Alli Ward via Crowdrise
September 24, 2011
BENEFITING: TAMIKA AND FRIENDS INC
Solo Survivors is a new organization formed to provide support for single people who are dealing with cancer. This is not a dating service, but rather a place to feel connected to a larger community of singles who are facing similar challenges for support, sharing and advice.
Solo Survivor’s Mission is to provide tools, resources, support, and connection to navigate the cancer journey as a single person.
Solo Survivors grew out of the experience of Tracy Maxwell, diagnosed at age 36 with a rare form of ovarian cancer. While she believes everyone goes through cancer alone, she recognizes the additional challenges for singles that don't have a partner or family nearby to help with the ravages of treatment, the emotional side of the disease, and the challenges of dating after cancer. Through her own experience, she soon recognized many others in the same boat, and wanted to find a way to bring this group together for mutual support.
We are working with our charity partner Tamika & Friends in building our programs, applying for 501c3 and need your help. Please make a donation to help us launch this organization. All donations are tax deductible and however large or small and will go directly to developing programs and services for singles with cancer.
Community Forum: In February 2011, Solo Survivors launched a Facebook group with over 100 members. The purpose of the group is to give single survivors a forum to build community and provide peer to peer support . Topics include Information about Staying Fit, Asking for and accepting help, Sharing links to current issues and resources affecting single survivors.
Canoeing and Connection: Solo Survivors has sponsored two canoe and camping trips for 20 survivors in August 2010 & August 2011. Here is some of the feedback from the participants.
- This weekend was the happiest that I have felt since my diagnosis. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
- Thank you so much for making this an incredible trip for me. It was just what I needed. No treatment could have made me more able beat this cancer than the experience I had this weekend.