Mission

Forge supports, empowers, and improves quality of life for Alabama breast cancer patients, survivors, and those who love them from the day of diagnosis through the balance of life.

Purpose

Forge was organized to provide educational, logistical and emotional support to breast cancer survivors through a patient-centered, community-based partnership with local health systems and other strategic partners. We assist patients, survivors and co-survivors in taking an active role in their fight against breast cancer by offering support, knowledge, strength and direction.

History

Forged in collaboration and sustained by community, Forge began in 2014 as the Breast Cancer Survivorship Rehabilitation Initiative (BCSRI), an initiative of the Women’s Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.  Its purpose was to research breast cancer survivorship needs in central Alabama. Results of a community-wide assessment revealed gaps and barriers from point of diagnosis throughout the balance of life. As a result, Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center was launched in 2016 as a unique collaborative pilot project of the Women’s Breast Health Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and the four major health care systems in central Alabama: St. Vincent’s Health System, UAB Health System, Brookwood Baptist Health, and Grandview Medical Center. It’s purpose was to provide wrap-around supportive services within the breast cancer community.

In 2020, Forge was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as Forge Survivorship Center but continues to do our work as Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. Forge offers strength by creating personalized survivorship plans and pairing clients with volunteer mentors to listen and accompany them to appointments; provides resources such as health and wellness classes, professional mental health counseling, and gas cards for transportation to appointments; and works to build a community of survivors and volunteers to Forge a new future together.