In Loving Memory of
Michelle’s Place was created as a dying wish of Michelle Watson. Michelle was a 26-year-old victim of breast cancer. As a Temecula resident, Michelle was frustrated with the lack of local resources available to her while facing the challenges of cancer treatment.
During her battle, Michelle felt she would have liked a place she could receive some emotional comfort, a listening ear, and an opportunity to talk with someone who was surviving breast cancer and learning to cope with the disease. This place would also provide the latest information regarding treatment options, coping strategies, up-to-date research and clinical developments so the person and their family can help in planning and be informed when making treatment decisions.
Sadly, Michelle succumbed to her disease on July 23, 2000. In the wake of Michelle’s passing came a mission of service to make it easier for others touched by this unrelenting disease. Family, friends, and the community have come together and created a mission to serve the local community. Her parents wish her treatment would have started sooner, but bitter disappointment was replaced with positive action. Since Michelle needed a resource center where she could go for help in coping with her challenges, her parents, family and friends started one in her memory so others will have an opportunity to get the help they need —it is called Michelle’s Place.
Michelle always shared her knowledge and experience of battling cancer in a positive, uplifting way. Although her journey on earth was cut short at the age of 26, her vision of helping others with breast cancer has been the inspiration to open Michelle’s Place and assist those walking a similar path.
Today, Michelle’s Place provides over 10,000 free services a year to individuals and families impacted by cancer. In order to continue to provide these free programs and services to clients, we rely on the ongoing support of our donors, grantors and fundraising efforts. As a nonprofit organization, every dollar counts! Donations allow Michelle’s Place to continue to provide the necessary support to women, and their families, impacted by breast cancer throughout our community.
"If there is any message I could pass on it would be to take today's opportunities and live your dreams. I know sometimes it's hard not to be stressed out by life and bogged with minor problems. Try to remember what matters most to your heart and be thankful for what you do have."