Breast cancer patients empowered at retreat in Hancock woods
The New Hampshire nonprofit was one of 100 individuals and groups honored at the event this June.
Money raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs.
So when Borry had a breast cancer reoccurrence, she asked Moran to help her plan an Outward Bound-type weekend for women like herself.
“When Betty passed in 2001 she really wanted this to be something that continued. She believed so strongly in the power of women helping women,” Cote said.
Cote, who attended the first retreat in 1995, said her breast cancer journey was forever changed after the first retreat and the adventure challenges she and the other women over came.
“We are there for an entire weekend. ... We have the opportunity to share and to talk and tell our stories, but we do it in a way that it’s active and it’s outside and being together. It’s a total break from your life, no cooking, no cleaning, no taking care of kids,” Cote said. “It was truly a retreat from our life of treatment diagnosis.”
Because of the success of the first retreat it continued every year, and now the nonprofit runs three retreats a year, two in the fall and one in the winter.
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