Sponsoring Survivorship

About Us

Our Personal Victories in a Life Worth Living

Sponsoring Survivorship Annual Walk

Each year our efforts have proven that we can all contribute to the battle against breast cancer.

With the help of donations and our community we have assisted local women and men with some of the costs associated with their struggle against breast cancer.

The cancer journey is sometimes lonely and frustrating. It can also be an opportunity for friendship, support, personal growth, humor, and fulfillment.

The quality of our lives and our struggles can be defined by those who we see as our friends and for whom we offer our friendship and our support.

In a day of celebration you too can help us make a difference. Join us in a run that will make us all winners in the battle against breast cancer!

Our Story

Never Give Up. Your Story Isn’t Over

Sponsoring Survivorship Story

26 years ago, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 6 years old.

The only thing I really remember from that time was that I was told, “The next time you see your mom, may be the last time. She’s not coming home from the hospital.” She was being treated by the best of the best in Stanford and was still only given a 5% chance of survival.

The first photo in this slide was taken on what I thought was the last visit I’d ever have to see my mom. The last photo is from this year, 26 years later. She came home! The doctors have named her a miracle.

My mom is the heart and story behind Sponsoring Survivorship, the very reason it was founded. Her beautiful smile is that of hope, joy, and strength, and she is the living reality of God’s goodness.

Her words to me are, “I made the decision to live, and that was it. I told God I would let Him walk with me through this journey.”

My desire is that her story brings hope to those who’ve felt hopeless and who’ve needed to know someone has been where they are, and there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Never give up. Your story isn’t over.

Sponsoring Survivorship, Established 1996

Support With the Struggle Against Breast Cancer

Shriley Crawford and Darla Petranek

Established in 1996, Sponsoring Survivorship began its supporting efforts when founder Julie Kelley was faced with the challenge of her mother Darla Petranek grave diagnosis of breast cancer. Darla was given a mere 5 percent chance of survival.

As a marathon runner, Julie would run virtually for miles. Often on her daily runs she would see longtime family friend Shirley Crawford (cofounder). They would talk about Darla's amazing recovery but also the emotional and physical challenges of cancer and what they could do to help others so that anyone facing breast cancer would never feel alone.

Shirley set Sponsoring Survivorship in motion by suggesting a walk in honor of Julie's mother. What began as a small caring group of 17 friends in 1996 has grown to 100s of supporters. To date Sponsoring Survivorship has helped over 105 men and women in Lake County financially and emotionally with the dream to help hundreds more.

Survivors of Cancer make a huge family, a family in which many of the members have never met, but have formed a common bond of experience and life trial. We understand the challenges and the hardships of surviving. We are bound by our mutual support, our humor, our fears, and our courage. At times we may need support in meeting our treatment and medical costs. We are here to help.

Sponsoring Survivorship was established to help local women and men cover costs associated with their struggle against breast cancer.

Application For Assistance

We're Here to Help

Financial assistance is available to women and men through Sponsoring Survivorship who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in Lake County CA.

Sponsoring Survivorship is a nonprofit organization based in this community dedicated to assisting women and men in their battle against breast cancer.

  • If you are in need of special assistance associated with cancer treatment or other costs directly associated with your cancer treatment please fill out our form.

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P.O. Box 1924


Brandi Cubbage at 432-614-7707 or
Julie at 707-972-0286