WHAT GUIDES US
Grow the PRG family so that “No One Travels this Road Alone.” Build connections with our PRG family and our communities by setting standards of efficiency and accountability.
Support with Experience and Compassion: Provide our PRG family members with services to ease the workload of daily life while providing access to peer support so they may be informed and comforted from wisdom of others who have traveled this road before them.
Fiscal Responsibility: Donors entrust us with their contributions. In return, we will provide information on how their contributions directly benefit individuals and families fighting breast cancer.
Inspiration and Remembrance: We are inspired by those that have fought the battle and motivated by those that need us so they can Simply Fight!.
PAYING IT FORWARD
Tracie Metzger – Founder
Pink Ribbon Girls was founded when Tracie realized there was no specific group for young women dealing with breast cancer. Tracie was 30 years old when she was diagnosed and had two children under the age of 3. She found the lump during a self-breast-exam when her daughter stopped nursing. After a visit to the doctor, he told her it was probably a clogged milk duct or a fibroadenoma. Like many young survivors, she was told to wait a few months to see if it went away. She wasn’t comfortable with that and insisted on surgery. When the lump was removed, it was malignant. Stage I Breast Cancer, September 2000.
Heather Salazar – Executive Director
Finding no specific groups in the Dayton area for young women dealing with breast cancer, Heather partnered with Tracie Metzger to bring the power of Pink Ribbon Girls to the region. Breast cancer came boldly into Heather’s life while caring for a young woman, Alexis, who was nearing the end of her battle with Stage IV breast cancer and needed a home for her baby girl, Lexi. After prayer and the thoughtful consideration of her family, Heather welcomed baby Lexi into her family. Alexis died one year later at the young age 24. Two years later, with no family history, Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31. Stage I Breast Cancer, March 2005.