Our Mission

The mission of Get Your Rack Back Inc. is to provide support, kindness, and needed items to cancer patients and their families in the Capital Region of New York.

We help families in crisis by providing restaurant, gas and grocery gift cards, as well as financial aid to those struggling to meet their physician and hospital co-pays. GYRB works with local physicians to provide these services to cancer patients who need our assistance.

To truly understand our mission, I must first tell you the meaning of our logo. That starts with the story of a remarkable woman. Her name was Jackie Bramer and she was my mother. She was a kind, caring woman with an infectious laugh, a witty sense of humor and a love for life that made any room light up the moment she entered. Basically, she was an angel here on Earth.

On a rainy July day in 1989, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The third generation in her family. I would become the fourth. After a long journey with cancer, she passed away on April 10, 1996 and heaven gained an angel that day. She was 53 years old.

At her funeral, the smell that filled the room was that of stargazer lilies. Not my mother's favorite as she was a rose and tulip lover, but the flower synonymous with death and funerals. For years as I would smell this flower, a sadness would come over me thinking of what I had lost. They say that there is no greater love than that of a mother for her children and as a mother, I know that to be true. But there also exists the love of a daughter for her mother.

Shortly after my diagnosis in November 2008, someone sent me a dozen stargazer lilies, obviously not knowing how I felt about them. I stared at them, cried and put them in my basement.

A day or two later, I went down in my basement and I made peace with these flowers. It was a moment in time where I finally felt joy seeing and smelling them because they reminded no longer of sadness but of my mother's beautiful smile.

I have always adored hot pink gerber daisies so when I wrote my memoir, "How Connie Got Her Rack Back," I wove these flowers together included on the cover as I wrote my book not only for myself but for the memory of my mother. If you look closely, you will find places within the book where these flowers are placed.

So you see, our logo comes from a place in my heart with a message my mother instilled in me. "Always leave people better for having known you." A message that we carry on in our organization to help those coming from this same place of struggle. Get Your Rack Back Inc is not about giving cancer a voice. It is about being a voice for others and caring about people. My wish for everyone is that we all do our best to leave people better for having known us. And we can accomplish this by helping one family affected by cancer at a time.

Thanks for your interest in Get Your Rack Back!

~Connie

Testimonials

  • My family received a beautiful note and several gift cards from you. Thank you so very much for reaching out to us and for blessing us with your generosity. I could barely read your card to my daughter, I was so touched. Thank you Connie, your words and gifts were so appreciated.

    -Christine, Clifton Park, NY
  • I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your gift of gift cards this Christmas. These gifts have come as a tremendous assistance to my little family through these very difficult times. I am doing my best to support my son, who is 5 years old and my daughter who is 4 years old...

    -Kari, Chadwicks, NY
  • ...Reducing the monetary stress is such a relief and makes it easier to focus on just getting through your treatment and getting better. Thank you and please express my appreciation to all the groups that provide so much support and lessen the pain of cancer.

    -Lisa, Ballston Spa, NY
  • ...She asked, “how could a stranger want to help me?” I answered, “well that’s what Connie and GYRB are all about!” Connie, God Bless you for being you and God Bless Get Your Rack Back!

    -Diane, Nurse Navigator, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • ...With the travel from Chadwicks to Saratoga, and the price of gas and groceries, my children and I have found that your gifts of love were of greater value than you will ever understand...

    -Kari, Chadwicks, NY
  • I received a phone call today from a woman who two days ago felt helpless. She was having trouble making ends meet and had limited money for gas. She travels far for her cancer care. There are very limited facilities where she lives. Yesterday she received an envelope from GYRB. It was filled with gift cards for food, gas, etc. She cried happy tears to me...

    -Diane, Nurse Navigator, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Just wanted to let you know how much your help has assisted me in my recovery. The financial and emotional support has been so much more than you will ever know. These are such special people who work and volunteer to help people – those of us dealing with cancer diagnosis and recovery – who will never truly understand how much they contribute to our recovery and peace of mind...

    -Lisa, Ballston Spa, NY
  • I am the oncology MSW at Saratoga Hospital and I was able to deliver a generous check to my patient to help her cover her medical expenses for her cancer treatments. She was so overwhelmed with gratitude and asked me “why would they help me?” I told her because Connie has been there and she knows what you are going through...

    -Jennifer, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • ...Thank you so much GYRB! The money raised stays local to help our families and neighbors!

    -Jennifer, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Your generous, kind and unexpected gift left me speechless with emotion and deep gratitude. I apologize for not reaching out sooner, but I have recently been going through a difficult time. Thank you for helping to soften the pain. Thank you for doing what you do with courage and grace.

    -Nancy, Saratoga Spring, NY
  • ...Get Your Rack Back is an amazing foundation. I am so grateful for your care and concern for my family during our struggle. Thank you so much for everything you have done for us and for my fellow sisters’ families!

    -Kari, Chadwicks, NY
  • How can I possibly thank you for such an incredibly generous and thoughtful gift?! I so appreciate you thinking of me and for your encouraging words as well (including your book which I loved that was given to me by a friend). You definitely can relate which makes all of this even more special. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. The gift cards are absolutely helpful and just nice.

    -Toni, Fort Edward, NY

 

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