Breast Cancer Connections

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Philanthropy, Cancer, Breast Cancer


390 Cambridge Avenue Palo Alto CA 94306 USA


Founded in 1993 by a survivor and her surgeon, BCC provides personalized information and support to people touched by breast cancer, in an atmosphere of warmth, sensitivity, and understanding.  The organization is guided by the following principles: We place the needs of our clients first; We personalize our services for each individual; We empower clients by providing information that helps them make decisions; We seek to reduce the barriers to services; We value the experience, knowledge and involvement of breast cancer survivors; We provide meaningful opportunities for volunteers and value them as integral to our mission; We seek partnerships and collaborations to better fulfill our mission; We are committed to providing our services free of charge.

Geographic areas served:

San Francisco Bay Area


CBHP programs include: a comprehensive Breast Health Library; helpline telephone and walk-in support by caring volunteers; weekly drop-in question and answer sessions with physicians; a Buddy Program matching current clients with breast cancer survivors; support groups for individuals who are newly diagnosed, have metastatic breast cancer, have DCIS, and who have completed treatment; a support group for couples; a team of therapists available for crisis counseling; healing and guided imagery sessions, writing workshops, mindfulness meditation workshops, life coaching and other ongoing wellness activities; assistance preparing for medical appointments; and volunteer opportunities for breast cancer survivors and friends. CBHP also provides an outreach program, The Gabriella Patser Program, that helps young, at-risk women navigate the medical system and access necessary screening and diagnostic tests. The program pays for services for women under 40 who have no insurance or resources and are at risk for breast cancer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

23 people found this review helpful

Diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2004, I was treated aggressively with dose-dense chemotherapy. My treatments left me extremely debilitated and once my radiation series was over, I immediately came to Breast Cancer Connections (BCC) to restore my self confidence and also to acquire tools to cope with my transition to my “new normal” life. I joined the newly formed Recovery and Renewal Support group. I also participated in the “Writing Your Way Through Cancer” Workshop. I began to develop coping skills, through hearing what other survivors were doing. I took advantage of all the resources available, and began applying my biology and environmental background to understand breast cancer, healing and recovery concerns, and survivorship issues. Currently, I am a Helpline Volunteer where I feel I make an immediate difference in the lives of those making that first call for help. I am a “Buddy” and peer mentor for clients needing support. Often people will comment “How can you volunteer on the Helpline – isn’t it difficult and so sad?” I am not denying that some weeks my four-hour shift can be challenging. Recently, I supported three breast cancer clients – two came to our center and the other client I spoke with by phone. I was there to help these clients find the resources they needed but most importantly, I was there to listen to these courageous women. There were tears and hugs in abundance but I knew, as clichéd as it sounds, that I had helped “make a difference” to these women by being a helpline volunteer that morning. Other shifts are filled with hope and joy such as the time when a gentleman called on my shift wanting to donate part of his jewelry sales to BCC. His first encounter with BCC was that of a real person with a friendly, helpful voice, there to help him connect to BCC and the wonderful work that we do. He visited BCC the same morning, met with our development staff and left a generous cash donation. I highly encourage others to volunteer and become involved with this wonderful organization – you will feel valued. As noted in the last part of BCC’s mission statement: “…an atmosphere of warmth, sensitivity, and understanding” This is BCC – the minute you step through the door you feel this warmth from staff and volunteers alike. This is what volunteers want to feel – a connection to the BCC “community” and an opportunity to give hope to anyone touched by breast cancer. I can honestly say that being a part of BCC has made an enormous difference to my life. BCC resources, workshops, and complementary therapy programs enabled me to recover from the debilitating effects of my treatment and allowed me to address the psychosocial aspects of having been diagnosed with breast cancer in a safe and nurturing environment. It is a privilege to be able to support the organization that supported me through a dark time in my life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, compassionate and understanding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

22 people found this review helpful

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2007. My friend suggested I check out the Newly Diagnosed Support Group at Breast Cancer Connection (BCC). I’m not much of a people person, but she insisted that I go at least once. Best thing I ever did! Not only did I meet women going through the same thing I was going through, I met women who were near completing their treatment, and thriving! Seeing these women in person gave me a great sense of hope. I learned so much about different chemo drugs available, and their related side effects, that I felt empowered to choose the course of action I would take to cure my particular form of breast cancer. Now I attend the Recovery & Renewal Group at BCC. Once in a while I attend the Newly Diagnosed Group and hope I am an inspiration for others going through this terrible disease.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I felt empowered to choose the course of action I would take to cure my particular form of breast cancer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...breast cancer survivors, professional, knowledgeable, helpful!

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