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Change Agents - January 01, 2019

Revolution requires many players. A disease is rarely cured in isolation, and even then many more people must act in order to carry a solution into the world. So it is with any philanthropic effort. Mountain Brook and its surroundings are filled with change agents whose passions fuel revolutionary efforts. Their stories can inspire others to come alongside or launch other projects that will shape the community for good.
Camp Bluebird offers a period of respite, camaraderie, education, and fun to cancer survivors from all health systems throughout Birmingham

Lacie's Story - October 25, 2018

Now I can speak from a place of experience with cancer
Survivorship has become an important subject for those in the cancer community and here's how Forge defines it.
Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center brings hope and wholeness in recovery to breast cancer survivors and their loved ones in the Greater Birmingham area.
A Journey of Courage and Hope - Forge and Deep South Cancer Foundation hosted the first retreat for metastatic breast cancer survivors in our region.
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
Each year the Birmingham Business Journal awards those nonprofits that are making a big difference in the community in its Nonprofit Awards, which recognize both nonprofit organizations and companies that support the local charitable and philanthropic communities. In 2018 Forge was selected for this prestigious honor.
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 05, 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 01, 2016

Survivor uses experience to help others fighting breast cancer.

Forging On - October 01, 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.
03/14/2019
Forge Share: Blount County Breast Cancer Support Group
Join us for our monthly Support Group Meeting in Blount County! Different topics and programs are offered each month. For more information, call 205-838-6159

When? 6pm-7:30pm

Where? Cross Roads Baptist Church, 801 State Highway 160, Warrior, Alabama 35180
03/15/2019
Wings of Hope Cancer Support Expo
Forge is hosting our 2nd Annual Wings of Hope Cancer Support Expo at the Jasper Civic Center on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 10am-2pm in partnership with Capstone Rural Health. This event is FREE and breakfast and lunch are included. Our keynote speaker is two-time breast cancer survivor and ABC 33/40 news anchor Brenda Ladun. Our closing event is a comedy show by local celebrity, survivor and comedienne Carla Youngblood. The Expo schedule includes educational presentations, an impressive lineup of speakers, resource information, opportunities to connect with others and more. This Expo is open to everyone including survivors of all cancers; their friends, family and loved ones; healthcare professionals; and the general public. Registration and breakfast will start at 9am on the day of the event; arrive early to get a good seat! For more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159 or 1-800-811-8925. Pre-registration is not necessary and attendees can attend the entire event or the portion their schedule allows. Learn more here: https://forgeon.org/news-events/wings-of-hope

When? 10:00am - 2:00pm

Where? Jasper Civic Center, 204 19th Street East, Jasper AL 35501
register
03/19/2019
Forge Gardening Outside the Box: Container Gardening
Sometimes in life we have to step outside the box and allow the pieces to fall where they may. It is then that we are able to put things back into perspective where they belong. In this month’s gardening class, participants will learn breathing techniques, along with chair yoga exercises, that will teach participants the techniques of relaxation. These relaxation techniques will equip participants with the basic skills of containing themselves, when things seem to be out of the container. Participants will further develop their container skills by creating their own container garden with a Master Gardener. Participants are asked to bring their own containers*. These containers are mobile, which will allow the participants to have control over the amount of moisture, sunlight, and temperature of their garden. Most importantly, this container garden will make a wonderful addition to the exterior of the home! *Please note: Participants are asked to bring their own container to hold their container garden. Containers should be approximately 10 inches in diameter. 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? 10:00-11:30 am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
register
04/04/2019
SURVIVE STRONG Monthly Exercise & Wellness Class
Movement is Medicine: Join us and other survivors to maximize your movement, exercise, learn about wellness, & navigate survivorship! At our Survive Strong class, we passionately strive to inspire and empower you to reach your full potential as you navigate breast cancer survivorship. Each class will include an educational survivorship topic component and an exercise class. We will focus on maximizing your movement to get you back to the activities you love! This month's class will be Zumba. Chrissy Holden who is a Zumba instructor with the Hoover YMCA will lead the class. Space is Limited, Register today!

When? 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Where? BenchMark Physical Therapy (Homewood), 1045 Broadway Park, Suite 107, Homewood, AL
register
04/11/2019
Forge Share: Blount County Breast Cancer Support Group
Join us this month as local gardening and horticulture expert Beth O'Rear, a Regional Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, discusses the benefits of keeping a gardening journal. We will also have the opportunity to share how our own journals or other coping skills have helped us in our cancer journey. Don't forget to bring your own personal journal. For more information, call 205-838-6159

When? 6pm-7:30pm

Where? Cross Roads Baptist Church 801 State Highway 160, Warrior, Alabama 35180
05/02/2019
SURVIVE STRONG Monthly Exercise & Wellness Class
Movement is Medicine: Join us and other survivors to maximize your movement, exercise, learn about wellness, & navigate survivorship! At our Survive Strong class, we passionately strive to inspire and empower you to reach your full potential as you navigate breast cancer survivorship. Each class will include an educational survivorship topic component and an exercise class. We will focus on maximizing your movement to get you back to the activities you love! Space is Limited, Register today!

