Pink Ribbon Kit

The Libby Ross Foundation has made a commitment to Women at Risk (WAR) at Columbia University Medical Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Comprehensive Breast Center at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where the LRBCF Pink Ribbon Kit Program was established.

The Libby Ross Foundation Pink Ribbon Kit provides gift bags, distributed by trained volunteers, to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The program is currently offered through Women At Risk at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The bags contain comfort items and self-help tools that women with cancer find helpful during treatment as well as valuable information on available resources, medical concerns, and emotional issues. Among the items in the bag are a book, which not only provides information and resources for the medical realities of breast cancer, but explores the emotional side as well; a journal to record thoughts and emotions, a satin pillowcase to provide relief once chemotherapy has begun, and a soothing meditation tape to help with relaxation.

The Pink Ribbon Kit Program was developed by a woman diagnosed with breast cancer who dreamed of helping other women on the same journey. It was established in North Carolina in conjunction with The New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The Libby Ross Foundation is working to establish the program in New York and around the country.

In addition to Pink Ribbon Kit, the Foundation has made a monetary contribution to WAR and have designated our funds to provide access to care for medically underserved women. WAR sponsors breast health programs that benefit Spanish-speaking women in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood. These programs include a support group, educational presentations, and visits to local clinic sites by a bilingual survivor who provides information, support, and translation services to clinic patients.

Testimonials

 
“On the first visit to meet with my surgeon at Columbia Presbyterian hospital, while still in a state of shock over my diagnosis, I was presented with a bag by the Libby Ross Foundation that contained support information that proved to be invaluable. The book, Be a Survivor, contained the most helpful information of any texts I read during the process of trying to understand what I was facing, and what all the confusing medical terms meant. I still refer to the book for explanations offered in simple, plain language, and am very grateful that someone went to the effort of giving it, as a gift, to me. My friends commented that I seemed to know more about my condition than others they had known, and my reply was that in addition to the information provided by the medical staff, I had been able to learn more broadly about cancer and its treatment because of the excellent source book I was referring to. Because my chemo was a mild drug regime that did not cause hair loss, I did not need the silk pillow, but thought it was a very special gift to offer a bit of pampering when it was needed. I still use the pretty journal, which was useful as being something to use specifically for the purpose of writing about the experience of breast cancer. I continue to put it to use.

The other value of having been given the bag, was that it was useful for putting other brochures and pamphlets related to breast cancer into one easy to get to, convenient place. It serves as a reminder now that someone cared enough to think about the details involved with breast cancer, and providing valuable, as well as comforting, items that conveyed a much needed sense of support during a very vulnerable, upsetting time. I wish to thank the Libby Ross Foundation for the effort they made on behalf of the women in the Women at Risk program.

“I was so grateful for that bag. My son has now taken possession of the little pillows & uses them for his stuffed friends. I can’t tell you how helpful those pillows were to me. I used them nearly 24/7 for at least one month after my mastectomy. & knowing that they were made by people who either were once in my situation or just cared enough to help out someone whose whole life changed so drastically made it feel even more special. I also wore the t-shirt all the time. I wasn’t sure what to expect after surgery, so having these supplies was so helpful & made my life a bit easier. I even wore the t-shirts throughout my radiation under my other shirts so the ointment didn’t ruin my shirts.

I used all the supplies given to me and felt special that I was part of a community of women who cared about other women so much. I must admit that once I no longer needed any of the supplies in that bag, my son took most of the stuff. It helped him imagine that he had a part of my illness and recovery in a playful way. I hope all is well for you and thanks again for the bag & all your help and advice. That binder you gave me was also very helpful. Just the sheets with the stretches alone was hugely helpful. I didn’t know what to do until you gave that info to me.”

Thanks again, Karin Pagan