Family Spotlight: “Friends that are more than memories” by Ronda Carter

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 Everyone I met on the retreat was an outstanding person who helped me see myself more clearly, with less pity and more party. Meeting other cancer patients, other moms, other families — enabled me, my husband and my son, to feel calmer and more hopeful about my future. And Little Pink gave me a stress-free, week-long trip of a lifetime to a beautiful, peaceful beach — something I definitely could not have afforded any other way. These new friends and experiences are more than just memories. I frequently de-stress by remembering the morning beach devotion, or I look at family photos from the trip. Little Pink has also influenced me and my family to find ways to serve others. I started a nonprofit organization that delivers gift bags of skin care to breast cancer patients.

I know that so many families are helped by Little Pink. I frequently share my positive experience and suggest to other breast cancer patients that they should apply. It’s a week that helps healing in so many ways. I know it’s a great experience. I also feel proud that Little Pink is a nonprofit based in my home state — it’s indicative of how we treat people in the state — with Southern hospitality.

It’s run by a crew of strong people who have big hearts. It is Jeanine’s vision, but she empowers the staff and retreat volunteers, so it’s not just beneficial for cancer patients, but for those who serve during the retreats. It’s a very well-run nonprofit for breast cancer survivors.

Ronda Carter from Winston-Salem, NC

Hatteras Island Retreat 2013