Mother and daughter relationships are often simultaneously challenging and joyous, but it's a unique bond that, for some, is the difference between life and death. This month's Grantee Spotlight highlights two instances where a mother-daughter relationship can provide the unparallel support one needs to access care and treatment.
Martin Luther King Health Center (MLKHC)
A new client from a rural city in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 27, 2014. Concerned by the change in appearance of her mother's breast, the daughter of this new client contacted MLKHC after hearing about the program online. Her mother postponed seeking help for months, even though her daughter had insisted that it was serious and needed attention. After receiving the daughter's request, MLKHC responded immediately and scheduled an appointment that same week. Because of her daughter's persistence and involvement, the breast cancer was caught at an early stage. MLKHC is grateful that the daughter took the initiative to reach out on behalf of her mother.. This action saved her mother and MLKHC is happy to have been able to help.
YWCA of Duluth
At the YWCA Mother's Day Walk Run in Duluth, Minnesota in May 2014, we witnessed a moving exchange between a mother-daughter team who came to the educational table to feel the breast-cancer models. The mother shared a story with her daughter about an aunt who had passed away from breast cancer a long time ago. Reflecting on the fact that her aunt would have most likely survived had she known the research and preventative measures we know today, the mother emphasized why it is so important to her that her daughter learn from her aunt's misfortune and make the effort to take care of herself and schedule her preventative visits.