Hello from my desk at the newly expanded offices of Albie Aware. Now that I have experienced my first Breast Cancer Awareness month and I can catch my breath; I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned.
As you may know, Albie Aware is a lean, yet dynamic organization consisting of myself and an administrator in the office, a dedicated Board of Directors, a host of compassionate volunteers, and a few part-time contractors. With this team, we serve 350 clients annually. This year, I am sad to say, that number may reach 400 people of all ages and backgrounds who will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
This disease can impact anyone… along with families and friends.
In my short tenure at Albie Aware, I have come to realize that I have three main priorities – To make sure the service and quality of care we provide to women and men facing breast cancer does not falter. We spend roughly $1,000 per person/per year on our mission to provide life-saving diagnostic testing, patient advocacy, prevention education, and compassionate support to local individuals facing or fighting breast cancer.
In order to accomplish that first priority, I must succeed at my second priority – To maintain and enhance healthy relationships with supporters without whom we might have to close our doors. Your contributions make a huge difference for us.
And finally, my third priority – To establish and grow partnerships to further our mission and bring more support and education to the women and men in the greater Sacramento area that we serve.
In this year of growth, change and transition, I would like to renew our relationships with clients, sponsors and partners and generate an honest and open dialogue. What can we do better? How can we be better partners? To this end, I intend to open new lines of communication with all of you. I am always available to you.