American Cancer Society’s Bosom Buddies

by | Jan 2, 2019 | Community

 The word bosom originates from an Old English word meaning breast or womb. Because our breast contains our heart, it is also known as the place where emotions and intimate feelings reside. Close friends are sometimes called bosom buddies. The local chapter of the American Cancer Society could not have selected a more appropriate name for its breast cancer support group. Bosom Buddies has been meeting in Santa Clarita for nearly two decades, providing a comfortable setting for breast cancer patients and survivors to share stories, express fears, and exchange ideas for handling difficult issues.
The group has had several facilitators over the years including Sue Stone and Laura Scott. But in 2010 the inspiring Heather Warrick, who served the American Cancer Society in a number of roles, asked Agnes Russell to lead the group. Agnes was a member of the group but hesitated to undertake the position because she didn’t feel she was capable. Heather convinced her that she had just the right skills. Nancy Coulter, Heather’s mother, says of Agnes, “She is the perfect balance of understanding, care and concern and has a terrific way of making people feel special. Her words and hugs make survivors feel loved and safe.”
Agnes, an 18-year breast cancer survivor who has received many honors including the 2006 Longaberger Heather Warrick Award and the 2011 Soroptimist Ruby Award, still leads the group. Sometimes speakers come to provide information and education. Sometimes participants just want to talk and share. Those who have experience help those who need advice. The group provides warm, emotional support and Agnes says, “If I can help one person along their journey, I feel happy.”
Bosom Buddies meets the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Henry Mayo Fitness Center on Town Center Drive. Agnes hopes that anyone in need of support, information, or hugs will join them!

ADVERTISE WITH US

VegFest Sprouting in May

   The first-ever festival in Santa Clarita celebrating the vegan movement is coming this May - the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) VegFest will sprout on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from noon to 9 p.m. in Santa Clarita’s Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. The...

read more

Shoot to Win!

   On Saturday, April 20, 2019, Special Olympics will host their 8th annual basketball shoot-a-thon. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to be a basketball player to participate and have a great time; everyone is welcome! The event not only benefits our local Special...

read more

ABOUT THE MAGAZINE

The Magazine of Santa Clarita has set a high standard for excellence in advertising for over 25 years. A family owned and operated business, The Magazine of Santa Clarita has grown with the Santa Clarita Valley since 1989 and become the #1 place to advertise locally.