Breast Cancer Survivors
Harbor of Hope, Inc. was established in 2011. Its mission is to encourage, support (spiritually and financially), connect with, and minister to women (and their families) with breast cancer. Through fellowship our goal is to spread hope, faith, and love throughout the cancer journey. We also provide a secure environment for cancer survivors, their caregivers, and families.
Teresa Garmon, President. M y name is Teresa Garmon and I was diagnosed with stage 2A Infiltrating ductile carcinoma breast cancer in November, 2009. After doing eight rounds of chemo, I had a double mastectomy with reconstruction. After that I had six other surgeries, and during that period of time God opened up a door for me to begin to minister and encourage other cancer patients at my oncologist's office, Atlanta Cancer Care (Dr. Sidhu). I go every month to encourage, give out information and a devotion book called “Jesus Calling” (given out almost 800 copies) to all cancer patients, sit at the hospital with families--while their family member is undergoing surgery--to let them know there is life after cancer. My husband, David, and I are owners of a moving company, Pridgen's Moving, for over 30 yrs. I now lead Harbor of Hope, Inc. breast cancer support group with a board of seven including myself, while encouraging and giving hope to all while walking their journeys.
Harbor of Hope Inc. became a non-profit organization in November, 2014 to assist breast cancer patients and their needs. We also are big supporters of the free cancer wellness programs at Piedmont Henry Hospital for all cancer patients and their families. One of my favorite scriptures that gave me such encouragement is Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you but to give you a hope and a future." God will never take you to a place that He has not prepared a way for you.
I thank God for an opportunity to give Him praise for walking, carrying, and loving me through this journey. I also thank Him for such a Godly husband, David, son Shane and wife, and our daughter, Heather and husband Tim. I praise Him for my amazing grandchildren: Noah, Emma, Kali, Sydney, Kelton, Sadi, and all of my family members that were such great supporters during my cancer journey. I thank Him for His healing in my body and for all of my amazing doctors, Dr. Scott Timbert (breast surgeon), Piedmont Physician Breast Surgery Specialty; Dr. Gurinderjit Sidhu (oncologist), Atlanta Cancer Care; and Dr. Alan Larsen, (plastic surgeon), Buckhead Plastic Surgery.
Sonia T. Ray. My name is Sonia T. Ray. I have been happily married since the year 2000 to a wonderful man, Danny T. Ray. I am a blessed mom of two very active young men, ages 12 and 14. I am a stay at home mom, who has home schooled my boys since kindergarten. I have a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Administration. I do accounting for a private contractor. I am also a Certified Minister with the Assemblies of God. I volunteer with "Assemblies of God" Southern Latin District, Women’s’ Ministries since 2011. I organize women's conferences and I help minister to the women in the local churches. I am a member of the board of Cherish Homeschool Group, where I volunteer to help home-school families. I also volunteer at Piedmont Henry Hospital and Northside Hospital encouraging fellow survivors.
The ministry that is so close to my heart is Harbor of Hope, Inc. I am one of the founders and board members for Harbor of Hope, Inc. (HOH, Inc.) Breast Cancer Support Group, a non-profit organization. HOH, Inc. encourages women, helps them financially, spiritually, and physically, and shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with women walking the journey (and their caregivers). I am a 8-year two-time breast cancer survivor, who is only here by the healing power of God. But most of all, I am (and will always be) a servant of God, because He has called me to serve. I believe that with Him, the best is still to come.
Shirley Johnson, Treasurer. I have been a breast cancer survivor since 2012. I am employed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for the Parking Operation. As a single mother of a beautiful daughter, I enjoy family time, beach time, and shopping. Since my cancer journey, it is my pleasure to serve on the Harbor of Hope, Inc. board, as well as encourage other ladies diagnosed with cancer. My favorite scripture is Luke 1:37: "For with God nothing shall be impossible."
Vicky Batten. I was 46 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. I did chemo, surgery, and radiation with the help of my family, friends and my church Glen Haven Baptist. My awesome breast doctor, Dr. Timbert, my chemo doctor, Dr. Sidhu, and their office staff helped me as well. I am also in a very awesome support group Harbor of Hope, Inc. I was chosen to be Face of Hope in 2014 to represent this group of ladies, which was a great honor. Our group is a non-profit organization that helps ladies going through breast cancer. I volunteer in our boutique that offers wigs, hats, scarves, bras, and prosthesis, all free for women diagnosed with cancer. We also take donations to help our boutique in giving back to the community.
Debi Kirkland. I am a divorcee with a teenage daughter (Shea) and son (Garrett). I am employed full-time with the State of Georgia and attend college in the evenings at Mercer University’s McDonough campus. I was diagnosed with Stage 1 hormone receptor positive breast cancer in June 2013. I immediately began doing research and talked to several different women who had been diagnosed with different types of breast cancer, which required different types of treatment. One of the best decisions I ever made was to attend a Harbor of Hope breast cancer support group meeting before my mastectomy. The ladies shared their breast cancer journeys with me and gave me hope. Their encouragement and prayers gave me peace. Teresa and Sonia were there to pray with me before and after surgery and through chemo. I would not have met these wonderful, caring ladies if I had not been diagnosed with breast cancer. I am so grateful to have them in my life and want to give back to the group of ladies who have given so much spiritual encouragement to me and my family. I am also very grateful for my wonderful surgeons, Dr. Timbert and Dr. Larsen, and my oncologist Dr. Sidhu. I was also blessed beyond measure by my family, friends, coworkers, and church family while undergoing surgery and chemo. Even though I was diagnosed six years ago, I still enjoy playing a part in the Harbor of Hope breast cancer support group meetings, so that I can offer hope and encouragement to ladies whose journeys are just beginning.