For Our Daughters, Inc. was founded in 2012 after the founder, Mercedes Wilson, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the young age of 28. It was at this time that Mercedes learned just how much she didn’t know about her own family history. It was through this ordeal that For Our Daughters, Inc. was birthed!
As a 501(c)3 organization, our aim is to assist young women between the ages of 11-19 with living longer, healthier lives by taking the reigns on their health. We believe that every young woman should know her family history and be proactive in speaking up when something isn’t quite right with her body. This is accomplished by going into both middle and high schools all over western New York, spending time with young women in an effort to show them how to open up dialogue with the loved ones in their lives. We talk about not only the importance of learning ones own family history, but also to become comfortable talking about their own health.
Lack of knowledge kills too many young women today, and For Our Daughters, Inc. is on a mission to help change this. For Our Daughters, Inc. is aiming to play a large part in seeing young women all over WNY live long, healthy lives. Our efforts have allowed us to be featured in several news pieces over the years and in 2014, For Our Daughters received the “Community Angel Award” from Women’s Health radio.
Educating young women on how to break down communication barriers and become advocates of their own health and wellness.
Our Vision is a world where young women feel confident, empowered, and their voices are heard.
Our Goal for 2017 is to reach 1500 young women that will in the long run, save lives. We also want to continue to be a resource for young women facing cancer in Western New York as we were in 2016.
Family – We value family and knowing your family history.
Obstacles – We want to remove all obstacles that prevent being an advocate of your own health and wellness.
Diversity– We value diversity because we know that disease has no face and neither does the insecurities that prevent youth from speaking up about their bodies.
Integrity – We will each live lifestyles of integrity
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