Breast Cancer Survivors
Harbor of Hope, Inc. was established in 2011 and our mission is to encourage, support (spiritually and financially), connect with and minister to women and their families. Through fellowship our goal is to spread hope, faith & love throughout their cancer journey. We also provide a secure environment for cancer survivors, their caregivers & families.
Teresa Garmon. My name is Teresa Garmon and I was diagnosed with stage 2A Infiltrating ductile carcinoma breast cancer in November, 2009. After doing 8 rounds of chemo, I had a double mastectomy with reconstruction. After that I had six other surgeries and during that period of time God opened up a door for me to begin to minister and encourage other cancer patients at my oncologist office, Atlanta Cancer Care, Dr. Sidhu. I go every month and encourage, give out information and a devotion book called “Jesus Calling” (given out almost 800 copies) to all cancer patients, sit at the hospital with families while their family member is undergoing their surgery to let them know there is life after cancer. My husband, David and I are owners of a moving company, Pridgen's Moving for over 30 yrs. I now lead Harbor of Hope, Inc. breast cancer support group with a board of 7 including myself, while encouraging giving hope to all while walking their journeys.
Harbor of Hope Inc. became a non-profit organization in November, 2014 and is wanting to pay forward and assist breast cancer patients and their needs. We also are big supporters of the Free Cancer Wellness Programs at Piedmont Henry Hospital to all cancer patients and their families. One of my favorite scriptures that gave me such encouragement is Jeremiah 29:11… For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you but to give you a hope and a future. God will never take you to a place that He has not prepared a way for you.
I thank God for an opportunity to five Him praise for walking, carrying and loving me thru this journeyI also thank Him for such a Godly husband, David, children, Shane and wife, and our daughter, Heather and husband Tim. Praise Him for my amazing grandchildren, Noah, Emma, Kali, Sydney, Kelton, Sadi and to all of my family members that were such great supporters during my cancer journey. I thank Him for His healing in my body and for all of my amazing doctors, Dr. Scott Timbert, (breast surgeon) Piedmont Physician Breast Surgery Specialty, Dr. Gurindert Sidhu, (oncologist) Atlanta Cancer Care and Dr. Alan Larsen, (plastic surgeon) Buckhead Plastic Surgery.
Sonia T Ray. My name is Sonia T Ray, I have been happily married since the year 2000, to a wonderful man, Danny T Ray. I am a blessed mom, of two very active young men 9 and 12 years old. I am a stay at home mom, which has home schooled my boys since kindergarten. I have a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Administration. I do accounting for a private contractor. I am also a Certified Minister with the Assemblies of God. I volunteer with "Assemblies of God" Southern Latin District, Women’s’ Ministries since 2011. I organize women's conferences and I help minister to the women in the local churches. I am a member of the board of Cherish Home-school Group, where I volunteer to help home-school families. I also volunteer at Piedmont Henry Hospital and Northside Hospital encouraging fellow survivors.
The ministry that is so close to my heart is Harbor of Hope Inc. I am one of the founders and board members for "Harbor of Hope Inc. Breast Cancer Support Group" a non for profit organization. HOH Inc. encourages women, and we help them financially, spiritually, physically, and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with women walking the journey and to their care givers. I am a 6 year breast cancer survivor, that is only here by the healing power of God. But, most of all I am and will always be a servant of God, because He has called me to serve.
I believe the best is still to come.
Shirley Johnson, Treasurer. Breast cancer survivor since 2012. I am employed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for the Parking Operation. As a single mother of a beautiful daughter, I enjoy family time, beach time and shopping. Since my cancer journey, it is my pleasure to serve on Harbor of Hope, Inc board as well as encourage other ladies diagnosed with cancer. My favorite scripture is Luke 1:37. For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Elaine Henderson. I am a 6 yr Breast Cancer Survivor. Originally diagnosed Jan. of 2011. I was so moved by the caring assistance bestowed on me through my journey by not only my medical professionals but also family, friends, and community that I always knew as soon as I was well enough I wanted to find a way to give back. Having worked in the beauty industry for 40+ years, I have really found by niche in helping run our Boutique where we assist women going through their journey by supplying them with wigs,hats,scarves,bras, prosthesis,etc. God definitely had a hand in helping me find my way to give back.
One year after my diagnosis,my husband was diagnosed with vocal chord cancer. Three years after surgery and radiation and the feeling of being cured, he had a return of cancer in his esophagus. He battled hard but after 48 years together, this monster we call cancer took his future.
Instead of woe is me, I chose to spend the rest of my life fighting this monster of a disease and helping anyone I can to fight their battle.
Vicky Battan. I was 46 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. I did chemo, surgery, and radiation with the help of my family, friends and my church Glen Haven Baptist. My awesome breast doctor, Dr. Timbert, my chemo Doctor, Dr. Sidhu and their office staff helped me as well. I am also in a very awesome support group Harbor of Hope Inc. I was chosen to be Face of Hope in 2014 to represent this group of ladies which was a great honor. Our group is a non-profit and helps ladies going through breast cancer. I volunteer in our boutique that offers wigs, hats, scarves, bras, and prosthesis, all free for women diagnosed with cancer. We also take donations to help our boutique in giving back to the community