Where does the time go! I can't believe I haven't blogged since April. Well, I guess I can believe it because things have been super busy and exciting around here and I can finally make the official announcement!
WE'VE OFFICIALLY OPENED OUR NEW HEADQUARTERS!
Woo hoo!!! When we started For 3 Sisters six years ago, we were working out of 10x10 home office. Now we have a beautiful space to call home that we can share with you and the community! Over the next several days, I'll be writing about our adventure and everyone who made it possible, so make sure you come back and share in the journey!
Here's our official press release!
For 3 Sisters Open Headquarters in Montgomery County
to Advance National Cancer Resources Program
Maryland Executives Contribute to Office Opening
Olney, MD, July 11, 2017 – For 3 Sisters, a national grassroots organization with a mission to raise awareness and improve the quality of life for men and women affected by breast cancer, today announced the organization will commemorate the opening of its headquarters in Olney, Maryland with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 27, 2017. The opening of the For 3 Sisters office is a milestone for the organization that addresses the financial and emotional challenges faced by breast cancer fighters and survivors.
According to a March 2014 report from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers, four years after being treated, 1 in 4 breast cancer survivors say they are worse off financially.
“After losing three sisters to breast cancer, we discovered that the process by which breast cancer fighters and survivors asked for and received resource support, was fundamentally flawed,” said co-founder Marshall Moneymaker. “Recognizing that a breast cancer patient’s physical health, treatment status, education and literacy level, income, and access to the internet were potential impediments to successfully securing financial support, we eliminated the weakest link in the process—the patient burden—and instead created a new pathway to success.”
The new offices will be staffed by founders Marshall Moneymaker and his wife Shannon Moneymaker, and the volunteers who are dedicated to providing the same compassionate care that has made For 3 Sisters one of the nation's leading organizations for integrative resource case management in the cancer community. “In the last three years, nearly 100 women have received products, services, and financial aid valued at more than $200,000 as a direct result of our Road to Resources program,” said co-founder, Shannon Moneymaker. “We’re excited that our new headquarters affords us the opportunity to grow the scope and capacity of our program so that we can serve more men and women affected by breast cancer.”
The 1,500-square-foot office space, furniture, equipment, and décor came together through the generosity of local businesses through in-kind donations. For 3 Sisters would like to thank the following companies that have made this new headquarters a reality:
“It's hard to find someone who hasn't been touched by breast cancer, and our family is no different. It's important for us to try to help mitigate the devastating effects of cancer on sufferers, survivors, and their families, and donating to For 3 Sisters does just that,” said Danielle Dart, Owner of Dart Homes. “We are proud to contribute in any way that we can to help continue the admirable work For 3 Sister's does both within our community and nationally.”
John Moyer of Moyer & Sons Moving and Storage adds, “as someone who's lost a close family member to cancer, and have had a few who's beat it, I was personally moved by Marshall's story and what he and Shannon have been doing with For 3 Sisters. I knew that Moyer & Sons wanted to be a part of it. We look forward to lending a hand wherever we can in the future.”
About For 3 Sisters
For 3 Sisters is a national grassroots organization dedicated to raising awareness and improving the lives of men and women affected by breast cancer. It was founded by retired firefighter, Marshall Moneymaker and his wife Shannon after he lost three older sisters to breast cancer. For 3 Sisters is committed to supporting breast cancer fighters and survivors in any way possible so no man or woman fights breast cancer alone. For more, visit www.F3S.org.
Shannon Moneymaker is the Executive Director of F3S and experiences life in the breast cancer community, not through just her own eyes but through the eyes of others.