Breast Cancer Connections

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy, Cancer, Breast Cancer

Location: 390 Cambridge Avenue Palo Alto CA 94306 USA

Mission: 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
Programs: 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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EIN 77-0417605
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is providing wonderful services to men, women and families touched by breast cancer. The staff is all caring, professional, helpful and always goes the extra mile. I hope that some day breast cancer is a thing of the past and we no longer need BCC, but until that time I am so thankful they are here for all who need it.

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When I was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago, I found a Breast Cancer Connections bookmark in the packet of information that I was given at the hospital where I had my biopsy. I went to their free and informal (“no reservation-needed”) Thursday night Open House/Q&A session to get some of my questions answered. I was so impressed with the combination of professionalism and warmth that I found there that I became an avid supporter and volunteer (Board Member, Buddy [Peer Counselor to newly diagnosed women], member of their Survivorship and Advocacy Task Force), and general all-around promoter of BCC’s services. Let me tell you a little about the weekly Open House: Every Thursday night from 5:30 to 7:00 you can just walk into the beautiful and calming space that BCC calls home and find a breast cancer healthcare provider (medical oncologist, breast surgeon, radiologist, reconstructive surgeon, dietician, etc.) as well as a therapist who runs the sessions. There are also survivor volunteers who answer the "what it's like" types of questions that only someone who has been through the experience can. Women at the session take turns asking their questions to the doctor or other clinician. The women and supporting friends and family members learn from the doctor and from the other women by hearing their comments. At this session you can also learn about the 30 other programs BCC has available, free of charge, to patients, survivors and families. I continue to donate and volunteer at BCC because I see the impact that my support is making. This is a fabulous asset to our community and now with a toll free number, to the whole country.

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