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Your Bosom Buddies II, Inc.: Celebrating 12 Years
Posted April 17, 2012

The Board of Directors of Your Bosom Buddies II, Inc. would like to wish all of our Buddies and their loved ones, a very Happy & Healthy New Year! This March, We will be celebrating our 12th Birthday.Throughout these years, there has been many changes in our group. We started out in a small trailer and slowly progressed to Conference Rooms (large & small). Our meetings back then consisted of 7 or 8 survivors. We now average 30-35 survivors per meeting. We are so happy & grateful to Wellington Regional Medical Center for allowing us to meet in the Wellington Cancer Center, a very comfortable and personal place to meet.

Some of our Buddies come for support while going through their journey and when their journey is complete, they move on. We hope you know our door is never closed and you are ALWAYS welcomed back. Others stay on to offer support and to give back. These buddies are the shoulder for others to lean on. We even have buddies that love to come to socialize and visit with friends they don’t normally see during the month. Our group prides itself on being a caring, sharing, breast cancer support group and throughout the years we have done just that. We try hard to provide interesting, informative and fun guest speakers, and encourage our buddies to give us ideas on what they (you) would like to do at our meetings This group belongs to ALL of us and your opinions are important.

Last October we kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a Brunch/Fashion Show to honor our members. It was quite the success and we will be having another one like it on October 6, 2012. There will be a small fee for the tickets.We plan on continuing our Fundraising Event “Pink Ribbon Gala” which will be held in 2013. Date will be announced in the future. Throughout 2011, Your Bosom Buddies II provided financial assistance to many breast cancer survivors in Palm Beach County totaling over $10,000.00 Our goal is to be able to raise our Grant amount in order to offer more assistance to those who need us. We are looking forward to a very prosperous year and we need your help to make it happen. All we ask is that you please stay involved.

Thank you to all of Your Bosom Buddies II who attended the 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, The 2011 Race For The Cure and the 2011 American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Those of us who participated in the Flash Mob in City Place had a blast and we are looking forward to the next one. For those of you who weren’t able to be at any of these events, we truly missed you and hope to see you in 2012.

We are asking all of Your Bosom Buddies II to please check out our new & improved website at www.yourbosombuddies2.org and our Face Book page. These are great ways for you to keep informed with our (your group) As always we will keep you updated via emails and Newsletters. How about sharing with your buddies when you reach a milestone in survivor ship: a wedding, anniversary, grandchild on the way, going on a trip, birthday? Is there someone in the hospital or ill at home that we need to know about? All you have to do is email yourbosombuddies@aol.com and we will do the rest.

We look forward to seeing all of our Buddies at our next monthly meeting!
Tee, Lorna, Mariem, Abbe, Claudia, Pat, Susan, and Carmen

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Posted December 23, 2011

On Saturday, October 17, 2009. YBBII joined over 100 other survivors in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Florida. We all met at 8 o’clock in the morning smiling and ready to do our walk in spite of the extremely hot and humid weather. We collected our bags from the American Cancer Society that were filled with goodies just for the survivors, and stood around like beauty pageant queens assembling our “Survivor” sashes which we wear with great pride. From there it was time to “loosen” up with some fun exercises.

We were entertained by a beautiful choir and then listened to our very own buddie, Genienne Navarro, tell her story. There were many smiles, tears and hugs between survivors, husbands, wives, children, and friends. I couldn’t tell you exactly how many people were there, however, the line of walkers went on for miles. There is no better feeling than getting to the end of the walk and knowing that YOU have just overcome one more challenge.

For those of you who were not able to walk this time you were missed but not forgotten. Hope to see you all at the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure.

Abbe Felton

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Community Service Day
Posted December 23, 2011

On October 4, 2009, the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida located in the western communities held a Community Service Day where Your Bosom Buddies II was invited to participate along with 12 other non-profit organizations such as Hugs & Kisses, Locks of Love, Forgotten Soldiers, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Oasis Compassion Agency, etc. The focus of the day was to teach the Girls Scouts about the value of Community Service, a little about each agency, and for them to have an opportunity to help each of the 13 agencies in some way. Several of the girl scout troops worked, with our help, to stuff and sew arm pillows for us to take after the event.

The afternoon was delightful with Cindy Johnson, one of our buddies, explaining BOSOMs to the girls, and talking about breast cancer support and why we are so grateful for the pillows that were finished and bagged and stuffed in our cars! The Community Service Day was held at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Headquarters in West Palm Beach, and was organized by Carolyn “Ocean” Friedman, Volunteer Program Manager for the Western Communities and Susan Rizzolo, Volunteer Service Manager. The event was sponsored by Cadette Troop 20961 and Senior Troop 20960.

Thank you girls and leaders for making and donating over 150 arm pillows for our Bosom Buddies!

Tee Franzoso