The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts – A Voice for Women & Girls

Annual Appeal

Are you ready to invest…in changing and saving lives?

The difference the YWCA makes in our community is impactful in so many ways, including helping survivors heal from domestic violence and sexual assault, providing safe, affordable housing for families and supporting the economic stability of survivors.  As we sit down to write to those who invest with us in the critical work we do, we struggle to select just one story to share with you about the impact our services have made in the lives of at-risk women. While we have hundreds of stories about the success, the healing, the growth and the triumph that women and their families experience through our programs, today we share with you the story of Rosaria, a young woman who attended a health workshop in our Women’s Health Services (WHS) program.

Rosaria’s Story
Two years ago at age 25, Rosaria came to Lawrence from the Dominican Republic, fleeing domestic violence. She left one major life challenge behind only to meet another this past spring. At a WHS workshop on breast health, Rosaria shared she had a history of breast cancer in her extended family. We secured a mammography screening for her at our health partner Lawrence General Hospital. Sadly, it revealed Stage 3 invasive breast cancer. Although working, Rosaria has no medical benefits. Because of our partnership, Rosaria has access to cutting edge medical care. While devastating that she had a mastectomy this past summer and is now in chemo treatments which will be followed by radiation in the spring of 2019, Rosaria’s medical team believes she has a 97% chance of surviving. Without YWCA services would Rosaria have had any chance at all to survive?

When you invest with YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts, you are truly investing in work that changes lives and save lives.

Best wishes,

Susan Staples, Executive Director

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