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Tracie Metzger has spent the last decade helping young women with breast cancer heal, after beating her own bout with the disease in her early 30s. Read on for more about this inspiring woman, how she helps others going t
hrough what she did, and how you can support her cause at an upcoming fashion-focused fête.

When Tracie Metzger was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30, she was the mother of young children and, while her family was very supportive, lacked connections to organizations to support young women with the disease. After beating breast cancer a few years later, Metzger decided to give back what was ostensibly missing from her healing experience: a community of people dedicated to helping young women with breast cancer.



Thus, Pink Ribbon Girls was born. A non-profit organization to offer young women "education and awareness for early detection, support and an outlet to express fears," according to the group's website.


"We just thought we should reach out to other young women in Cincinnati," Metzger says. "We thought we should help them the way we helped each other. We realized we were filling a huge need."


The group has progressed in the way it fills that need for the Cincinnati area. Pink Ribbon Girls have taken the services it has provided area women for years into programs to most effectively help young women. These programs are called Love Your Girls, No Age No Stage and Simply Fight!, and each speaks to a different group of women with different needs.


"Simply Fight! is geared towards young moms with breast cancer," Metzger says. "You just have to be a mom who's in treatment, regardless of whatever part of the journey you're on. Then there's No Age No Stage. The way that works is it's like an a la carte menu: We offer meals, transportation and house cleaning. Some take advantage of all these services or just a few. It's similar criteria for the Simply Fight!, but you don't have to have children.


"Then there's Love Your Girls. It's an awareness and education program. We help high school and colleges do pink game days where they can honor moms. That's a really, really strong, newer component."


The fact that Metzger leads the group says a lot to women who use its services. It gives them hope for long life ahead of them, through what Metzger has went on to do after her battle with breast cancer.


"They can say, 'Hey, Tracie could beat this and she has four kids!'" Metzger says. "I'm glad I can instill that kind of comfort and joy."


But in the case of her service through the organization, Metzger says that she has gotten a lot from her involvement as well. "It's truly one of the most rewarding things in my life," Metzger says. "Going through that at 30, that was obviously a very difficult time, and I'm a very faithful person and I believe this is God's mission and plan for me."


The Pink Ribbon Girls are one of three beneficiaries featured at the June 23 Red, Pink and Blue event - a fashion show over the Purple People Bridge. Click here to learn more and RSVP!

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