When? 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Where? BenchMark Physical Therapy (Homewood), 1045 Broadway Park, Suite 107, Homewood, AL
register
05/09/2019
Forge Share: Blount County Breast Cancer Support Group
Join us for our monthly Support Group Meeting in Blount County! Different topics and programs are offered each month. For more information, call 205-838-6159

When? 6pm-7:30pm

Where? Cross Roads Baptist Church 801 State Highway 160, Warrior, Alabama 35180
05/17/2019
Forge Volunteer Training (Day 1 of 2)
Are you a good listener? Are you interested in supporting breast cancer survivors and their loved ones? Do you enjoy engaging with members of the community? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions you should apply to be a Forge volunteer!

When? 4:00pm/8:00pm

Where? Contact Forge at 205-838-6159 or email at info@forgeon.org. *Please note: applications must be submitted and an interview must be completed prior to training. **
05/18/2019
Forge Volunteer Training (Day 2 of 2)
Are you a good listener? Are you interested in supporting breast cancer survivors and their loved ones? Do you enjoy engaging with members of the community? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions you should apply to be a Forge volunteer!

When? 9:00-1:30 pm

Where? Contact Forge at 205-838-6159 or email at info@forgeon.org. *Please note: applications must be submitted and an interview must be completed prior to training. **
06/06/2019
SURVIVE STRONG Monthly Exercise & Wellness Class
Movement is Medicine: Join us and other survivors to maximize your movement, exercise, learn about wellness, & navigate survivorship! At our Survive Strong class, we passionately strive to inspire and empower you to reach your full potential as you navigate breast cancer survivorship. Each class will include an educational survivorship topic component and an exercise class. We will focus on maximizing your movement to get you back to the activities you love! Space is Limited, Register to day!

When? 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Where? BenchMark Physical Therapy (Homewood), 1045 Broadway Park, Suite 107, Homewood, AL
register
06/13/2019
Forge Share: Blount County Breast Cancer Support Group
Join us for our monthly Support Group Meeting in Blount County! Different topics and programs are offered each month. For more information, call 205-838-6159

When? 6pm-7:30pm

Where? Cross Roads Baptist Church 801 State Highway 160, Warrior, Alabama 35180
06/18/2019
Forge Gardening Born to Be Wild: Wildflower Flower Arranging
Did you know that beauty can be found in chaos? It all depends on how you choose to arrange it. This month, participants have the opportunity to tame the wild, by creating a flower arrangement consisting of Central Alabama’s most stunning wildflowers. Participants are asked to bring their own vases*, allowing them to recreate stunning arrangements at home. Participants will learn about the benefits of flower arranging in regards to improving fine and gross motor skills. Participants will also learn about how to manage or prevent the side effects of treatment including lymphedema, muscle weakness, and neuropathy. Master Gardeners will guide participants as they arrange their very own wildflower masterpiece. These arrangements are guaranteed to be the focal point of an interesting conversation! *Please note: Participants are asked to bring their own vase to hold their flower arrangement. Vases should be 10.5 inches tall, 5 inches in diameter at the widest part (base) and 3.5 inches at the narrowest part (neck) of the vase. 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? 10:00-11:30 am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
register
07/11/2019
Forge Share: Blount County Breast Cancer Support Group
Join us for our monthly Support Group Meeting in Blount County! This month we are hosting our annual Summer BBQ! Call us for more information about the location and details: 205-838-6159

When? 6pm-7:30pm

Where? Please call for details: 205-838-6159
08/01/2019
SURVIVE STRONG Monthly Exercise & Wellness Class
Movement is Medicine: Join us and other survivors to maximize your movement, exercise, learn about wellness, & navigate survivorship! At our Survive Strong class, we passionately strive to inspire and empower you to reach your full potential as you navigate breast cancer survivorship. Each class will include an educational survivorship topic component and an exercise class. We will focus on maximizing your movement to get you back to the activities you love! Space is Limited, Register today!

When? 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Where? BenchMark Physical Therapy (Homewood), 1045 Broadway Park, Suite 107, Homewood, AL
register
08/08/2019
Forge Share: Blount County Breast Cancer Support Group
Join us for our monthly Support Group Meeting in Blount County! Different topics and programs are offered each month. For more information, call 205-838-6159

When? 6pm-7:30pm

Where? Cross Roads Baptist Church 801 State Highway 160, Warrior, Alabama 35180
08/20/2019
Forge Gardening Know What You Grow: Planning a Fall Garden
Fall is known as one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. The breathtaking hues of the leaves, the “just right” temperature, and the extra hour of sleep all serve as confirmation that autumn has arrived. However, as it relates to gardening, many question how to appropriately plan for a fall garden. In this month’s gardening class, a Master Gardener will teach participants about the appropriate methods to plan and care for their fall garden. In addition, participants will start their own kale garden from a peat pot. Furthermore, a specialist in oncology and nutrition with a passion for exploring effective lifestyle interventions to improve the lives of those impacted by cancer will share about vegetable gardening and nutrition during treatment throughout survivorship. 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? 10:00-11:30 am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
register
09/05/2019
SURVIVE STRONG Monthly Exercise & Wellness Class
Movement is Medicine: Join us and other survivors to maximize your movement, exercise, learn about wellness, & navigate survivorship! At our Survive Strong class, we passionately strive to inspire and empower you to reach your full potential as you navigate breast cancer survivorship. Each class will include an educational survivorship topic component and an exercise class. We will focus on maximizing your movement to get you back to the activities you love! Space is Limited, Register today!

