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Meet Sara Krish of Cancer Warrior Foundation in Redondo Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Krish.

Sara, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2014 our founder, Sara Krish, was in the middle of what would be a dark and lonely three-year healing journey post cancer. She was struggling to find her footing, overwhelmed with emotion, and uncertain how to navigate her way through the thick layers of pain. Sara yearned for a community of people who shared the same experience, who knew firsthand the dis-ease of cancer. Not finding enough of what she needed, Sara set out to create her own support system.

Inspired by a personal need to feel connected, receive support, and rise above the darkness Cancer Warrior Foundation (previously The Fly Buddha) was born. What began as a free monthly yoga party attracting crowds of 50 or more on the Redondo Beach Pier expanded into other life enriching resources such as fertility preservation guidance for young women with cancer, goal setting workshops, and one-on-one coaching. As Sara healed and evolved with the support of her Cancer Warrior community so did the foundation’s mission and services.

Now, as Sara celebrates her 5-year cancer free anniversary and is feeling stronger than ever, she’s paying it forward by extending the same love and guidance to the members of our foundation as she received by those who so graciously walked her out of the darkness and into the light. Sara and the Cancer Warrior Foundation are on a mission to empower young women to Get Lit! through their cancer journey.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been a very trying ride. Cancer broke me into little pieces, stripped me of everything I knew and continues to show up in my life as a challenge from time to time. Deciding to start Cancer Warrior Foundation came from a strong need to sink my teeth into something meaningful, something that could help me “come back to life” after treatment ended. I started with one mission and focus but over the years as I’ve grown and met more people I’ve realized the work I’m supposed to be doing was much bigger than I originally thought. We went from supporting young women with cancer who wished to go through fertility preservation before treatment to now helping women find their light among the darkness of cancer. Those 3 years following cancer were extremely difficult as I put myself back together and began powerfully curating my life with an abundance of intention, purpose, and fulfillment.

Cancer Warrior Foundation – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Cancer Warrior Foundation is a 501(c)(3) created to empower young women through their cancer journey. By providing a variety of free services that positively impact mind, body and soul, CWF encourages a strong sense of hope for a future filled with possibility. We offer weekly coaching calls, monthly workshops, and yoga memberships to our Cancer Warrior members free of charge. I personally speak to 20 of our members each week, coaching them through challenges, guiding them closer to their goals, and sometimes simply acting as a reminder that they too can make it out of the darkness. Our services are based on nurturing the mind, body, and soul. We encourage her brightest light to shine brighter than she ever imagined possible!

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Hosting our first annual Heart of Gold Gala last month. We had over 150 guests, raised $34,000 and got to celebrate with 18 of our Cancer Warrior members and their supporters! It was a beautifully powerful night for all and affirmation that this is only the beginning!

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