The strength of the Firefly Sisterhood programming is the one-to-one match of a Firefly mentor (Guide) and a woman facing breast cancer (Sister). Firefly Guides are women who have experienced breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, surgery, or reconstruction and are willing to offer their story, comfort, and inspiration to another woman facing a similar experience. Firefly Sisterhood aims to create supportive, emotional connections between Guides and Sisters in order to improve long-term psychosocial outcomes.
“When I initially called the Program Manager, I said, ‘I don’t know if you have anyone on your list that fits this bill, but I am a young woman — 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 I am’. 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 program participant