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Pink Ribbon Girls

Since 2018 Schnucks has been donating healthy food to the Pink Ribbon Girls charity to support their life changing work in the St Louis area. In 2020 Schnucks, along with our vendor partners, is excited to step up our support to make a monetary contribution in addition to providing healthy meals. This incredible organization strives to balance the fear and uncertainty that breast and gynecological cancers bring to individuals and families by providing free direct services of healthy meals, housecleaning, rides to treatment and peer support to their clients to ensure that No One Travels This Road Alone…Pink Ribbon Girls is a nonprofit organization which relies on the generosity of corporations, organizations and individuals for financial support.

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Jen Crosby

Jen Crosby is 41 years old and currently receiving treatment for Stage 3 breast cancer. She found a lump during a self-breast check in June and started chemotherapy in July 2020. Originally from Reno, Nevada, Jen moved to St. Louis several years ago for her job. She is divorced and now lives in Wildwood with her 9-year old son, Landon and 2 dogs. Jen has no family history of breast cancer but lost her father to late-stage colon cancer. An amazing athlete, Jen is taking on cancer just like she takes on her workouts. She continues to lift weights, enjoys archery, riflery and hunting. She put jiu jitzu on hold for now but recently started taking guitar lessons.

Jen says the PRG meals are a lifesaver. She is balancing homeschooling her son while still working full-time, taking chemotherapy and waiting for surgery in October. She likes how easy it is to heat a meal up for her son for lunch or dinner. Jen said the meals are delicious and she loves how they are delivered directly to her door.

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Diane Whiteside

Diane Whiteside lives in Bellefontaine Neighbors and is a gynecological cancer survivor. She is thrilled to now be cancer-free! She retired from working for 40 years as an accounting specialist for a community college in May of 2019 and was diagnosed with aggressive endometrial cancer in September at age 64. Surgery, chemotherapy and battling all of the terrible side effects was not how she had envisioned spending her well-earned retirement. Diane is divorced with 3 children and 8 grandchildren and is so grateful for her whole family for surrounding her to create an invaluable support system. Diane also leaned on her faith to get her through the hardest times during her year-long battle.

Diane and her family loved the Pink Ribbon Girls meals. Every family member had a favorite meal when they came to stay with Diane during her treatment. She loved the ease of popping it in the microwave and also appreciated how each meal was nutritionally balanced. At various points in her treatment, Diane lost her sense of taste. She said she knew she was getting better when she was able to taste and enjoy the delicious PRG meals.

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Heather Salazar

Heather Salazar is the CEO of Pink Ribbon Girls. In 2003, Heather met a woman, Alexis, who took a bus home from her double mastectomy. Alexis had grown up in the foster care system and had no family support. She was 23 and had a newborn baby named Lexi. Heather and her family ended up adopting Lexi and took care of Alexis through the end of her life. This included driving her to chemo, buying her food, paying her rent and so much more. Shortly after Alexis’s death, Heather discovered she, too, had breast cancer. At the age of 31 with four small children, Heather had a double mastectomy and a year of chemo. Luckily, she had an incredible support system that helped her recover and she is now 15 years cancer-free.

Heather felt passionate about creating a non-profit organization based on her personal experience of helping Alexis and her own journey. Even though research is incredibly important, there is a need in our country for direct services for families in the fight against breast or other women’s gynecological cancers. PRG was originally founded in in Cincinnati in the early 2000’s as a group that provided peer support only. Free meals, rides to treatment and house cleaning were added when headquarters were moved to Dayton, Ohio in 2012 and Heather became CEO. Heather and her husband, Steve, live in Dayton but Heather travels regularly to St. Louis and the Bay Area where PRG has expended. Three of their four children are in college, including Lexi, who just started her freshman year on a soccer scholarship.

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"Girls Night In" Event

Gather your girlfriends and join Schnucks along with co-host, Pink Ribbon Girls, for a "Girls Night In" zoom call on Thursday, October 22nd in support of all the wonderful things PRG is doing for those who are battling breast and gynecological cancer.

Special guests include: Pink Ribbon Girl’s CEO and founder Heather Salazar, and a few St. Louis based PRG members who are so bravely willing to share their stories.


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