412Thrive: Betting on a Brighter Future

On a crisp evening in downtown Pittsburgh, members of the community gathered  to support a cause that has touched the lives of so many. The occasion was none other than the highly anticipated fundraiser event of 412Thrive, the non-profit organization committed to creating a supportive community for those impacted by breast cancer and genetic mutations that lead to cancer. Guests arrived dressed to the nines, ready to roll the dice, and contribute to a brighter future.

Breast cancer is a disease that affects millions of women. In the United States, it is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in women, with approximately one in eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The impact of breast cancer on women, their families, and their communities cannot be overstated. This is why organizations like 412Thrive are so important.

412Thrive is a local nonprofit organization that provides support and resources to women impacted by breast cancer and genetic mutations that lead to breast cancer. Not only do they support women with current diagnoses, their mission includes those who are considered “previvors” (women who have a high risk of developing breast cancer and have chosen to take proactive steps to reduce their risk); survivors; and thrivers alike.

From the organization’s website: “412Thrive was formed shortly after founder Samantha Moatz hosted a wine night at her house for 11 local breast cancer Thrivers. Bonds formed quickly that night and Sam realized she was not the only one who needed the support of others who understood what they had been through. The idea of a nonprofit that focused on not just breast cancer treatment but also survivorship and beyond was born. The name came organically in a conversation with Cara Snyder a few months later and 412Thrive applied as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in September 2020.

In one year, 412Thrive has hosted a number of in-person and virtual events. We have grown from 11 Thrivers to over 350. We provide dinners, cleaning services, and personalized care packages, but most importantly we provide a community of support for Thrivers of all ages and all stages.”

It is important to note that the impact of breast cancer goes far beyond the physical effects of the disease. Women undergoing treatment for breast cancer often face emotional and financial challenges as well. Organizations like 412Thrive are essential to women during this difficult time in their lives.

The organization recently hosted a Casino Night fundraising gala to raise funds for its programs and services. The gala was held at the Westin Pittsburgh and featured a casino-themed atmosphere, complete with card tables, a DJ and dance floor, catering, and even a Pittsburgh Pierogi race! Guests were invited to dress up in their best attire and enjoy an evening of gambling, raffles, silent auction, food, and drinks. Hosting the event was local reporter Cara Sapida, who spoke about the difference 412Thrive made and continues to make in her life. Sapida’s memoir, Not the Breast Year of My Life, debuts in April and captures her breast cancer journey with heartfelt stories and plenty of humor.

Another highlight of the event was a photo gallery displaying stunning photographs of some of the Thrive members. Showcasing the inner and outer strength and beauty of every woman, the gallery featured portraits of Thrivers in the visions they’ve always wanted to bring to life and were captured by talented local photographer Dominque Murray.

Each portrait was accompanied by a brief story of the woman’s journey with breast cancer as well as a smaller portrait of their scars from their daily battles with the disease. Many of the women featured in the gallery were in attendance at the event. The gallery was a powerful reminder of the impact of breast cancer on women’s lives and the importance of organizations like 412Thrive in providing support and resources to those in need.

Overall, the Casino Night fundraising gala was a huge success for 412Thrive. Thanks to everyone involved, from volunteers and sponsors to everyone in attendance, funds raised will be used to continue its mission of providing resources, support, and hope to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Founder Samantha Moatz made clear during her speech at the gala that the work of 412Thrive is far from over. Breast cancer continues to be a major health issue for women around the world, and there is still much to be done to support those affected by the disease. Organizations like 412Thrive rely on the support of the community to continue their important work.

There are many ways that individuals can support the work of organizations like 412Thrive. One of the simplest ways is to make a donation. Even a small donation can make a big difference in the lives of women. Ways to donate can be found online on the organization’s website.

Volunteering is another great way to support organizations like 412Thrive. Volunteers can help with organizing and staffing events, shopping for or delivering care packages to members, hosting events, providing meals, and more.  Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of others.

Individuals can also make physical donations of needed supplies or even support 412Thrive through AmazonSmile purchases.

For more information on how to support 412Thrive, visit 412Thrive.org

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