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July 2, 2019 News

Shipping Sunshine with the Amystrong Foundation

Four years ago, Amy received devastating news many people can’t comprehend yet one in eight women will hear in their lifetime: you have breast cancer. As a 34 year-old mother of three, wife, and daughter, she knew it would be a long, hard road. But she knew she wouldn’t be alone. She created the Amystrong Foundation to provide friendship, support and awareness to breast cancer fighters and their families, during treatment and “long after we are christened ‘survivors’.”

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women, and as a woman-owned certified business, we felt compelled to help Amy in her mission. AFP Global Logistics is a corporate sponsor of the Amystrong Foundation, and pleased to share some of the organization’s work and mission on our blog. 

Amy says that, “The love and support I have received on this journey has inspired me to create The Amystrong Foundation.” She wanted to promote awareness and prevention, but also provide hope to others facing her same diagnosis.

One of the Amystrong’s programs is to provide a little bit of light to anyone undergoing cancer treatment. Their “Box of Sunshine” includes yellow items for cancer patients. Amystrong also knows that even just receiving a thoughtful gift can brighten someone’s day. 

In June, AFP Global Logistics hosted the Amystrong Foundation at our office to award $20,000 in college scholarships. During her own cancer treatment, Amy felt inspired by Marni McNichol. Fifteen years earlier, Marni had shared her own breast cancer story with Amy.

“Despite chemotherapy, radiation, and the unpleasant residual effects of cancer treatment, she fought cancer valiantly — with her infectious smile, immense strength, and unequaled bravery,” Amy says. Marni put her children first until her untimely death from cancer.

Inspired by her, the Amystrong Foundation created the Marni McNichol Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who will be attending college and have lost a loved one or had a parent affected by breast cancer.

After five months of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy with lymph node dissection, 30 rounds of radiation, reconstructive surgery and a complete hysterectomy, Amy is in remission and back at life. She is currently the coach for the Ulman Foundation’s Anne Arundel County Cancer to 5K program, which is sponsored by the Amystrong Foundation.

The program gives cancer survivors the opportunity to train for 12 weeks for a 5K race, with the support of a running coach and volunteer ‘sherpas.’ The team is currently looking for participants to start training at the end of July for the Baltimore Running Festival 5K in October.

The Amystrong Foundation raises funds for their work through fundraisers like the Annual Bull & Oyster Roast each fall and the Golf Tournament at Compass Point Golf Course each spring. AFP Global Logistics was proud to be a Gold Sponsor for the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament this year and a sponsor for the Bull and Oyster Roast. 

Amystrong’s tagline is “spreading sunshine,” and since we are great with deliveries, we’re so proud to help the foundation spread and deliver sunshine to families impacted by breast cancer around the region. 

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