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Julie Moser, Co-Founder

Oct. 3, 2013 was a very emotional morning as we prepared for my husbands 3rd deployment to Afghanistan. When I got out of the shower I saw a faint brown line just under my left breast. After multiple test over the next few weeks, it was confirmed that I had stage 2 breast cancer at age 39.  Oct 28, 2013 I began my battle with breast cancer.  The cost, literally and figuratively, still affects me and my family. There were many days during my breast cancer treatment that I felt alone. I felt there was no one that understood what I was going through. I continued to stay strong but found many days/nights when I was not strong. I learned it was ok not to be strong. I had friends that did not know what to do or say to me. I did have some friends that sent care packages, cards in the mail and blankets that were handmade and prayed over. Having cancer is a humbling experience. I appreciate the little things and small moments now, and I’ve learned to slow down. On bad days, I remind myself that I’m still here and still breathing, and that my family’s here and tomorrow is another day.  You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. have.

Jennifer Reynolds, Co-Founder

I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 days after my 2-year wedding anniversary at the age of 33. It was devastating news at such a young age and my whole entire life flipped upside down. Though my husband and family were an amazing support system…I felt incredibly alone. Everything was happening so fast and looking back I realized I really never had anyone to turn to who truly understood my struggles. It wasn’t until after I was done with all my treatments and surgeries, that I realized how important it was to find a support system, but more importantly to be that support for other women. I started writing in my blog, reliving my past struggles and talking about my current struggles with PTSD and depression. So many women started to reach out to me and I began to become that support for newly diagnosed survivors all over the country. It brings joy to my heart to know that I have helped just one person. I enjoy sharing my very honest experience with others and have built some amazing bonds throughout this journey. I always tell women, I am an open book, and I welcome you to ask me anything you would like. Most importantly, I want women to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You can and will get through this. Believe in yourself. As hard as the last 2 years have been, I can honestly tell you that I appreciate this life so much more than I ever did before and for that I am thankful.

Laura Harris, Historian

Laura is one of the founding members of the Pink Warrior Angels (PWA).  She brings a fresh and critical perspective of what our organization embodies.  Although breast cancer has not directly effected Laura’s life (by having it herself or within her immediate family), simply being a woman, a daughter, a mother, and a friend, she has always felt drawn to support all women’s cancer causes. Before PWA came to be, Laura was active in breast cancer research organizations and participated in activities like Susan G. Kolman walks. She has several friends diagnosed and battling breast cancer.  When PWA was changing from a dream and becoming a reality, Laura took the active role of focusing on the breast cancer co-survivors. Her passion is in helping to support the supporters of breast cancer survivors, and making sure that they have the support and aid that they need in order to help with their loved ones. She immediately knew that her role in the PWA is to be the advocate and the voice of the co-survivors in collecting resources for all those coping with a loved one with breast cancer. Laura’s favorite part of being a member of the Pink Warrior Angels organization is the experience of working with and being surrounded by such a strong and diverse collection of women who are all bonded by breast cancer. Seeing a group of women from all different walks of life, of all different ages, and all having different stories who are connected and bonded by the common thread of fighting, surviving and co-surviving breast cancer has been the most rewarding part of Laura’s experience with PWA so far. She has been inspired by what PWA has already accomplished in such a short time, and she is looking forward to the many more successes that are in store!

april miller, centx volunteer coordinator

She is 41 years young. She just took a huge leap of faith and moved to Texas. She is a mother of three beautiful head strong girls, ages 23, 18, and 11. She work for AT&T for 9 + years before she came to Texas and now started a new job with Emancipet which is a nonprofit for discounted vet service in the area. She loves to help people in many ways. She has been around since the Pink Warrior Angles was a thought in Julie and Jen’s heads. She has seen Julie go from healthy and happy to finding out that she had cancer, so PWA is very dear to her heart with being a part of Julie’s life. She has done many thing to help with PWA from helping with the gala last year to getting raffle tickets together for the raffle just to name a few. She is organized and a little OCD and ready to take on the job as our treasurer. She is ready for this new adventure with PWA and calling Texas her new home.

