Ernesta Wright, distressed by the devastating cancer mortality rates among African Americans, founded the G.R.E.E.N Foundation. Now its executive director, Wright’s foundation supports survivors of breast cancer, educates women on the importance of yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and links women to screening resources.
Although small in size, the G.R.E.E.N. Foundation’s reach spans from its Orange County base of operations in Southern California to the Bay Area in Northern California. Wright has developed and implemented programs that have served thousands of women. Since founding the G.R.E.E.N. Foundation in 2003, Wright has collaborated with the Susan G. Komen Orange County Affiliate, the American Cancer Society and other community organizations in her efforts to educate and support African American women throughout the state.
Wright understands a breast cancer patient’s need to build strength and muscle and, to maintain hope to endure chemotherapy and radiation treatments. To ensure they are never alone while going through cancer treatments, volunteers—armed with protein drinks and nutritional snacks—are dispatched to the homes of women battling cancer. And a monthly breast cancer support group facilitated by G.R.E.E.N. provides health education materials, funny books and a sisterly spirit that is shared well beyond each session’s end.
Women who have gone through treatment can offer support to other women, helping them to understand what to expect and providing comfort, even a hand to hold. “We are the sisters cheering and comforting ones through treatment,” states Wright.
Funding from Yoplait and the American Cancer Society will help Ernesta Wright and G.R.E.E.N. visit, educate and comfort more women battling cancer. Donate now to extend this support to even more women in need.