The Women Survivors Alliance believes in the power of stories to affect the world. It’s their mission. It’s also about carrying the mission of others forward.
After a breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, late fall had WSA Volunteer, Jenifer Niederwerfer, online reaching out to other survivors via social media. With two broken legs, an unfortunate accident between chemo and radiation treatments, the computer was her network to a world of wonderful and inspiring people.
That’s where she first met Taira Baughman.
Taira, a powerhouse lady and Stage 4 triple negative breast cancer patient, plopped a Santa head on her baldhead and delivered Christmas stockings stuffed with goodies, books, inspirational materials and Christmas joy to fellow patients at two chemo offices in the Nashville area. As Jen watched Taira’s Facebook video, she was inspired.
Taira gained her angel wings that spring, but Jen had already been given her legacy to carry onward. Over the past three years, the stocking project has grown and in 2017, Jen’s family, volunteers, survivors, co-survivors and supporters stuffed and delivered over 300 stockings to cancer centers around Middle Tennessee.
In 2018, the Women Survivors Alliance and Jen formed a partnership to expand the reach of the project throughout Tennessee and eventually throughout the southeast. “Stuffed with Love” is setting up to triple the stocking delivery to patients through more partnerships with cancer centers across the southeast and community donations – all born from of one person’s inspiring story of giving and the heart of another to keep the spirit of her story alive.
WSA’s Stuffed with Love project begins in July 1 every year and ends on December 24th.
Volunteers, drivers, supporters, financial and product donors are asked to contact Jen directly at Jen@WomenSurvivorsAlliance.org to ask how they can support this inspirational gift for cancer patients.