B the Light is a 501(c)3, started in 2016 in honor of Brenda Plinke, or Aunt “B” (pictured) as she was known to family and friends.


Aunt B battled metastatic breast cancer for 18 years before she passed away in 2018 at the age of 58. She lived by the motto “Never Give Up Hope” and inspired all who knew her.

B the Light seeks to honor Aunt B’s legacy by coordinating “HOPE Getaways” during or after treatment. Our motto is “Offering HOPE to breast cancer survivors, one getaway at a time.”

All candidates are reviewed by a board and giving is evaluated thoroughly before a trip is gifted. B the Light - Fostering connections between, and offering resources, support and sense-of-self recovery for breast cancer survivors in Minnesota and Iowa. For survivors - by survivors!

Aunt Brenda



The physical, emotional, and financial stresses of this diagnosis are devastating. Women who endure chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer often suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD following treatment. In many cases, they have had their identities as women robbed from them.


According to the American Psychological Association, “When one member of a family has cancer, the whole family is affected.”

Our offerings of hope, whether they be our Hope Handbags, social groups or wellness partners,  will allow a survivor a variety of support and connection options for they and their family on a healing journey back to feeling whole again.


Your donation will have a direct impact on the lives of women affected in our community, and throughout the state of Minnesota and Iowa.



Join our cause and support breast cancer fighters and survivors. 


No matter how large or small, your donation can help shine light on families that have been on the cancer battle field.

Your donation will assist survivors and warriors with some of the financial setbacks associated with this journey. We offer HOPE Getaways and also HOPE Handbags to offer support and special services to those in special need, related to their diagnosis. 


Chiloe Enger Kottke and Amber Melby

Know of a survivor that needs financial support? 

Click here for more information on our HOPE Handbags nomination.

Support Group



If you are a survivor or a supporter of a survivor, this is your opportunity to come together for peer connection, mentorship and to gain resources for strength in the journey.

Women's Race



B the Light hosts events throughout the year to raise awareness and bring those together who are on their breast cancer journey. Get moving with us and see how you can get involved. 

Women Practicing Yoga Outdoor



Explore our networks and social groups that offer support to breast cancer survivors. We are always looking to partner with similar groups in wellness, healing and support so let's connect!

Smiling women organising event for breas

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime.

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