About Battle Baskets
Dr. Jade L. Ranger first developed her passion for the fight against breast cancer when she was 12 years old, and her mother, Janet Ebron, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 46.
As a family, they participated in the Susan G. Colman Race for the Cure every year in D.C. and would raise awareness about breast cancer at their church during annual health fairs.
In 2011, Jade joined the Peninsula chapter of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF), where she was an active member for almost ten years.
Battle Baskets was born in late 2019 when one of Jade’s neighbors was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, when she prepared a gift bag full of encouragement for her neighbor, she had no idea that she would make many more gift bags over the course of the next year for a few of her patients and eventually her older sister Jasmine.
While Jade had originally approached her mother, Janet, and her sister about starting their own business, providing encouragement and support for newly diagnosed women in the spring of 2021, they didn’t officially move forward with the idea until a few months later.
When a woman called Jade’s pharmacy, The Prescription Shoppe, because she had heard about the breast cancer bags that Jade had made in the past, and requested that Jade make a bag for one of her friends who was recently diagnosed – Jade knew that this was more than a sign from above. This request was confirmation that it was time to pursue the vision that the Lord had placed on her heart months earlier. In July of 2021, Battle Baskets became official!
As a family, we are no strangers to the battle against cancer. Janet Ebron was diagnosed with breast cancer in her mid-forties. And after a couple of her other family members had a similar journey, she decided to get tested for the BRCA gene mutation in the spring of 2017.
Even though everyone has a BRCA gene present within their DNA, those who test positive for the gene mutation are at a significantly higher risk of developing either or both breast and ovarian cancer.
After finding out that she tested positive for the BRCA-1 gene mutation, Janet’s team of doctors wanted her to be proactive and recommended having her ovaries removed as a precaution.
A week after her surgery when the pathology report came back, her doctors learned that there were already cancer cells growing. Janet immediately began treatment for ovarian cancer and urged her two daughters, Jasmine and Jade, to find out their BRCA status as well.
In October of 2017, Jasmine found out that she too tested positive for the gene mutation. She then began getting a breast MRI and mammogram alternating every six months for cancer screenings. And although Jade tested negative for the gene mutation, she began getting mammograms at the age of 32 because of her family history.
Unfortunately, Jasmine was eventually diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2020. After several surgeries and five months of chemotherapy, she is finally on the mend. Jasmine’s journey has not been easy, and she’s had to endure several unfavorable side effects due to her treatments. However, she remained positive and relied on her faith and family to get her through. She also began mentoring newly diagnosed women to help encourage them along their own respective journeys.
While Jade is not a cancer survivor herself, she has been a fierce advocate for breast cancer awareness and encouraging women to be proactive about their screenings. Because of her secondhand experience with cancer, she has seen up close the toll that not only the diagnosis can have on a person but also the treatment journey as well. In October of 2019, Jade took up making encouragement bags for her newly diagnosed family members, neighbors, and patients. Since then, she has made several different types of encouragement bags and baskets for people.
Jade received such positive feedback about her gifts that she decided to turn them into a business. After discussing her business proposal with her mother and sister in July of 2021, Battle Baskets was officially born!
Together, as a mother and daughter trio, Jade, Jasmine, and Janet are determined to encourage and support other women throughout their journeys as they too become a survivor and conquer their own battles!
Battle Baskets offers gift baskets filled with encouraging items for newly diagnosed cancer patients, as well as general encouragement baskets for everyone. We also help people living with cancer connect with cancer survivors at no additional cost. We provide our services to the residents of Virginia and beyond.
Our Mission Statement
At Battle Baskets, our mission is to spread positivity and foster a culture of care in our community. We seek to provide our clients a means of motivating their loved ones other than the words and gestures of encouragement we often give to each other.
Our Vision Statement
At Battle Baskets, we envision a community where everyone supports and motivates each other. We aim to bring a positive impact to the lives of the people we serve.
Dr. Jade L. Ranger (Founder/ Managing Director)
Originally from Bowie, Maryland, Dr. Jade L. Ranger graduated from Hampton University with a doctorate of pharmacy degree (PharmD.) in 2012. Read More
Dr. Jasmine M. Ebron (Marketing Manager)
Dr. Jasmine M. Ebron graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a B.A. in Biology and then worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for two years. Read More
Janet Ebron (Production Manager)
Janet was blessed to be born in a small town (Stuart) in southwest Virginia, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, in a community filled with love and purpose where people looked out for each other and were considered extended family. Read More