When? 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Where? BenchMark Physical Therapy (Homewood), 1045 Broadway Park, Suite 107, Homewood, AL
register
09/12/2019
Forge Share: Blount County Breast Cancer Support Group
Join us for our monthly Support Group Meeting in Blount County! Different topics and programs are offered each month. For more information, call 205-838-6159

When? 6pm-7:30pm

Where? Cross Roads Baptist Church 801 State Highway 160, Warrior, Alabama 35180
09/20/2019
Forge Volunteer Training (Day 1 of 2)
Are you a good listener? Are you interested in supporting breast cancer survivors and their loved ones? Do you enjoy engaging with members of the community? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions you should apply to be a Forge volunteer!

When? 4:00 pm-8:00 pm

Where? Contact Forge at 205-838-6159 or email at info@forgeon.org. *Please note: applications must be submitted and an interview must be completed prior to training. **
09/21/2019
Forge Volunteer Training (Day 2 of 2)
Are you a good listener? Are you interested in supporting breast cancer survivors and their loved ones? Do you enjoy engaging with members of the community? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions you should apply to be a Forge volunteer!

When? 9:00-1:30 pm

Where? Contact Forge at 205-838-6159 or email at info@forgeon.org. *Please note: applications must be submitted and an interview must be completed prior to training. **
10/03/2019
SURVIVE STRONG Monthly Exercise & Wellness Class
Movement is Medicine: Join us and other survivors to maximize your movement, exercise, learn about wellness, & navigate survivorship! At our Survive Strong class, we passionately strive to inspire and empower you to reach your full potential as you navigate breast cancer survivorship. Each class will include an educational survivorship topic component and an exercise class. We will focus on maximizing your movement to get you back to the activities you love! Space is Limited, Register today!

When? 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Where? BenchMark Physical Therapy (Homewood), 1045 Broadway Park, Suite 107, Homewood, AL
register
11/07/2019
SURVIVE STRONG Monthly Exercise & Wellness Class
Movement is Medicine: Join us and other survivors to maximize your movement, exercise, learn about wellness, & navigate survivorship! At our Survive Strong class, we passionately strive to inspire and empower you to reach your full potential as you navigate breast cancer survivorship. Each class will include an educational survivorship topic component and an exercise class. We will focus on maximizing your movement to get you back to the activities you love!Space is Limited, Register today!

When? 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Where? BenchMark Physical Therapy (Homewood), 1045 Broadway Park, Suite 107, Homewood, AL
register
11/14/2019
Forge Share: Blount County Breast Cancer Support Group
Join us for our monthly Support Group Meeting in Blount County! Different topics and programs are offered each month. For more information, call 205-838-6159

When? 6pm-7:30PM

Where? Cross Roads Baptist Church 801 State Highway 160, Warrior, Alabama 35180
11/19/2019
Forge Gardening Decrease Stress by Decorating with Less: Transitional Holiday
When one hears, “Tis the Season,” visions of giving thanks, exchanging gifts, and kissing under the mistletoe are some of the first thoughts that come to mind. However, for some, it can be the exact opposite. Thoughts of managing an emotional, mental, and physical season of things to come can be overwhelming. Oftentimes, it is easy to become so consumed with decorating the home, entertaining, and purchasing gifts that the holiday season becomes one of stress instead of joy. During this class, participants will learn tips on how to decrease or better manage stress this holiday season. As an added bonus, participants will decorate their own centerpiece which can be interchanged and enjoyed during any holiday season. This class will teach participants how to simplify their holiday decorations, without sacrificing the uniqueness of their decor. 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? 10:00-11:30 am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
register
12/05/2019
SURVIVE STRONG Monthly Exercise & Wellness Class
Movement is Medicine: Join us and other survivors to maximize your movement, exercise, learn about wellness, & navigate survivorship! At our Survive Strong class, we passionately strive to inspire and empower you to reach your full potential as you navigate breast cancer survivorship. Each class will include an educational survivorship topic component and an exercise class. We will focus on maximizing your movement to get you back to the activities you love! Space is Limited, Register today!

When? 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Where? BenchMark Physical Therapy (Homewood), 1045 Broadway Park, Suite 107, Homewood, AL
register
12/12/2019
Forge Share: Blount County Breast Cancer Support Group
Join us for our monthly Support Group Meeting in Blount County! This month we are celebrating the holidays together over a meal and shared time together. Call us for details and the location: 205-838-6159

When? 6pm-7:30pm

Where? Call us for details: 205-838-6159

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