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Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center brings hope and wholeness in recovery to breast cancer survivors and their loved ones in the Greater Birmingham area.
Caroline McClain, the manager of the Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, speaks at the July meeting of the East Walker Chamber of Commerce.
BBJ Nonprofit Awards 2018: Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center
Brown and representatives of several organizations including Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center increased breast cancer awareness during Partnerships in Birmingham: Collaborations that Advance Breast Cancer Awareness, Research and Treatment, a meeting for healthcare professionals at the St. Vincent’s Bruno Conference Center on April 27. About 100 doctors, healthcare providers and hospital administrators attended.
Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center’s Program and Volunteer Coordinator, participated in Camp Bluebird and led an activity focused on the importance of nutrition.
On Oct. 14, breast cancer survivors and their loved ones from Blount, Cullman, and Walker counties were provided a day of relaxation, rest, and reflection of their breast cancer journey at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center in Cullman.
What's so funny about breast cancer? Carla Youngblood can tell you. And after just a few minutes, we bet she'll have you laughing. To help others combat fear when breast cancer strikes, Youngblood has become an advocate at the Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center in Birmingham. In this volunteer role, she offers information, support and guidance to women as they go through the process of diagnosis, medical appointments and treatment.
The Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center offers monthly gardening classes to survivors and co- survivors – care givers, loved ones, healthcare professionals. The goal is to “tie survivorship and health to something related to gardening.
St. Vincent’s Health System is hosting a National Cancer Survivors Day event on Sunday to commemorate National Cancer Survivors Day. Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, which offers support, knowledge, strength and direction for both survivors and co-survivors will be there.

Forge- WBRC - May 5, 2017

The Breast Cancer Support Group of Walker County is inviting all breast cancer survivors and their co-survivors (family and friends who care for them) to their monthly meeting being held today at 1:30 p.m. at the Carl Elliott Library in Jasper. A representative from the new Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center in Birmingham will be the guest speaker
Mother and daughter, both nurses, Madeline and Kristen share their journey in dealing with cancer and survivorship following Kristen’s breast cancer diagnosis at age 35.

Collaborative Care - November 22, 2016

Rebecca Di Piazza isn’t sure anything could have surprised her more than being diagnosed with breast cancer at 24. So she fought. And a decade later, she’s not only still here, but she’s also helping others who are walking the same road.
When Susan Sellers was diagnosed with breast cancer, she got nervous. And then she got quiet. “My kids were 10 and 13 at the time, and when you have kids, it’s different — you don’t talk about it because you don’t want them to be scared,” she said. But she needed to talk.

Restoring Normalcy - October 1, 2016

Survivor uses experience to help others fighting breast cancer.

Forging On - October 1, 2016

Why Forge? This short question opens a door for people like Rebecca Di Piazza to talk about a new resource available for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families.
Community leaders from Brookwood Baptist, UAB Medicine, UAB School of Nursing, Grandview, and St. Vincent’s Health System call the Forge breast cancer survivorship support center collaboration something remarkable in our community.
The Breast Cancer Survivorship Rehabilitation Initiative unveiled Forge as the official name of the community-based therapeutic program. The name, Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, was chosen to represent and embody the spirit of survivorship and the personal triumph over cancer, according to a press release from the center.
“To Forge” means to steadily make progress and invokes a feeling of strength and safety. It means to be strong, powerful, brave and steadfast. The term embodies the journey of the breast cancer survivor – a steady and gradual forward movement in life, even in the face of obstacles.
Breast Cancer Survivorship Community Report Released On the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham released a comprehensive report on breast cancer survivorship services in the area.
The Women’s Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham awards $287,000 grant for Breast Cancer Survivorship Rehabilitation Initiative.
09/25/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Good vs. Bad Insects
All bugs are not created equal! Ever wonder what is crawling on your beautiful flower or ripe tomato in your garden? This month we’ll learn how to tell the beneficial insects from the bad bugs and how they help or hurt your garden. In addition, we’ll discuss how to use IPM (Integrated Pest Management) to help solve pest problems in your garden, while minimizing risks to yourself and the environment. We will also share information about supportive services available to breast cancer survivors in our community that help improve overall health and wellbeing. To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
register
10/11/2018
Forge Blount County Support Group
Join us for our monthly Support Group Meeting in Blount County! On October 11, Dr. William Johnson of Ob-Gyn Associates of Alabama, PC at St. Vincent's Health System will be speaking with us. We will discuss the loss of estrogen due to menopause and the side effects of treatment. Join us and learn how to live your best quality of life. For more information, call 205-838-6159 Anyone who has been touched by breast cancer is welcome to attend, including survivors, their loved ones and friends, and the healthcare professionals that serve them. We look forward to seeing you there!

