HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - In 2011, Pamela Sandifer was diagnosed with breast cancer. The same time she was dealing with the death of her daughter in law.
"First of all I couldn't believe it. I just got quiet. I just couldn't seem like to be able to say I have cancer because, I didn't have any symptoms that said I had cancer," said Sandifer.
After a successful surgery, Sandifer was hit with expensive medical bills and filled out a Pink Ribbon Fund grant application.
"They were there to give me the help and the first thing they did was from the beginning they gave a thousand dollars towards my bill," said Sandifer.
Susan Light is the CEO and co-founder of the Pink Ribbon Fund. What started out as a small fundraising organization at her kitchen table 12 years ago, has now provided financial assistance for more than 800 breast cancer patients across the Pine Belt.
"We're like the little engine that could. We just kept chugging away, and all of a sudden one day we were looking at our bank statements and we realized. We've surpassed a million dollars," Light said.
Through annual fundraisers and corporate donations, The Pink Ribbon fund is able to use one hundred percent of the money raised on breast cancer patients.
"One thing we promised when we started this organization was that we would never pay any office overhead, any supplies, even our phone number 450-Pink is donated," Light said.
Sandifer is now four years cancer free and works as a volunteer the Pink Ribbon Fund.
"I was just overjoyed to be a part of that. Because how you give to others that giving comes back to you," Sandifer said.
Light hopes to expand The Pink Ribbon fund to include chapters around the state so she can help more women.
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