Tracie Metzger was only 30 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2000. Soon after undergoing the physically and mentally exhausting treatment, she recognized the need for breast cancer groups for young women.

An idea was born out of the hope that these women could meet other women facing similar issues, concerns and fears.

In October 2001, with the help of Dawn Harvey — also a breast cancer survivor — Tracie co-founded Pink Ribbon Girls. This support group focuses on young breast cancer patients and seeks to educate, support and inspire.

Through this non-profit organization, young women are offered education and awareness for early detection, support and an outlet to express fears. The topics of discussion include dating, caring for young children while undergoing treatment, and fitness and nutrition.

Pink Ribbon Girls has a national, searchable database, providing a way for the members to connect with other young women with similar demographics and life circumstances.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for the ATHENA Award ceremony will benefit Pink Ribbon Girls.