When? 6:00 pm

Where? Cross Roads Baptist Church, 801 State Highway 160, Warrior, Alabama 35180
10/12/2018
Shop for Good
Come celebrate the launch of the Kendra Scott 2018 Winter Collection! Join us for complimentary makeup and hair touch-ups by BLO Blow Dry Bar and shop ‘til you drop as Kendra Scott launches their 2018 Winter Collection and unique pieces sold only in October for breast cancer awareness month. Kendra Scott will also provide sips & sweets and donate 20% of the proceeds to Forge! During the event, Forge will recognize several honorees who will create and take home a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry as a gift from Kendra Scott. Spread the word to friends, family, coworkers, and anyone you know who has been touched by breast cancer. If you can’t make it to the event, call the store directly (205-545-5249) on October 12 or drop in earlier that day and mention Forge to have proceeds donated. By supporting this event and Forge, you are directly serving our local breast cancer community!

When? 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where? Kendra Scott, 225 Summit Boulevard, Suite 101, Birmingham, AL 35243
10/23/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Composting
Composting is nature's way of recycling with numerous benefits: it enriches soil, helps retain moisture and suppresses plant diseases and pests; reduces the need for chemical fertilizers; reduces methane emissions from landfills; and lowers your carbon footprint. As composting can build a foundation for soil health, we will also discuss how to build a foundation for survivor health. You will also make a compost bin to take home! Come and learn all about the benefits of composting, micro and macronutrients and safe lifting techniques to use with your new compost bin. To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
register
11/09/2018
Forge Volunteer Training (Day 1)
Are you interested in supporting Breast Cancer Survivors and their loved ones? Sign-up for Forge's 2 day Volunteer training! For more information or to register, contact Forge at 205-838-6159 or email info@forgeon.org. Forge Volunteer Training is an 8 hour training that takes place over 2 days. Sessions include: Forge Mission, Visions, and Roles Forge Communication and Documentation Practical Support for Survivors Psychosocial & Spiritual Support for Survivors Caring for Breast Cancer Survivors Insurance & Financial Impact of Breast Cancer Effective Communication **Please note: Applications must be submitted prior to training

When? 4:00pm-8:00pm

Where? Oasis Counseling for Women & Children, 1900 14th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205
11/10/2018
Forge Volunteer Training (Day 2)
Are you interested in supporting Breast Cancer Survivors and their loved ones? Sign-up for Forge's 2 day Volunteer training! For more information or to register, contact Forge at 205-838-6159 or email info@forgeon.org. Forge Volunteer Training is an 8 hour training that takes place over 2 days. Sessions include: Forge Mission, Visions, and Roles Forge Communication and Documentation Practical Support for Survivors Psychosocial & Spiritual Support for Survivors Caring for Breast Cancer Survivors Insurance & Financial Impact of Breast Cancer Effective Communication **Please note: Applications must be submitted prior to training

When? 9:00am-1:00pm

Where? Oasis Counseling for Women & Children, 1900 14th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205
11/27/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Holiday Decor
Ribbons! Mistletoe! Berries! Come and prepare for the holidays while learning decorating tips and tricks. Put these new skills to use while decorating a miniature potted tree to use as a festive centerpiece or give as a holiday gift. Learn how to plant and care for your tree after the holidays to enjoy it throughout the year. We will also discuss techniques and tips to help breast cancer survivors and co-survivors cope with stress and stay healthy during the holiday season. To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
register

For more info or to get an event added, please email: info@forgeon.org