BREAST FRIENDS

Rating: 4.96 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services, Breast Cancer

Location: 14050 SW Pacific Hwy #201 #301 Tigard OR 97224 USA

Mission: Breast Friends helps women survive the trauma of breast cancer... one friend at a time by creating a network for support and inspiration.
Target demographics: newly diagnosed patients
Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 new patients and over 200 continuing patients
Geographic areas served: throughout the U.S.
Programs: one-on-one support, group support, chemo hats, bras, breast prosthesis, and wigs, workshops and retreats to patients. We have services that match the patient's journey from moment of diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was so sure I could get through it without a lot of support. I was SO WRONG. I found myself in this really dark place and scared beyond anything I had ever felt before. I made the call to Breast Friends, and my life changed almost immediately. Sharon and Becky provided the hope necessary to get through my diagnosis and treatment, and then they became family. I found my recovery to be a 2 phased experience. First your doctors heal you physically, and then the emotional healing begins. This is where Breast Friends helped me get back on track to a better life than I had before. When I was going through all the surgery and recovery, a happier life is something I seriously couldn't imagine. It was a long and challenging journey, but when I needed that gentle voice, that ray of hope, that person willing to extend themselves to help, there is none better than Breast Friends. Their entire staff is there to help, and their volunteers are the BEST!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I absolutely LOVE Breast Friends and what they do! They are a fantastic non profit that help women who get the awful disease of breast cancer (as 1 in 8 women do) and they show loving, caring and helpful support throughout the harsh uncertain battle these women face.
The innovative idea the Becky Olson and Sharon Henifin had to start this incredible program is so desparately needed and appreciated.
Both Becky and Sharon are Breast Cancer surviors and they know first hand what they are talking about and teaching as they have lived through breast cance and have come out shining examples on the other side! :)
BREAST FRIENDS IN TIGARD OREGON IS LIFE CHANGING AND SO GREAT!

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I get so much joy knowing that BREAST FRIENDS is helping so many wonderful scared women who have gotten breast cancer. they even help women in prison. My husband's wife died of breast cancer in 2000 and i'm so thankful for any breast cancer non profits but this one is the dearest to my heart. The women involved are just AWESOME!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes they do a FANTASTIC JOB AT WHAT THEY ARE DOING!! if it ain't broke don't fix it!! :)

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Rating: 4 stars  

Breast Friends provides emotional support to women during breast cancer treatment and afterwards. They focus on helping one individual at a time. Amazing women!

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I didn't want to go through traditional counseling as all the counselors wanted me to radically change my life. Breast Friends sent a volunteer to sit with me during my chemo treatments and tell me stories--hers and others. I didn't talk, didn't want to talk, so she did. Extremely rewarding to know that I was not alone in what I was feeling/going through.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Focus less on fund raising events, and more on helping women. But you need more money for this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I met Sharon Henifin while undergoing chemotherapy treatment, at Northwest Cancer Specialists. It was so refreshing to meet someone so upbeat and so down to earth. Her positive attitude and happy spirit brightened my Wednesday mornings. The opportunity to share my deepest, most personal thoughts and concerns with someone who had "walked in my shoes", was invaluable to me.
Thank you so much Sharon-you are an angel!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the time spent visiting with Sharon

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't think I've had enough experience to know what changes to make.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hearing the diagnosis of "breast cancer" is traumatic, and not everyone has family, friends or co-workers to provide support. The Mission of Breast Friends - "Until there's a cure, helping women survive the trauma of cancer...one friend at a time....." is to make certain every woman does have loving, caring, sincere support during a frightening, stressful, question-filled time.

Breast Friends is a blessing: the organization exudes kindness, joy and the all-important ear to hear the concerns of Survivors. There is so much fear and confusion beginning with diagnosis that many people feel uncertain about everything. Often, the Survivor, or family member, "just" needs to talk, and our "job" is to listen and help them down from the ceiling.

