WAYNE — The Jeptha Abbott chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held a meeting this week on “breast cancer awareness,” “women’s issues,” and “service to America” at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Wayne. Members were asked to wear pink to honor breast cancer survivors, support progress in overcoming breast cancer and remember those who have lost the disease. Jeptha Abbott invited the organization United for HER, West Chester, PA, to their meeting to discuss breast cancer awareness and healthy eating and to honor them for their exemplary achievements in community service. Additionally, members of Jeptha Abbott DAR collected and completed 100 Unite for HER education kits to give to women in need of their services.
Unite for HER is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by breast cancer survivor Sue Weldon. After Ms Weldon’s surgery and chemotherapy treatments were completed, she was told she was cancer free. Despite this, she suffered from persistent symptoms. Looking for other ways to manage the side effects of her treatments, Ms. Weldon discovered the healing power of integrative therapies. Fueled by the powerful impact that complementary therapies had on her, Ms. Weldon founded Unite for HER.
Unite for HER’s vision is that everyone treated will feel the support of a loving community and bring complementary therapies to all breast and ovarian cancer patients, regardless of income. The mission is to bridge the gap between the medical and wellness communities, so that breast cancer patients have easily accessible resources to improve their health.
At the meeting, Dr. Susanne Johnston, Chair of the DAR Community Service Awards (PSSDAR) of the Pennsylvania State Society, presented Unite for HER with the DAR Community Service Award and Medal. This award recognizes deserving individuals or organizations for outstanding achievement in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, civic or environmental conservation endeavours.
Unite for HER Representative, Carol Nowrey, Volunteer Program Manager, and Erin Pellegrin RD, LDN, Director of Culinary Nutrition. Finally, Jeptha Abbott DAR member Joyce Keller shared how Unite for HER helped her as she went through breast cancer treatment and recovery.
“It is an honor to see such a worthy organization like Unite for HER being recognized for their tireless efforts to ensure that everyone with breast or ovarian cancer has access to complementary treatments, regardless of their condition. be the cost,” said Regent Teri Fischer. “And it was touching to hear that one of our members, Joyce Keller, had undergone treatment for breast cancer and had been helped by Unite for HER.”
The Community Service Award is one of the many tangible ways that DAR recognizes and acknowledges individuals and organizations for their service, sacrifice and commitment to our country. The NSDAR was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the Patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With over 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the largest and most active service organizations in the world. DAR members are committed to voluntary service, having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities around the world over the past three years. To learn more about the work of DAR today, visit DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDAR, twitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.
Named after Revolutionary War soldier Jeptha Abbott, the Jeptha Abbott DAR Chapter was founded on November 18, 1929 by Elizabeth Abigail Ransley. Today, more than 200 Jephta Abbott members carry on the tradition of helping educate children, preserve the nation’s history and champion patriotism. In addition, the Jeptha Abbott Chapter has supported numerous national and local charities, including donating two stained glass windows to the National Patriots Bell Tower of the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park, Valley Forge, in Pennsylvania. The bell tower, housing one of the largest and finest carillons in the world, was built with funds from the NSDAR. To learn more about the Jeptha Abbott DAR Chapter and how to join, visit jacdar.org.