Nonprofit Tough Warrior Princesses Aid Cancer Affected Community Members

Local Nonprofit Helps Families Fighting Cancer was written by The Daily News on May 18, 2012 and discusses how the Nonprofit Tough Warrior Princesses Aid Cancer Affected Community Members. Amesbury’s Sherri Ziomek and Patty Mellon, both cancer survivors, have created the nonprofit group Tough Warrior Princesses to assist and help support community members affected by cancer. Originally focused on breast cancer support, the group helps big and small, whether it be emotional support to families or more personal attention to a first hand cancer battle. They are passionate to help anyone affected by the disease.

Excerpt of “Local Nonprofit Helps Families Fighting Cancer”


Like countless other women, Amesbury’s Sherri Ziomek and Patty Mellon participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk to raise money for breast cancer research.

The pair of friends created a team of 10 walkers in 2010 and dubbed themselves the Tough Warrior Princesses.Today, the two survivors continue to join in the Komen walk this year’s team has about 30 members and to raise funds for breast cancer research. But they also have a new mission.

“Sometimes, it’s simple stuff, sometimes it’s just emotional support, sometimes it’s financial support,” Mellon said. Right now, they are helping a woman whose husband is battling Stage 4 cancer, and the family is struggling to make ends meet.”That’s someone impacted by cancer,” she said. Another woman has been fighting cancer for four years and goes to treatment each week. The Tough Warrior Princesses are there for her twice a week, bringing meals. Other times, members may drive someone to a chemotherapy appointment.

In order to help them with their mission to help others, Tough Warrior Princesses needs some help. They will hold their annual fundraiser, a silent auction, Saturday at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Parish Hall in Amesbury. There are about 200 items this year, including signed sports memorabilia, sporting event tickets, jewelry, salon gift certificates and artwork, Mellon said. Many were donated by local businesses.

To learn more about Tough Warrior Princesses or to purchase tickets to the auction, visit If you know of a family who could use the group’s help, email


What: “Dance Like a Princess” silent auction

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Holy Family Parish Hall, 11 Sparhawk St., Amesbury

How: $15 in advance, $20 at door. Tickets can be purchased online at

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