About

Mission Statement

The Pink Ribbonettes are a local volunteer self-help group by and for breast cancer survivors, their families, and their caregivers. This group is dedicated to encouraging and helping those diagnosed with breast cancer on their individual journey through cancer and recovery by offering caring, experience-based support.

What the Pink Ribbonettes Do

When a person is diagnosed with breast cancer, if they wish, one or two of our members will visit with them and offer information, support, and comfort during treatment. There are so many things that these survivors had to learn on their own during their treatment, they want to pass their knowledge on to new breast cancer patients to minimize some of the surprises and side effects they may experience.

Pink Ribbonettes group photo Newly diagnosed individuals receive a Pink Ribonettes tote bag to cary with them during their visits for treatment, etc. Inside, there is a small pillow, a journal, pen, and other helpful information on surviving cancer treatment, and navigating the journey to full recovery.

Meetings

The Pink Ribbonettes meet the 1st Tuesday of each month from 10:30 to 12:00, except during June, July, and August. Our meeting place is the Millbrook Baptist Church "Atrium" at 179 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC. (Entrance accross from Kennedy Middle School.) We share our stories, ideas, work on projects, and from time to time welcome a guest speaker. There is always a Pink Ribbonette who is there to listen and lend support.

History

This ACS Breast Cancer Survivor’s Support Group was established around 1997-98. Ms. Mickey Perkins was approached by ACS paid worker Angie Sanders and Julie Broome, who were working in the Aiken ACS Office, to see if she would be interested in heading up a local support group here in Aiken. With their help & support, they sent out letters to breast cancer survivors.

Peggy Piesch was among the very first ladies to come to the original meeting. There were approximately 4 – 6 of us who said we were very interested in participating in this endeavor. Our first order of business was to establish a name for the group, thus The Pink Ribbonettes were official. Eventually, Ms. Perkins resigned as the facilitator and Peggy Piesch took over the responsibility with the help of Zelda Clayton.

The Pink Ribbonettes would like to thank the American Cancer Society for their continued support and resources.