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Shining Light for Breast Cancer Warriors

Breast cancer, a formidable adversary that affects millions of lives each year, not only takes a toll on physical health but also brings about a myriad of emotional and financial challenges. In the heart of New York, a beacon of support shines brightly for those in need – Embrace Your Sisters (EYS). This remarkable organization, established in 2006, has become a lifeline for individuals battling breast cancer across 13 counties around Rochester.

What makes them truly unique is their dedication to filling a crucial niche in breast cancer services. The organization specializes in offering short-term emergency financial assistance to local residents. The impact of a breast cancer diagnosis is not limited to medical challenges alone; it often brings about an overwhelming financial burden. EYS steps in to alleviate these financial hardships, allowing patients and their families to focus on healing and recovery.

A grant from Embrace Your Sisters can be a lifeline for people grappling with mounting medical expenses. These emergency funds cover co-pays, medical bills, rent or mortgage payments, utilities, and other essential expenses. This holistic approach aims to improve the quality of life for individuals and maintain a stable environment during their arduous battle. EYS provides more than just financial support; it extends a helping hand towards practical needs, emotional well-being, and other vital services, creating a comprehensive safety net for those in need.

At the heart of Embrace Your Sisters lies an extraordinary story of compassion and determination. The organization was born out of the experience of one of its founders, who faced her own breast cancer diagnosis. Recognizing the financial strain caused by treatment options not covered by insurance, the idea of helping others in similar predicaments ignited. What started as a modest fundraiser, a chicken barbecue, has blossomed into a robust force for good, having raised and disbursed almost half a million dollars to hundreds of survivors.

The memory of the organization’s founder, Chrissann Philipson, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2016, continues to inspire and drive the mission of Embrace Your Sisters. Her legacy lives on through the organization’s impactful work.

Krista Jackson, second vice president of EYS, shares her personal connection to the cause as a breast cancer survivor of ten years. She emphasizes that the organization is her way to pay it forward, offering support and strength to those navigating the challenges of breast cancer. As a 100% volunteer-driven organization, Jackson emphasizes that every donation directly translates into assistance for those who need it most, making each contribution a tangible step towards easing the burdens of survivors.

Embrace Your Sisters organizes two major fundraising events each year. September 24th marked the 12th annual Positively Pink in Pittsford Walk along the scenic Erie Canal and offered an opportunity to raise awareness, come together as a community, and support the cause.

The organization’s Tea at Two fashion show fundraiser, held at Casa Larga Vineyard on the first Sunday of May, features survivors as models accompanied by their heartwarming stories, raising funds while celebrating the strength and resilience of those affected by breast cancer. DJs and guest personalities, a silent auction, raffles, sweet and savory snacks, cash bar, and Casa Larga wine make this an incredible event. Capped at 300 guests, get your tickets early as it often sells out!

Embrace Your Sisters stands as a testament to the power of community, compassion, and collective action. In a world where breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women, the organization’s unwavering commitment to providing practical support and essential resources shines as a beacon of hope. Whether through financial aid, emotional assistance, or community events, EYS continues to extend its embrace to those fighting the battle against breast cancer, reminding them they are not alone in their journey.

To become part of this powerful movement, volunteer your time, lend support through donations, or participate in the organization’s events. For more information about their impactful work and upcoming events, visit their website at, find them on social media, or contact them at or call/text 585-624-9690. Be a part of their mission, turning compassion into action and standing shoulder to shoulder with survivors in their fight against breast cancer.


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