 

Rachel ochoa-Ortega,media coordinator

Rachel is the Social Media Coordinator of the Pink Warrior Angels.  Her talent is with written communication and demonstrating her adaptability to all styles of communication including existing social media platforms.  Although breast cancer has not directly affected Rachel’s life (by having it herself), she is a co-survivor of her mother, Diana -who was diagnosed in 2010.  Shortly after her mother’s battle, her best friend and military sister, Barbara was diagnosed.  Rachel came to volunteer with Pink Warrior Angels last August 2015.  She met Julie Moser, Co-founder, at their local high school band hall (waiting to pick up her child) and advertising a car wash.  Sometime later an advertisement was placed on Facebook asking for volunteers to collaborate on spearheading the Inaugural Pink Warrior 5k Dash.  While Rachel tried to help, she just did not feel it was the right fit her and graciously bowed out.  However, it wasn’t until the need for a Social Media Coordinator become available that Rachel felt she could make the greatest impact. Since then, Rachel has coordinated and scheduled information to be posted on all our social media platforms from volunteer opportunities to posting photos of events to keeping our public domain updated with new as well as current information.  Rachel truly enjoys seeing the number of people PWA (as an organization) has reached or touched through her creative mental imagery by the use of the spoken word and by bringing the emotional aspect to our audience.  She is truly honored to be a part of a cause in which she can help make a difference in someone else’s life.

Jodi Perry, Newsletter author & Editor/Event Photographer

Jodi is the Pink Warrior Angel photographer and prepares and sends out our monthly newsletter. Having known co-founder Julie since 2000 and knowing what an amazing and strong woman she is and what she has been through, Jodi is honored to be a part of Pink Warrior Angels and its mission to support those that are going through cancer.  She is a mama to two, a wife to an amazing man for 20+ years, and a crazy dog lady that loves her mastiffs and her bulldog.  She enjoys sharing her time and talents to further the cause of PWA and to help whereever she can, whether it be acting as the event photographer for any of the many fundraising and awareness events or using her graphics design background to create newsletters. She looks forward to seeing PWA grow and bless more warriors as they battle breast cancer.

 

Jayme boscamp, Event coordinator

Jayme is a 41 year old mother of an awesome two (almost three) year old little boy, wife to an amazing hardworking husband, and a triple negative breast cancer survivor! She is originally from Boerne, Texas, and graduated from Southwest Texas State in 1998 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to New Braunfels in 2012 and finally got pregnant in 2013 after ten years of marriage with their son Beau. In mid Dec of 2015, Jayme felt a lump just below her right clavicle, but shrugged it off because she was still breast feeding. A dear friend, who was a breast cancer survivor herself, talked her into making a doctor appointment, which she reluctantly did. She was diagnosed with breast cancer that day. A week later, she found out she was triple negative and would have to do chemo even though she was stage one with no lymph node involvement. After 8 rounds of chemo and a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, Jayme has been cancer free since the summer 2016. It was never easy, but she truly believe attitude is everything. She’s not saying she didn't have bad days (and still does) but she feels so blessed to have found her cancer so early and to have had the amazing family, friend and PWA support she did (and still does!)

nicole bridges, New braunfels/san antonio volunteer coordinator

Nicole is a single mother to 3 beautiful girls: Emma is 10, Lyla is 8, and Jada is 6. They live in New Braunfels, Texas.  Nicole is a 4 Year Breast Cancer Survivor now, and is currently working with Pink Warrior Angels on the Board of Directors as a Volunteer Coordinator.  Nicole has a passion within to help others that have been recently diagnosed, and she looks forward to helping many others in the future through Pink Warrior Angels. Even though she had a wonderful family support team during her fight, she wishes she had been able to spend time and talk with someone that had actually been through Breast Cancer, too. The support from other survivors since her treatment has been extremely helpful to help her not feel so alone. She knows that cancer changes us all and it feels better to connect with other survivors.

 

 

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