The Noble Circle Project was founded in 2003 by eight Dayton-area women coping with their own cancer diagnosis: Jan Lively, Rosie Barstow, Kim Dahlinghaus, Diane Butler-Hughes, Sheila Hamilton, Sharon Tudor, Teri Hall, Irma Johnston. These courageous women learned how to navigate the treatment process, support each other, and explore complementary energy techniques to take charge of their cancer journey. They were united in the belief they could use their personal experiences to help other women "thrive beyond cancer."
Since 2004, The Noble Circle Project has continued to provide the spring and fall New Sister Program to as many as 30 new women per year, as well as support over 300 women in Project Sisterhood. Begun as a grassroots organization under the umbrella of the Wellness Connection of Dayton, Ohio, The Noble Circle Project is now an independent, volunteer-driven non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status.
Three factors inspired our name:
- Noble - Allie Noble underwent the first documented mastectomy procedure in Edinburgh Scotland in 1830. Although she died from infection a few days following her surgery, the founders of The Noble Circle Project chose to emulate her pioneer spirit to thrive beyond her diagnosis and the accepted medical protocol of the day.
- Circle – The journey of each member of The Noble Circle Project begins within the safe confines of a small group, or circle, of women, and evolves to include participation in increasingly larger circles of women striving to thrive beyond a diagnosis of cancer.
- Project – The vision of the eight founding members was that The Noble Circle Project would continually evolve as a caring and compassionate community of women thriving beyond their cancer diagnoses, by providing its members with an ever-expanding knowledge base.
The evolution of our taglines tells our story
. . .a community of women surviving with cancer (2004)
. . .a community of women surviving beyond cancer (2007)
. . .a community of women thriving beyond cancer.(2009)