Aptos, Calif. - Sixteen years ago Sharon Saldavia walked through this door, looking for help with her cancer, "I had stage four disease, breast cancer that had already gone to another organ. So I was very scared. I had a very poor prognosis."
Sharon sat in on her first support group and ever since, women care has become her second home, "it's just a place where we feel totally safe."
A place where women with cancer can get several different services.
"The support can be emotional support groups or what we call our healing circle groups, like art, writing, guided imagery, meditation, there's one-on-one yoga. We also cal provide transportation to and from medical appointments, light house cleaning, meals," explains Assistant Director LaVerne Coleman.
The women have access to an entire library, where they're able to read up on the different types of cancer, as well as getting though emotional phases.
"Really wanted the information about the kind of breast cancer that I had and you know. When I read what the book said, it said I was probably going to live for two years, ha ha-ha, which was really depressing but now here I'm 16 years later," said Sharon.
Coleman said this fiscal year the nonprofit has helped nearly 300 women and offered more than 2 thousand services to them, that includes their Watsonville program Entre Nosotras, "We're the only agency in the Monterey Bay area that gives support to Spanish speaking woman."
WomenCARE gets the majority of its funding from generous donations.
This Saturday, October 26th, it will host the annual Strike Out Against Cancer, bowling benefit form 1 to 5 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bowl.
For more information on how you can register visit strikeoutagainstcancer.org