our mission

The mission of give wellness is to empower women to #LiveWELL and #BeWISE.

#BeW I S E 

(Women Informed Supported & Empowered)

Inspired by Donna Pinto’s Journey,* #BeW I S E is a woman’s health initiative in collaboration with DCIS 411. The goal is to help  women make truly informed decisions about breast cancer screening (without conflicts of interest).

#BeW I S E topics include:

  • Risk of breast cancer
  • Mammography Pros and Cons
  • Overdiagnosis & Overtreatment
  • DCIS (Stage Zero Breast Cancer)
  • Options for Breast Imaging
  • Reducing Risk of Breast Cancer

*Donna’s Journey

In 2010, Donna received a diagnosis of DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ), also known as “stage zero” breast cancer.

At age 44, and with two young children, Donna’s life was transformed overnight. She and her husband were terrified by the aggressive “cancer” treatments* they were told needed to be started immediately (*surgery, radiation and hormone-blocking drugs).

Despite being heavily pressured by a medical team of oncologists and surgeons, Donna declined all conventional “cancer” treatments. She was emboldened by studies, articles and experts supporting a less aggressive approach to DCIS.  Alarmed by information about an epidemic of over one million women potentially “over-diagnosed” and “over-treated for DCIS, Donna created DCIS 411, a website filled with insights and resources to help women and their families become informed, supported and empowered about overdiagnosis and overtreatment of DCIS.

Read more about Donna’s Journey. Watch Video of Donna’s Journey: 2009-2015


* wellness…

“…an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.  Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.”   – UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services

“…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – The World Health Organization

“…a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.” – The National Wellness Institute

Sponsors are invited to donate products, services, and gift cards for “wellness wishes” of individuals facing cancer and other hardships.

Please see Holistic Health for Donna’s list of wellness activities and resources.