Group lends helping hand to those with breast cancer

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PHOENIX -- One thing that often gets overlooked is how a breast cancer diagnosis can affect an entire household.

Group lends a hand

One group is helping women keep their lives together.

Suzanne Ebanks was diagnosed with breast cancer back in April.

"I thought I was going to have to give up the business, the house, pretty much everything," Ebanks sid.

Not being able to work at the hair salon she owns, Ebanks didn't know how she was going to provide for her two children. That is until two Valley women walked into her life.

"Just to know they're going to be here through this entire thing -- that is huge," Ebanks said.

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Jody Farley Berens and Andy Royal founded an organization called Singleton Moms in 2006.

It all came about after their friend, Michelle Singleton, lost her own battle with breast cancer. She was only 32 years old and left behind four children.

"After watching her struggle, we figured there had to be more moms out there like her," Berens said.

Their group is able to provide a variety of assistance from paying bills to delivering meals and even housecleaning.

"It's one way to honor Michelle in a way that we didn't do so much when she was around because women don't ask for help," Royal said.

"It was hard to accept at first, to be honest with you, it really was" Ebanks said. "I was always used to helping people, never really on the receiving end, but you have to balance that out, give and receive. It's extremely nice knowing that there are so many people out there that really want to help and enjoy it."

Singleton Moms is always looking for volunteers to help make this all possible. One community group lending a helping hand is BizEMoms.

"I think as parents, as members in our community, there's so much we can do and it's really important to give just a little bit of your time because it amounts to so much," Laura Wintemute said.

"That's what people need to know when their friends or loved ones are diagnosed with cancer that even if you just come over and take out the trash or maybe pick up their phone bill for the month or whatever you can think of, every bit makes the difference," Royal said.

For Ebanks, this group has done much more than pay her bills or clean the house. They are now a part of her family.

"It helps me fight the cancer," Ebanks said. "It helps me want to fight and it helps to know that there are people out there and I can do this and I have support."