When Unite for HER founder Sue Weldon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she began searching for information on therapies that would complement the medical treatments she was receiving.
What she discovered was a lack of easily accessible resources on topics like nutrition, acupuncture, massage, yoga, counseling and other ways for breast cancer patients to enhance their wellness and care for their emotional, spiritual and physical needs.
Since its establishment as a nonprofit organization in 2009, Unite for HER’s cornerstone has been to bridge that gap for breast cancer patients, focusing on wellness initiatives that will positively impact their health, as well as the health of all women and girls.
Unite for HER Mission
Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls by supporting and providing breast cancer and wellness programs that educate, empower and restore.
We understand the lifelong value of educating women and girls of all ages about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention. Unite for HER seeks to find relevant, interesting and fun ways of communicating those important messages by hosting and participating in wellness days, health fairs, outreach and fundraising events, as well as developing print materials, videos and utilizing social media outlets. We believe that through education, we can empower generations of women to live healthier.
We recognize the power of the individual. By offering a variety of Unite for HER initiatives, volunteers are given opportunities to develop leadership skills and fulfill their potential in service to their community and women with breast cancer. We especially encourage youth-directed endeavors, such as the Students Unite program. Unite for HER understands the expense of fighting breast cancer, so we also provide financial empowerment through grants. We currently offer annual grants to students, USAG gymnasts, coaches, and judges.
Unite for HER, in partnership with local hospitals, hosts “Wellness Day” events introducing breast cancer patients to complementary therapies that can help them become fully restored. Attendees meet with nutrition, massage, yoga, meditation, and acupuncture professionals to learn more about strategies that will support their health and wellness.
Jammin’ for Kids is organized to fundraise for families of Chester County, PA who face significant financial challenges due to a child’s serious illness.
Our mission is to identify families in Chester County, PA who face financial burdens due to a child’s illness and help them pay the child’s supplemental expenses.
The Main Event: SophiaJam 2014
SophiaJam will be a concert presented at the American Helicopter Museum on April 26, 2014 from 4PM thru 8PM. Three bands have agreed to donate their performances: “Who Needs Nigel”, “Crow’s Feet” and “Wooden Wire”. Funds will be raised thru ticket sales, HELICOPTER RIDES, concert swag and sponsorships. We will also feature a raffle for a helicopter ride for three winners – which will occur at the event. Catering provided by Redhound Grille so come hungry because you’ll leave satisfied!
When a child experiences the death of a parent, the emotional trauma can be devastating. Family Lives On provides free services to support the long term healthy bereavement of children who are grieving the death of a mother or father.
There are more than 2 million children and teens in the US grieving the deaths of their moms or dads. 1 in 20 children experience the death of a parent before the age of 16 – that’s 1 in every classroom, 2 on every school bus. The free direct services of Family Lives On provide a therapeutic tool that supports the bereavement process and enables children to move from survivors to thrivers. Our Tradition Fulfillment program address three critical, and often times unmet, needs in child and family bereavement support.
In our 16 year history, we know what we do works – and it works for many reasons. Not the least of which is that the average child remains in our program for 7 years. No other acute, moderate, group or individual therapy can claim that length of engagement. Every child participates once a year, every year until age 18.