MIDTOWN, Manhattan — More than 30 years ago, Carol Evans launched a company and magazine that focused on working mothers.
After leaving the business world, Carol wanted to dive into the world of non-profits. She found the perfect match in SHARE which supports women helping women dealing with cancer.
She's not new to helping support women fighting the disease. Evans helped launch Working Mother magazine back in the 70s which grew into Working Mother Media.
“We did a lot of work on many different aspects of women`s needs and one of those was breast cancer.”
Carol learned a personal lesson when her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer more than 10 years ago.
“A person who`s been through cancer herself is the perfect person to reach out and support these women.”
That's exactly what SHARE does, connecting women diagnosed with cancer to women who have battled the disease. For Evans, the opportunity to lead SHARE fulfills a personal and professional goal.
“I wanted to really jump into the world of non-profit and see how I could bring my business acumen to a non-profit organization and help them grow and develop.”
SHARE offers support groups, webinar videos, and a helpline in multiple languages, staffed with only cancer survivors.
Evans says SHARE’s focus on communities of color was another big factor that attracted her to the organization.
“Getting into medically underserved communities, getting into the Latina communities, getting into the African American communities and making sure that they know that these cancers have special risks for them, is essential to what we`re doing every day.”
Evans wants to continue to grow SHARE’s peer network. This month SHARE is launching a pilot program to expand their support to women with uterine and endometrial cancers. They're looking for survivors of those cancers to volunteer for those help lines.
You can learn more about SHARE at their website.