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A local breast cancer survivor is helping to support those who just received a breast cancer diagnosis. Learn more about the organization and how you can help it soar.

Janet Chambers, Founder and Executive Director of the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation.
Janet Chambers, Founder and Executive Director of the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation.

Being a breast cancer survivor, Janet Chambers knows all too well the financial and emotional toll of the disease. That’s why she wanted to find a way to help support others in the community who had also been recently diagnosed.

Chambers was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer on her 40th birthday, and today she’s not only proactive about her health but teaches others to be the same way, even penning a book called “Thrive in Five -N- 5,” a five-week healing devotional.

“After my cancer journey, I felt there were holes in our community to emotionally and financially support women during this challenging time,” she explains. “I immediately joined a local volunteer effort.”

Then in 2001, Chambers was chosen as a Hero by Lifetime Network and was flown to Los Angeles with her husband to celebrate her continued involvement in the community and her survival.

“The next year, I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation took flight,” she says. I Have Wings is a charitable 501 (c)3 organization that’s dedicated to enriching the lives of families during a breast cancer diagnosis.

Chambers knows first hand that a family’s focus changes when a woman is diagnosed with cancer. “In these critical moments, some women have unpredicted needs,” she says. “I Have Wings breast cancer foundation supports women of all denominations, ages and income. We have released the financial burden on already struggling families by supplying much needed prostheses, lymphedema compression sleeves, wigs, food, gas and more.”

I Have Wings knows that there’s a lot of stress put on a family when one of its members is fighting cancer. “I Have Wings understands how individual needs and circumstances can change during this time,” says Chambers. “Based on that, our ‘No One Goes Solo’ program provides individual emotional support and emergency financial assistance on a one-to-one basis. For more information, click on the request assistance link.”

I Have Wings also has the Wings Scholarship Fund, in which it donates $5,000 a year to local students to help them continue their education. Recipients of the scholarship have included Dixie Heights High School, Notre Dame Academy, St. Henry District High School, Georgetown College and Northern Kentucky University.

To continue doing what it does to help families, I Have Wings is hosting the Spring Bling Luncheon on Saturday, April 16 at Receptions in Erlanger, Kentucky. WKRC-TV anchor for Good Morning Cincinnati and Medical Edge Reporter for Local 12 News Liz Bonus will be emcee for the third year in a row.

Guests at the event will enjoy a silent auction, Chinese auction, raffle prizes and an exclusive Bling Bling Jewelry Exchange. Additionally, winners of the 2015 WINGS awards will be announced.

Individual tickets for the Spring Bling Luncheon are $50 and a table for 8 can be purchased for $375. To purchase your tickets for the Razzle Dazzle Luncheon, click here.

From now through Feb. 24, I Have Wings is accepting nominations for its WINGS Award, which recognizes breast cancer patients and survivors of exceptional strength. You can submit an nomination by clicking here.

To learn more about I Have Wings, visit www.ihavewings.org.

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