A diagnosis of breast cancer can be devastating to any woman, but is most unexpected and unusually challenging to young women under the age of 40, especially those with families. Their medical, social, financial, and emotional needs are different from their older sisters and frequently not met by today's medical establishment.
During Genevieve's two year struggle with breast cancer, she drew people to her with her courage, spirit, and grace, and connected them to each other as they supported her during her quest to live her life to the fullest. She was encouraged and strengthened by their efforts, and gave back by gently, yet passionately, encouraging them to get involved in the life enriching and life extending values she believed in.
She supported others by passing on what she learned and encouraged them through friendships, mentoring, and starting a support group for young cancer patients.
After her death, Genevieve's network of family and friends decided to continue her fight against breast cancer by helping other young mothers in her name and to support and promote her passions and causes. We strive to make the cancer journey easier to navigate, offer encouragement, and provide an arm to lean on.
Genevieve's passions became the core of our charity's activities Faith - Family - Friends - Food - Fitness
Genevieve's Helping Hands Charity is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting young mothers in treatment for breast cancer to help them live their lives to the fullest. We provide peer, caregiver and nutritional support and offer assistance to find financial aid.
Recovery Grants are the heart of our mission. We award stay grants that extend and enhance recovery from any type of breast cancer treatment, including before, during, and after treatment, including reconstruction.
Respite Grants are awarded to StageIV Moms and offer the same benefits. They are designed to give that Mom a chance to rest and have a get-away from cancer.
Genevieve Louise Sounia