The tears still involuntarily flow at the thought of Michelle’s passing; but from the “pool of tears” has come a mission of service to make it better for others touched by this unrelenting disease. Family, friends, and the community have come together and created a mission to serve our community. Her parents say that more than once they have wished the treatment would have started sooner. But bitter disappointment must be given up and replaced with positive action. Michelle needed a resource center where she could go for help in coping with her challenges. Her parents, family and friends have started one in her memory so others will have an opportunity to get the help they need —it is called Michelle’s Place.

Michelle’s Place offers various support services for people with breast cancer including; wigs, prosthesis, support groups, lending library, scarves/hats, and more.  There are currently 643 women in the program.  Michelle’s Place offers free mammograms to women under 40 without insurance who are symptomatic, they also offer free mammograms to women under 40 who are non-symptomatic and uninsured during the month of October.

Of the women in the program, 90% have children and some struggle financially through their battle and recovery.  Michelle’s Place offers financial assistance through their Pink Ribbon Assistance Program.  This program helps primarily with grocery and utility bills but also enters the families into a holiday gift drive.  This year New Gen is partnering with Michelle’s place to offer Holiday Stockings to each of the children in the Pink Ribbon program.

A donation of $30 will purchase one stocking for one child.  A donation of $150 will purchase five stockings. A donation of $300 will purchase one item for each stocking donated.  New Gens are also accepting cash, toys, and gift cards.  As added incentive TGIFriday’s has donated 100 free appetizers for the first 100 donations over $30 made.

For more information email newgensrotary@gmail.com.