In a few months October is going to be approaching and Pink Ribbons are going to be flying everywhere. All of the companies, businesses and television advertising are going to be riding the tidal wave of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Someone may wonder with all of the different organizations, what distinguishes them from the rest? Well I found one that definitely stood out from the rest and the name of this community is SO Hope.
SO Hope was founded October 2012, when Darlene Boyd was diagnosed with breast cancer at 30 years of age. Mrs. Boyd was diagnosed with DCIS and had nine lumps in her left breast and one active lymph node under her arm. She chose to have a bilateral mastectomy, the lymph node removed and after one round of chemo, she opted out of her treatments and chose to take a holistic approach to her health. Darlene began changing her eating habits, becoming more active, and living everyday like it was her last.
During Mrs. Boyd's journey, she found that there was no support communities in the Midwest region or urban communities tailored for age groups 18-35, so Darlene decided to do something about it. Her intention was to build a support system for other young ladies like herself, but little did she know that God had a bigger plans in store. SO Hope (however still tailored toward breast health and life after the disease), became a refuge for all people, regardless of their type of cancer, sex or their circumstances.
Mrs. Boyd has over a 1,000 Facebook followers (who fondly refer to her as Mrs. Hope), and she encourages them daily through scripture, healthy recipes, daily interaction, meetups and good ole fashion fun. SO Hope is coming up on it's one year birthday, as well as Darlene's one year Survivor anniversary and she is celebrating by throwing a Dance for Hope Fundraiser. Zumba is taking center stage and its staying in line with her Healthy Living Movement. All donations are going to further the SO Hope movement through outreach services and programs.
Unlike most communities the pink ribbons won't be coming down when October is over. SO Hope is a 24/7, 365 day Hope factory and believes in using encouragement as a key tool to survival. Darlene has even started a meetup group in her area for anyone that wants to get together to fellowship and get fit. There's going to be plenty of wonderful things coming from SO Hope, and if you would like keep up with the movements and events of SO Hope you can find them at: www.SOHope1.com
To signup for any of the SO Hope events: www.meetup.com/SO-Hope