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Birmingham television news anchor Brenda Ladun will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Wings of Hope Cancer Support Expo on Friday.
Tune in to Talk of America's segment where FORGE and Capstone Rural Health share all the details about the upcoming 2nd Annual Wings of Hope Cancer Support Expo
Congratulations to our Director Caroline McClain, Forge Leadership Team Member Chris Nanni of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, partner Beth Bradner Davis of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, partner Kate O'Day of Gateway, and partner Shannon Ammons of Alabama Association of Nonprofits for being honored as Who's Who in Nonprofits by Birmingham Business Journal! Their work is so important to our mission at Forge, to serving those touched by breast cancer, and to our overall community.
Congratulations to our Director Caroline McClain who was honored as Birmingham’s Top 40 Under 40! This award is the most prestigious honor for young professionals who will be the leaders for Birmingham's economy for years to come.

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.
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! This month's topic is Therapeutic Yoga! Experience the heart of yoga’s effect through practicing gentle movement, breath work, and simple meditation. Experience a slow and mindful pace while challenging your balance, strength and flexibility. This is a slower paced class and modifications will be given so each student can practice at their ideal level. About the Instructor: In her own personal and professional journey, Keeley’s experience with yoga has morphed from intrigue - to practice - to teacher - to therapist; her background with the craft of Yoga Therapy has been honed over the last five years. Through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), Keeley Michael is a certified 1,000-hr Yoga Therapist. She has been a committed practitioner of yoga since 2010, and has dedicatedly studied under Yoga Therapist, Laura Jane Murphy, since 2013. Keeley has taught in a variety of settings from fitness centers to hospitals, and continues to serve clients one-on-one in Birmingham 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
07/19/2019
Forge Lunch & Learn: Practical Self-Care Techniques
Free lunch & learn discussing the importance, benefits & practical ways to implement self-care. Plus optional participation in Yoga Therapy, Arts in Medicine & Meditation. *Lunch will be provided. For Questions or additional information, please contact Forge: 205-838-6159 This event is hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center and the UAB Integrative Medicine Clinic. Forge's Healthcare Professional Lunch & Learns are designed to specifically address the needs of healthcare professionals that serve the breast cancer community as well as anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer and their loved ones.

When? 11:30-1:00pm

Where? Location: Wallace Tumor Institute, Room 231 1824 6th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35233 Paid Parking is Available at UAB 4th Avenue Parking Deck 1801 4th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35233
register
07/20/2019
Metastatic Breast Cancer Education & Support
Join us for an "Ask the Expert Q&A Session" with Dr. Gabrielle Rocque. This session will also be available via a closed webinar if you are unable to attend in person. To register for the in-person session or the webinar please call us at 205-838-6159.

When? 10:00-11:30 am

Where? Oasis Counseling 1908 14th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35205
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