of making a support group available to those dealing with the challenges of breast cancer since the fund’s inception and much time and care has been put into the planning of this local resources.

Survivor Cynthia Speck, the 2020 Survivor Chair, researched other support groups, noting, “Hopefully this group will provide emotional, psychological and moral support for its members. Each of us is encouraged to participate to whatever extent we feel comfortable.”

Ground rules have been developed to ensure confidentiality among those who participate. The evening meetings are expected to be held monthly at a local church with additional details to be announced as soon as possible. Planners hope to provide refreshments, fellowship and valuable information through invited speakers; the forum will also be a chance to share experiences and feelings or to just listen.

This is the latest offering of the Bedford County Pink Ribbon Fund, which works year-round to raise funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer. Other support can be found in the form of volunteer drivers to take patients to treatment, wig and other beauty support, chemo comfort care kits, and more.

Pink Ribbon funds, administrated through Bedford County Endowments are thoughtfully dispersed to local breast cancer patients, providing assistance with medical bills, travel expenses and other immediate needs. Information on how breast cancer patients may request assistance is available online at BedfordCountyPinkRibbonFund.com or by calling committee chair Dr. Katherine Erlichman at 814-623-1969.

For more information on the support group, contact Cynthia Speck at ccspeck20@gmail.com.

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