Our vision is to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer!
Our mission is to provide free breast health education, mammograms, testing, and direct assistance to breast cancer patients with wigs, support, and resources in Arizona.
Empowering women in Arizona and beyond with invaluable breast health facts and preventive information. Distribution through annual magazine (65,000), STEP UP to Prevention Wellness Workshops, social media, website and other media outlets
"I saw a post on Facebook reminding me to do a self-exam. I did one that night and found a lump that turned out to be breast cancer."
- CEO & Founder, Holly Rose
Impacting women in Arizona undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer with a free wig; providing them the comfort and normalcy they deserve. Clients apply online and, once approved, may select a wig of choice up to $300 at one of our approved wig shops, and Check for a Lump pays the bill. We are currently assisting approximately one woman a day - over 1,950 wigs provided since inception.
“I received a beautiful looking wig!! I didn’t realize how much it would improve my thoughts and help me keep strong” Shawna
"In June I found a large lump in my left breast. I assumed since I had a clean mammogram in November 2020, it probably was just a milk duct cyst... I was officially diagnosed with Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma." Berklee
Providing free mammograms and all diagnostic testing necessary for diagnosis of breast cancer to qualifying women in Arizona. Clients apply online and, once approved, Check for a Lump is directly billed by the imagining company partners. We also host mammogram events through mobile mammography units. We have helped our clients cover over $ in mammogram and diagnostic testing expenses.
Creating a welcoming space to connect breast cancer patients and survivors, along with their co-survivors/caregivers, through group therapeutic activities. Women can sign up for our free Super Survivor Unite events on our website. We have also added Super Survivor Kits that are available for women undergoing treatment as a way to lift their spirits and give them comfort during what can be a difficult time.
Lifting spirits and providing non-toxic essentials, our kits are available to any Arizona resident undergoing breast cancer treatment.
In 2009, at the young age of thirty-nine, I was reminded by my childhood friend Shelley Sakala, with a playful posting on Facebook to perform a self-breast exam. I did and discovered a lump that turned out to be breast cancer. I was very fortunate in finding my cancer in the early stages and was able to save my breasts and, more importantly, my life.
I endured nine months of treatment, including two surgeries, 4 months of chemotherapy and 2 months of radiation, During that time my family and me were showered with kindness, compassion and generosity by our community. We had meals delivered to our home for weeks at a time by friends and strangers. We had friends show up at our doorstep with yellow gloves on ready to scrub our floors. We had neighbors bring by wigs, cards, flowers, and people offering to help with our kids. Not only did I have my physical community but I had an online community on Facebook as well. There was always someone cheering me on and cheering me up when I was at my lowest moments.
I was so grateful for every act of kindness that I decided I wanted to do something to give back to my community. I must give God this credit as well, as I felt like he was pushing me on to a path that He wanted me to follow. I also wanted to ensure that I was leaving a legacy that my daughters could be proud of just-in-case . . . and so with the help of another childhood friend, Kate Kunberger, I started Check for a Lump. Our mission was simple. We wanted to motivate other women to perform breast self-exams in the hopes of detecting breast cancer in the early stages.
Shortly after our non-profit was founded we discovered that our foundation had great potential. We chose to implement a second program with our funds to directly assist breast cancer patients. Our Wig Out program provides free wigs to women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment in Arizona.
As time went on we continued to educate ourselves and, in doing so, discovered the need for education regarding prevention of breast cancer in our community. We have taken our educational outreach program to the next level with the help of our sponsors, community grants and supporters. We have also formed great relationships with other non-profits, hospitals, doctors, and breast cancer related businesses in our community in order to more efficiently achieve our goals.
In the short amount of time we have been in existence, we have established our foundation as a prominent figure in the breast cancer community. We could not have achieved any of this with out the amazing support of our family, friends, and community. Continually, I’m overwhelmed by the generous acts of kindness that surrounds us. I’m also forever grateful for the path that God has placed me upon. Thank you everyone for your support!
Together we are making a difference!
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