Thriving Pink: Financial grants for breast-cancer survivors

In this season of donating, Thriving Pink announces that it will continue its Granting Pink program, which provides financial assistance to those diagnosed and affected by breast cancer in Yolo County.

The individual grants provide direct support for immediate and essential needs, including medical care, rent, groceries, treatment and prescriptions. “We are deeply grateful to the many generous donors and supporters who make this core program possible,” said Executive Director Mary Yin Liu. Platinum and Hot Pink Partners include the George and Lena Valente Foundation, Brooks Painting/Jeremy Brooks, the Zumbathon Team, Yolo Community Foundation and Woodland McDonald’s.

Individual grant applications are now available on the website at in English and Spanish, and can be submitted to by February 15, 2022. Individuals can also nominate a friend, neighbor or relative who could use some financial support and fill out the simple application on their behalf. The maximum individual grant award is $2,000, with approximately $50,000 in funds available this grant cycle.

“The generosity and personal support offered to those of us who receive these generous gifts is what makes Thriving Pink unique in this community,” said Sandy Walsh, a former grant recipient who volunteered her time to run the Pink Speaker Series workshops for Thriving Pink. to support.

Several local doctors, nurses and medical providers from local hospitals and clinics including Kaiser Hospital, Sutter Health, NorthBay Medical Center, Dignity Health and Woodland Communicare support the Granting Pink program and recognize the great need to help those who struggle to take care of themselves and their families. The need has been greater in the past year with families facing the challenge of balancing higher unemployment, schooling for young children and a serious diagnosis that often comes unexpectedly.

“As a breast cancer surgeon, I focus on what we can do to make a positive difference. Providing one of my patients with this financial grant application is the highlight of my day,” said Dr. Alicia Silva of Sutter Hospital, who also serves as a Thriving Pink board member.

Thriving Pink is a local nonprofit that volunteers with local community leaders who strive to fulfill its mission to provide a compassionate network of support and resources in partnership with the community. Those diagnosed with breast cancer who live, work, or are being treated in Yolo County are eligible for financial aid through Thriving Pink’s Granting Pink program.

The Granting Pink Chair, SwimAmerica-Davis owner Rose Cholewinski, has held this role since the organization began six years ago. “I’m so proud of our community that keeps us doing great work. The financial requests range from the rising costs of medical bills to covering the costs for health care providers. We have distributed more than $163,000 to help many in our community battling this disease that has taken too many loved ones.”

For more information about Thriving Pink, visit or the Facebook and Instagram pages. Thriving Pink also offers Pink Peers for newly diagnosed women and open workshops facilitated and led by healthcare providers and other professionals. January’s workshops are listed below. RSVP to for the Zoom link.

Donations of any amount are welcome and can also be made in honor or in memory of a loved one. All programs and services are provided free of charge to help people in Yolo County affected by breast cancer.

Pink Speaker Series

“Progress in Breast Cancer Management”: 7:30pm to 8:30pm Monday, January 10 – Dr. Mili Arora, UCD Medical Center

“New Year’s Reflections”: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Monday, January 24 – Aimee Lazarus, Certified Life Coach

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