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.
HOW WE SPREAD HOPE
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.
Chiloe Enger Kottke and Amber Melby