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June 23, 2010

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June 23, 2010

In April 2009 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was overwhelmed and very frightened, but when I contacted BCO, Hope Nemiroff guided me to a wonderful breast surgeon in NYC. She also gave me good advice on local services for me and was invaluable in her support and compassion.

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

The compassion and support I have received from Hope Nemiroff and the other volunteers at the center. I receive their newsletter which has important information about cancer prevention and treatment. I also attend one of their support groups once a month.

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

The caring and compassion, the support group, the conferences, and the personalized attention given to any specific questions.

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

Kind, compassionate, and very willing to share their personal health stories.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help more women and men.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 22, 2010

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June 22, 2010

In Aug. 2004, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my left breast. I was shocked and like most women in my position I was scared. I have a great nurse practitioner who I use as my regular health provider--she recommended Dr. Sheldon Feldman to be my surgeon which was wonderful advice. I still had so many questions. Someone suggested BCO and I made my first contact--a call on a Sat. morning. Within minutes, Hope Nemeroff called me back. She shared her story, gave me great advice and put me on the track for dealing with decisions for my treatment and recovery. At one point in my treatment, she accompanied me to an appointment as my advocate and to help me in my decision to have radiation. I cannot say enough positive things about this supportive organization. The annual conferences, frequent panels and workshops, and all of the information that comes in many forms--like the regular emails and contacts from others in our situation have helped me through the years. I feel that anytime I would have an issue, I definitely have a place to turn for information and guidance. I am so thankful for Breast Cancer Options and all that Hope and the rest of the organization has done for me.

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

my life as a breast cancer survivor. Especially after the initial diagnosis I received in 2004.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 21, 2010

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June 21, 2010

I found out about BCO in 2004. I sponsored a luncheon which featured 2 of the best doctors (Dr. Sheldon Feldman, Breast Surgeon, and Dr. Mitch Gaynor, oncologist. They spoke to an incredibly educated audience of over 200. I felt it was one of the most worthwhile events providing tangible information directly to those who needed it. A year later, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Hope Nemeroff (founder) and Patty Tabatznik (board member) spent a huge amount of time with me helping me sort through the mass of information. They insisted on not letting me go to the doctor alone and helped educate me on the choices I needed to make. Getting a diagnosis of cancer is overwhelming and, although I'm an intelligent, well educated woman, I was in a state of shock and welcomed their support. I went through chemotherapy and radiation. I went to Dr Gaynor who is a complementary oncologist. My treatment included diet, yoga, meditation and supplements. I'm happy to say that just about 5 years later, I am healthier than ever and providing support and encouragement to others. I also have created a "cause bag" in order to 'give back' to this very worthwhile organization. Why is it that the ones who work the hardest have the most difficult time getting funds?? I have (and will continue) to donate to this organization and believe that it is groups like this that REALLY make a difference. They are the ones who do what the big organizations don't and can't. They are the ones who are 'there' for the people in the community with support, company and suggestions. Please help to keep this organization going with generous funding.

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

Their accompanying me to radiationand doctors' appointments, meeting with me on numerous occasions to help me understand the test results and diagnoses, talking with me endlessly to help me cope with my illness, encouraging me to remain strong.

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

their appreciation for any help they get.

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

Encouraging, positive, supportive

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more people by hiring more staff; research more and present newest findings to educate the public, service a larger area

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 21, 2010

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June 21, 2010

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. I had an excellent surgeon who told me that I had to have radiation. Because of my contact with BCO I was able to do some very thorough research on the type of cancer I had and make the informed decision to have the lumpectomy and not have radiation to follow. BCO is a grass roots advocacy group which is the creation of Hope Nemiroff. She is tireless, brilliant, caring and committed. In these last ten years I have had several friends who were diagnosed with breast cancer. She has always found time to talk to them (many times), take them or have one of BCO's 'companion advocates' take them to appointments, and most of all, give them important resources for them to help themselves. There is a newsletter with up to the moment accurate cancer information....and the website is a lifeline to all of us at different stages of our illness. Because of BCO thousands of women in the Hudson Valley are aware of the 'precautionary principle', come together at least twice a year for very informative intelligent conferences, and most of all have been empowered by the work of Breast Cancer Options.