My diagnosis has resulted in wonderful friendships that I am so glad to have in my life; in fact, I feel breast cancer is one of the most positive experiences of my life because of the special Survivors - all ages, backgrounds, interests, etc - I've met. Breast Friends has also provided me an opportunity to volunteer, and help make a positive difference in other women's lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...kindness, understanding, positive energy, smiles, laughter, and a sense that I can contribute to helping others through their journey.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...like more peple to understand the differences between Komen, which funds research, and Breast Friends, which provides emotional support, and that we have the same goals though our approaches are different. It is vitally important that under-insured women who are diagnosed be given financial hope, an area of which BF is well aware and is an ongoing source of frustration.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I want to commend Breast Friends for the services they provide to the community. I sell Cancer Insurance and as a result, become one of the first people to learn about cancer diagnosis from my clients. It's a relief to have been exposed to Becky and Sharon's expertise about how to help someone at this point. They give hands on examples of what someone who had been diagnosed with cancer is going through and help those of us around them to actually say and do things that make a positive difference in the lives of newly diagnosed cancer patients.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally used Breast Friends advice on how to best help someone handle a new diagnosis of cancer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding to reach more women needing support and help.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Breast Friends was there when I needed them the most. They provided me with caring peer support, which made my diagnosis and treatments easier. Nothing compared to being able to speak to someone who knew exactly what I was thinking and feeling at that time (emotionally, mentally, and physically). Thanks, Breast Friends! I could not have made it without you.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization. Through their peer support, I was able to maintain a positive outlook throughout my diagnosis and treatment plan.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not chane a thing about Breast Friends. Becky and Sharon, fellow breast cancer survivors, care about other survivors. It shows through their continued support of other survivors, counseling, and literature(brochures and DVDs).

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 1/2 years ago. I immediately went online to look for support. I found breast friends and thought it was local to me in NC. Founder Sharon Henifin contacted me and that is when I discovered they were located in Oregon, all the way across the country. However that did not stop Sharon or breast friends from reaching out to me and providing support in my time to of need. Sharon and I talked for hoursand she helped me through some tough times during chemo. I can only imagine what they do for their local folks. We now have a local chapter in raleigh, NC. Breast friends is a wonderful charity and organization that provides services that are priceless. I hope they have the opportunity to continue to do what they do and expand to help women everywhere. Women diagnosed with breast cancer need them like I needed them. Thanks breast friends for lending your hand to hold through very rough waters.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I experience the results of this organization everyday of my life. I am better, stronger and here because I had them to turn to. Medicine may physically help you through cancer, but it is organizations like breast friends that help you mentally and emotionally heal from cancer and cancer treatment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it to have a chapter in every state and city possible, and clone Sharon Henifin, founder.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer at an ACS Cancer Resource Center in Bend Oregon. The folks at Breast Friends have generously shared the materials and hats from their vast amount of resources with us. It is such a wonderful opportunity to give a woman with breast cancer some very pertinent information, a tip sheet for the caregiver, and the uplifting hat which always puts a smile on the faces of everyone in the infusion room.
Thank you Breast Friends for being there for the women of Central Oregon.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The results of the Hat/Resources program that I/we share with patients has been very positive. The list of ideas for loved ones and caregivers if very valuable in helping the woman with breast cancer know what to ask other to help her do, as well as giving a very positive role for the caregiver. The hats are delightful and help women see some humor in all the distress around them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone it!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a 10 year breast cancer survivor. When I was going through my treatment, at the time, Breast of Friends was just starting and not really developed. The only support groups for breast cancer were support groups developed at hospitals. I later met two brave women, Sharon and Becky, who had shared the same similar stories of mine and was on a mission to make a difference not only in Portland but with Breast Cancer. I have seen this organization grow the past 10 years and make a difference in this sisterhood. Breast of Friends had made a great difference in the community of women's cancer by their support, passion,hard work, and most of their commitement to help find a cure for this disease. I would highly recommend this organization and support to continue this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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