SHERMAN, TX -- A huge announcement from superstar Angelina Jolie Tuesday that she has undergone a double mastectomy after discovering she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer. Her announcement has thrust the disease back into the national spotlight. However, it is a daily fight for one nonprofit and the survivors it serves. Women Rock has changed the lives of hundreds of area women over the past two and a half years, and Tuesday they had a new reason to celebrate.
Women Rock cut the ribbon Tuesday evening welcoming the community into their new 1400 square foot space.
"It actually means the world to me to start this, you know, out of a passion with a few dollars and for it to grow like this and the women I meet along the way, and the stories I hear along the way. They are priceless," Daniel said.
LuAnn Daniel founded the organization after losing a close friend Susan Hicks, to breast cancer. She keeps Susan's legacy alive by helping other women in their fight.
"Well we are about two and a half years old and we started with $1200 dollars out of my savings account and we have grown ever year since. Last year we gave out 145 services and 23,000 dollars in assistance," Daniel said.
Women Rock also provides support groups, which are attracting more and more survivors.
"We out grew our other office very quickly. When we had support groups there wasn't enough room for everybody to sit down," Daniel said.
Laura Craig, a Women Rock board member, says the new building is a second home.
"To be able to come together and meet and have enough room and space and to be able to discuss options and talk abuot what they're going through and to help each other. That's what it's all about," Craig said.
The new space not only provides a meeting place and office, but a kids playroom, a store and wig shop. Sherry Thompson a breast cancer survivor and hair stylist will be running the "Wig Corner" free of charge.
"I've done a lot of education on the type of wigs and what kind to buy and you know I just feel like I have a lot of information that I can give back," Thompson said.
Women Rock's new office is located at 207 B. North Travis Street. If you would like to learn more about the group visit their website at http://www.womenrockinc.org/.