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

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. I had an excellent surgeon who told me that I had to have radiation. Because of my contact with BCO I was able to do some very thorough research on the type of cancer I had and make the informed decision to have the lumpectomy and not have radiation to follow. BCO is a grass roots advocacy group which is the creation of Hope Nemiroff. She is tireless, brilliant, caring and committed. In these last ten years I have had several friends who were diagnosed with breast cancer. She has always found time to talk to them (many times), take them or have one of BCO's 'companion advocates' take them to appointments, and most of all, give them important resources for them to help themselves. There is a newsletter with up to the moment accurate cancer information....and the website is a lifeline to all of us at different stages of our illness. Because of BCO thousands of women in the Hudson Valley are aware of the 'precautionary principle', come together at least twice a year for very informative intelligent conferences, and most of all have been empowered by the work of Breast Cancer Options.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 21, 2010

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June 21, 2010

There is a great deal of information available to women who have had breast cancer, but it is hard to know who to believe and who to trust. I regularly read the BCO emails and whenever I check them out with my oncologist, she confirms the accuracy of the information. BCO has been both helpful and supportive during a difficult time in my life

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BCO information encourages me to keep me doing the things I need to do to stay well after chemo. They help me to feel empowered and hopeful.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 21, 2010

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June 21, 2010

BCO made accessible to excellent peer support through the trials and tribulations of surviving breast cancer therapies. BCO has been an important source of hope and information about the alternative and complimentary treatments to breast cancer. The conferences and the sharing experiences with my peers has been a factor in my survial and health improvement.

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My excellent support and the generosity of everyone involved with information and time...these are exceptional.

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

The support groups and yearly conference.

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

Generous, caring, and informed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fund more people in need and dissemination of information.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

When I had breast cancer in 2002 I was given Hope Nemiroff's phone number. It was actually Hope who picked up the phone. She talked to me, gave me support and actually went with me to my oncologist's appointment. It was a great comfort. Since then I have gotten frequent helpful articles by email. Breast Cancer Options Inc. was one of the most important supports I had during that time. I still recommend it to people when I hear that they have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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

my own experience with cancer.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

I believe that BCOS and Hope Nemeroff have changed the face of breast cancer in the Hudson Valley by providing women and their families with vital information, support, guidance, and loving care. Many of my nutrition clients have found vital medical and emotional support through BCOS. As a health care provider, I find a great deal of useful information in the newsletters, and I appreciate the opportunity BCOS has afforded me and other professionals to participate in their ongoing workshops and outreach programs.

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

my professional life by broadening my reach to offer nutritional support to women with breast cancer and by increasing my own knowledge via the ongoing newsletters i receive.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 19, 2010

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June 19, 2010

I first discovered BCO before I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. As a high breast cancer risk,I needed to learn all I could, so I got on their e-mail list and started to receive abstracts (several/week) about the latest research related to breast cancer. It was invaluable to me as a high breast cancer risk women and subsequently a breast cancer patient. All the research was at my fingertips in a concise, readable, and not overwhelming manner. In addition, Hope Nemeroff was/is always easily available by phone for any questions and referrals to community services. Between the research abstracts, Complimentary Medicine Conference every year and other educational workshops throughout the year, BCO offers our community accessible, down to earth educational programs which helps all women make informed decisions about their health. Hope Nemeroff is a very bright, tireless advocate, whose organization truly deserves to be honored with a health award.

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

the Mid-Hudson Valley. See my "Review" for my personal story.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 19, 2010

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June 19, 2010

After diagnoses and treatment I was following up w/ a check up at the Radiologist. I looked at the material that was provided for support. That's how I found BCO. I was shocked that they offered a camp for my children. All through out my sickness, my children seemed to be put in the background. My children LOVE Camp Lightheart,I do too. This will be the 3rd summer that my son will be going and my daughter will be returning as a volunteer this year. I love the people and the whole idea behind this wonderful, magical place that is JUST for the kids who's lives have been touched by this terrible disease-I highly recommend it, children have other children to interact with who have the same fears and feelings in a safe and fun enviroment.

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

My son who had a tougher time I think than my daughter, comes back from camp excited, telling me all of the wonderful things he did and saw while he was there. This has helped him realize that he is not the only one going through this ordeal.

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

From Camp Lightheart to support meetings to asking questions BCO is always there for me-AND my family

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

The volunteers are terriffic you could'nt ask for nicer, more knowledgeable people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Touch a wider margin of people who would benefit from their services-which would be a wondeful thing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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