DayOne Matters 

DayOne Matters 

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Read on to learn about a non-profit organization that wants to help support and empower women through their breast and gynecological cancer journeys.

If you need support after being diagnosed with breast and gynecological cancer, there is an organization that‘s here to help. 

“DayOne Matters of Greater Cincinnati is a non-profit organization that provides one-on-one support, trusted resources and generous assistance to breast and gynecological cancer fights, survivors and caregivers,” says Amy Darrah, Co-founder and President. “Through our IMPACT Giving Foundation, we provide Chemo and radiation bags, healthy meals and medical bill assistance to fighters and survivors when they are in need.”

Launched alongside Co-founder Brenda Walton, DayOne Matters began three years ago, but it officially launched last month. “DayOne Matters is volunteer-run and we currently have 13 volunteers and are growing,” says Darrah. 

The inspiration behind starting the organization came from the feeling of Darrah and Walton had during their cancer journeys. “Our inspiration was born out of the isolation and frustration we felt, coupled with the lack of available resources, at the time of our diagnoses and throughout our cancer journeys. Professional programs and products that are specifically needed by women dealing with cancer were not conveniently available to us,” Darrah says. “As we began talking with other women who had dealt with cancer, their stories were quite similar to ours. We decided that we could do better. By empowering women to take charge of their journey, providing trusted resources, caring friendships, consistency and reasons to be positive, we’ve created an organization that is changing how to deal with a cancer diagnosis.”

The name of the organization is so important for the mission of DayOne Matters. “We determined that Cincinnati area women dealing with breast and gynecological cancer, whether a fighter, survivor or caregiver, should be uplifted in a positive, holistic manner and that no matter where they were in their journey, support would start now. This would be their DayOne,” Darrah says.

DayOne Matters provides different services to women going through their cancer journey, so they don’t have to stress. These services include:

• Sol Sisters: “One-on-one support where a fighter is matched with a Sol Sister mentor who shares her same diagnosis, but has attained survivor status. A Sol Sister is a ‘girlfriend who gets it,’” they say. “She is a partner who walks alongside a fighter to support, listen and cheer on her new friend. Sol Sisters are also available for survivors and caregivers who need support and encouragement.”
 
• Local Resources: “Trusted resources who have been vetted by DayOne Matters. It is a one-stop-shop of professionals, places, classes and products that we feel are sensitive to and can be beneficial to someone dealing with cancer,” they say.
 
• IMPACT Giving Foundation does the following:
 
o Chemo and Radiation Bags: “Bags filled with healthy and organic items that are helpful to women during chemo or radiation treatment. Smaller bags are given to local oncology offices for their patients and deluxe bags are given to women in Sol Sister partnerships,” Darrah and Walton say. “People get excited about our bags because they are filled with thoughtful items that make you happy.”
o Healthy Meals: “For women undergoing chemotherapy and who are unable to prepare meals for themselves and/or their families, DayOne Matters provides healthy and delicious meals. Daily optionsare available to choose from and are delivered to homes by our volunteers,” they say. 
o Medical Bill Assistance: DayOne Matters provides financial help for bills related to cancer for fightersand survivors. 

The organization defines success through the support and encouragement felt by the people. “For every woman we empower, support, encourage, uplift, connect and cheer on through any of our programs, we claim success,” Darrah says. “We are women supporting women in every stage of their cancer journey. We build friendships that can last a lifetime.”

DayOne Matters is a unique organization that is authentic and relatable. “We ‘get it’ because each of us has a cancer journey. We know what type of support is truly needed and we have created extremely successful, tailored programs that work,” they say. “We’ve also created extensive lists to serve as a one-stop-shop for positive cancer-related information. From service providers, products and programs, these continually updated lists contain a wealth of information for the woman dealing with cancer.”

The organization is a big part of the community of Madeira because they educate and empower people. “We are the fighters, survivors and caregivers and we are connecting women like us and helping them thrive through adversity because we know that positivity helps heal the mind, body and soul.”

DayOneMatters is located at 6911 Miami Avenue, Madeira, Ohio 45243. To learn more, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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