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June 20, 2011

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June 19, 2010

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and at that time, I was unaware of Breast Cancer Options. When I did learn of BCO, I wanted to give back and so I became a volunteer. Based on all I know abo... more

June 20, 2011

I first became involved with Breast Cancer Options five years ago as a volunteer and am now currently serving on their board. The organization has experienced cuts in funding this year and is struggling but continues to provide the services it has in the past. We sponsor a camp in the summer for children whose parent has breast cancer; acupuncture treatments; peer support groups; advocacy and information about breast cancer and treatment. The organization serves Ulster, Columbia, Orange, Dutchess and Green counties in New York State.

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The Director, Hope Nemiroff, works endlessly to bring these services to the people living in the Mid-Hudson Valley. She has helped so many people by providing information and services.

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

If I had to make any changes to this organization, it would be to get more volunteers to help with the various tasks that must be completed in order to provide the wonderful services that we do. Funding has been cut, which means we need to do more fundraising and this requires the aid of more people. If anyone would like to volunteer for this wonderful agency, please call Hope at 845-339-4673.

June 19, 2010

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and at that time, I was unaware of Breast Cancer Options. When I did learn of BCO, I wanted to give back and so I became a volunteer. Based on all I know about the organization now, I wish I had been aware of their services. I certainly could have used the advice and support the organization provides to the community and individual people. Even after diagnosis and treatment, I have received invaluable advice from Hope Nimeroff which has included doctor referrals, lastest treatment trends and other complimentary treatments. This organization is such an asset to the resident's of our area.

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

seeing how many people they help each day and how their services have provided encouragement, education and support.

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

seeing how many people the organization reaches and helps.

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

so dedicated to the cause and have given 110% to make the organization the best that it can be.

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

When I heard my diagnosis, I wanted information on everything what was available in both mainstream and complementary medicine. The Internet was loaded with questionable material. I got to Breast Cancer Options through a book. The founder, Hope Nemiroff, immediately took my call. I liked that I could discuss options that had been carefully researched. A lot of women don't know that this is a strictly local organization, providing services in the Hudson River Valley exclusively--that's an important distinction. There are publications available, organized seminars, a yearly conference--even a camp--Camp Lightheart-- providing respite for patients and a fun-filled vacation for kids affected by the disease. Comprehensive information that's reliable and current here at home makes Breast Cancer Options an excellent starting point on the journey to recovery.

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I was assisted when I made a difficult decision to include complementary medicine early on in my treatment. I was given information and support--not advice. I feel that I made the right choice for me. Tests have been good.I'm grateful for BCO's help.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them a platform and a large amplifier so that everyone across the region could be aware of what they have to offer. If I had the financial means, I'd support their mission with large and continuing donations so they could continue to grow.

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

that the information provided is researched and credible. That their focus is on comprehensive breast cancer options combining what is available in both mainstream and complementary medicine.

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

Compassionate, dedicated, focused. There is room for many perspectives. Everyone is available and approachable as well as knowledgable.

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

Build an even stronger network of services so that women with breast cancer could find here in the Hudson Valley. It could continue to educate doctors, patients and law makers on the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to breast cancer--

Ways to make it better...

I had learned about this organization even earlier in my fight against breast cancer. It would have helped if my medical doctors had referred me to them for information and support.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

in the funding realm. People don't realize that many large research organizations don't fund local services. That's an important distinction to remember.

One thing I'd also say is that...

there is no other organization like this in the Hudson Valley region and it deserves attention and support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 19, 2010

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June 19, 2010

Breast Cancer Options provides free support groups for women with breast cancer facilitated by knowlegable and caring women. I gave a talk on nutrition at one of the support groups and helped several women understand some serious health problems they had been experiencing since their chemotherapy. They had nowhere else to go to ask the questions and find the answers they needed. These support groups and the free breast cancer forums that Breast Cancer Options provides fill a huge gap in services and in information for women with breast cancer and their families. This free service is empowering hundreds of women in the area to take charge of their health and their recovery.

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

Offering a level of education about breast cancer and treatment options that is not found anywhere else. and in providing a level of support and empowerment that allows women to be active participants in their treatment decisions.

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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

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