About Join the Journey

Join the Journey was founded in 2005. Effie Psimos and Patty Allen, breast cancer survivors, and close friend Margie Loprinzi, came together with the hope of raising awareness of breast cancer in Rochester, Minnesota.

Before long, Join the Journey had its first Ten-Mile Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. The community response was tremendous, and participation grows each year. In 2016, nearly 1,000 people participated!

Join the Journey has evolved into an established non-profit community organization, which supports programs and projects that uphold its mission of promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting individuals on their breast cancer journey.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, Join the Journey was created to help you. We will provide you with information, support and fellowship. You are not alone; we are here to help.

Join The Journey


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Our Join the Journey Team:

  • Alyssa Griffith

    Operations Manager

    Emily Whitcomb

    Office Assistant

2017 Board of Directors


  • Lori Denison

  • Margie Loprinzi

  • Kathy Williamson



  • Linda Grigoleit

    Board Member
  • Linda Miller

    Board Member
  • Ashley Kuhn

    Board Member
  • Jan Schmidt

    Board Member
  • Yuliya Antropova-Elder

    Board Member
  • Diane Trisko

    Board Member
  • Andrew Fuchs

    Board Member
  • Carol Phillips

    Board Member
  • Whitney Butlin

    Board Member
  • Sally McGovern

    Board Member
  • Lisa Linn

    Board Member