Banking on Breast Cancer

Banking on Breast Cancer

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Twenty years ago, Tracie Metzger was studying to be a banker at Miami University. Today, she’s not only a mortgage loan officer, but she’s also a breast cancer survivor, 501(c)3 founder, doting wife and committed mother of four. Needless to say, Metzger has been through a lot in these past two decades.


She sums it up so matter-of-factly, "[I] started in the banking business after graduating from Miami in 1992, took time off for babies then had breast cancer in 2000, had two more babies and started back in 2008."


But her summary leaves out so much. Notably the non-profit organization she launched in October 2001, Pink Ribbon Girls (PRG). 


Going through her multiple treatments and surgeries, Metzger wanted to connect with other young women like herself, but had no where to turn. She started 0110Fence_INSTORY.gifPRG because she knew there had to be countless other young women who also felt alone and isolated during their battle with breast cancer.


Metzger wanted to create a place where survivors could come together for support, comfort and education. And that’s what it is today for thousands of survivors across the U.S. Today, PRG has a national, searchable database, providing a way for breast cancer survivors to connect with other young women with similar demographics and life circumstances.


Through PRG, young women are offered education and awareness for early detection, support and an outlet to express fears. The topics of discussion at group meetings include dating, caring for young children while undergoing treatment as well as fitness and nutrition.


And while she’s very passionate about PRG, she still loves the banking industry. She now works for University Lending Group, a subsidiary of University Bank in Michigan. Through them, Metzger has managed to merge her two loves.


"The main connection I’ve had over the years is with some local title companies. They have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds from loans closed in the month of October, national breast cancer awareness month, to Pink Ribbon Girls."


She says the title companies gave 10 percent last October, which resulted in a donation of about $500 to PRG. She says she looks forward to growing this effort and the funds raised to continue providing support to so many breast cancer survivors in need.



Photo courtesy of Tracie Metzger