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Maria B. Ashmore

mariaI founded Women of Hope (Women Of Montgomery Embracing and Nurturing Hope Of Prevention and Eradication of breast cancer) in October of 2006 to educate, promote awareness and provide hope and encouragement for those families coping with breast cancer.  No matter where you are on your journey, the power of support can never be underestimated.  HOPE is the assurance that one day we’ll be able to live cancer free!

The Women of Hope's inaugural luncheon and fashion show fundraiser event was held in October 2006.  Since that time we have become a growing organization hoping to expand to multiple fundraising events each year.  As a breast cancer survivor, I feel that there is a need to promote breast cancer awareness in our community.  Women of Hope is striving to be a community for the cause!

“Breast cancer does not define me as a woman…..but, the fight for a cure does!”  We are in this fight together. You never know when you may hear those four dreaded words, “You have breast cancer”.  Help is desperately needed to give Hope and help to those families struggling with this disease.”  “Cancer is like a terrorist.  You never know when it's going to strike."

Maria's Story

In late May 2002, I had my routine yearly mammogram. Although I had and still have fibrocystic breast disease, I was not worried any more than usual. However, when the radiologist said he saw some clusters of calcifications that were suspicious, I panicked. He felt safe in saying that we could wait six months since I had a history of this and he would redo the mammogram at that time. I said, "No, let's check it now". Sometimes intuition and "taking charge of your own body" plays a huge part in your medical diagnosis.

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