Pink Revolution: Two Granite Staters Bring People Together to Support Cancer Patients
I am honored to recognize Lauren Caulfield and Ronda Chrystal of Brookline as November’s Granite Staters of the Month. The pair founded Pink Revolution in order to support cancer patients with chemo care packages and financial support.
When Lauren was being treated for breast cancer, she noticed that not every patient had the same level of support that she did during this difficult time. Some were arriving to chemotherapy sessions alone or had to skip sessions because they couldn’t afford it.
After her recovery, Lauren decided she wanted to take action, and alongside her longtime friend Ronda, she founded Pink Revolution Breast Cancer Alliance of NH to support patients with all types of cancer.
Lauren and Ronda started by reaching out to friends and family touched by cancer, and ultimately built a network of volunteers to put together 1,500 chemo care packages a year to deliver to 25 oncology centers in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. The care packages contain essential items such as blankets, tissues, and lip balm, as well as some items with personal touches, such as hats knitted by residents at nursing homes. In addition, the nonprofit fundraises to provide chemo patients — some of whom struggle with costs during their treatment — with gas and grocery cards.
After undergoing chemotherapy, Lauren decided to find the silver lining in her experience by helping others. With their hard work over the past four years, Lauren and Ronda have made a true difference in many Granite Staters’ lives as they face serious medical hardship.
Lauren and Ronda’s work leading Pink Revolution exemplifies the Granite State spirit of generosity, and I commend them and their large network of volunteers.