Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center Celebrates 10 Years of Service with Endowment Challenge

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Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center is celebrating 10 years of service this month. Since its inception, Michelle’s Place has provided over 60,000 services to Temecula Valley. To mark this milestone the non-profit is starting The Michelle’s Place Endowment to ensure the organization will be around to provide breast health services for years to come. A donor has stepped forward issuing a challenge to meet his $25,000 donation to the endowment by the end of 2011.

10 Year Medallion
We are proud to see how far Michelle’s Place has come in 10 years. It would not have been possible without the continuous dedication and passion of our boards, staff and volunteers."

Michelle’s Place is the result of the dying wish of 26-year-old Michelle Watson. Michelle was mis-diagnosed for years before being diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer at age 23. She struggled with the lack of support available to women diagnosed with breast cancer in her community. Michelle felt no one should have to face this disease alone and she wanted a place for women with breast cancer to come for support and information. When her family and friends gathered seven months after her death to figure out how to make her wish come true, the pain was raw and tears flowed freely, but the mission was clear. To hear more from the founders of Michelle's Place, watch the Michelle's Place Founders video.

Founded in 2001, Michelle’s Place has become a premier resource for women dealing with breast cancer. The center provides free resources to women and their families including the breast health assistance program to ensure breast cancer is caught in its early stages. The center also provides assistance to women in the form of comfort items (wigs, scarves, prostheses), a lending library, educational seminars, weekly meditation and exercise classes, lymphedema management, free and low-cost diagnostic breast health services, temporary financial support, and support groups for women and children.

“We are proud to see how far Michelle’s Place has come in 10 years. It would not have been possible without the continuous dedication and passion of our Executive and Advisory Boards, staff and volunteers. It is an honor to be a part of this and I am so grateful for how the community has come together in the last 10 years to support Michelle's Place. ” stated Marilyn Watson, Founder, President of the Executive Board, and Michelle Watson’s Mother.

Michelle’s Place hosts two major fundraisers each year: Spring Fling and Celebration of Life Golf Tournament. Smaller fundraisers and many community-organized fundraisers also help support the center. Executive Director, Kim Goodnough explains, “The Michelle’s Place Endowment will allow us to ensure Michelle’s Place will be here and continue to serve Temecula Valley after we are gone.”

Individuals may contact Executive Director, Kim Goodnough at kgoodnough@michellesplace.org or visit the website at http://www.michellesplace.org for more information. Like Michelle’s Place on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PinkRibbonMP

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