Pink Deafies: Breast Cancer Support Group

The Pink Deafies is a breast cancer support group for Deaf women in Minnesota. United under the banner of a quilt, the women meet monthly to offer support to one another, to plan educational conferences, and to discuss how to reach out to more women who might benefit from the group’s work. In this way, the Pink Deafies are not like any support group in the hearing world.

Pink ribbon quilt square signed by Anita Buel

Because they are members of a close-knit community, their commitment spans years. If a member dies, the quilt is displayed at the funeral (with the family’s permission). If a member is diagnosed a second time, they find special ways to offer support.

When a new member joins the Pink Deafies, she is asked to sign her name to a quilt square. The signing of a person’s name is followed by food and socializing. It marks the beginning of that person’s journey to health and well-being.

Anita Buel, a founding member of the Pink Deafies, is a trained Community Health Worker (CHW) and a survivor of breast and ovarian cancer. She functions as a patient navigator for survivors of cancer and their families. View more information on Anita [PDF]

Donate to Pink Deafies

View Pink Deafies Donation Letter [PDF]

Pink Deafies 10th Year Anniversary Celebration Banquet Ticket

Come and celebrate with ANITA BUEL, Deaf breast cancer survivors, and the founding of the Pink Deafies.

Saturday, October 3, 2015
4:00 PM Social/Cash Bar
5:00 Dinner
Entertainment after dinner

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
701 Concord St.
South St. Paul, MN 55075
Click here for directions

Download ticket form below to fill out and send to Marge Johnson.

Deadline: September 25, 2015

Download and Print Ticket Form [PDF]

Signing On: The Film

Signing On, a story about ANITA BUEL, Deaf breast cancer survivors, and the founding of the Pink Deafies.

The film Signing On comes from the very simple but important act of signing one’s name to the Pink Deafies quilt community. The dictionary defines the phrase “signing on” as: 1. to contract, to sign one’s name 2. to join 3. to go on, to endure, to remain

Signing On DVDs are still available. Contact Anita Buel to purchase.

Deaf Culture and the Healthcare System