Approximately five percent of breast cancers occur in women under the age of 40. These women – college students, young professionals, new moms – often struggle with finding support and education due to the rarity of this diagnosis at a young age. While friends are launching their careers and starting families, surviving is suddenly the new priority. WRFTC developed the Young Survivors Retreat as a way for these women to connect and help support each other in their healing process with peers who can relate.
Jensen Sussman, WRFTC CEO, shares her personal experience with the retreat, “Having to face breast cancer as a young woman is physically, emotionally and mentally challenging. For WRFTC to bring together these women from all across the country who share in the same struggles and see how their connection forms a sisterhood of hope is inspiring.”
The Young Survivors Retreat is an opportunity for attendees to discuss their stories and age-related challenges while making life-long new friends, all in a safe, welcoming environment. Activities include sessions on art, relaxation, nutrition, fertility, relationships and beauty tips.
Throughout the year, WRFTC raises funds for The Retreat including at their signature event – Opry Goes Pink. Thanks to the success of Opry Goes Pink and the organization’s generous supporters, WRFTC covers ALL travel expenses to and from Nashville for Young Survivor attendees. Limited space is available and applications will be accepted beginning June 4th at 9AM CST through June 6th at 5PM CST via an online application at WomenRockForTheCure.org.
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