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December 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 7, 2010

This is a fabulous organization that provides one-on-one support to breast and ovarian cancer patients. The volunteers are survivors and give an amazing amount of personal time and energy to provide support for patients, their friends and family members. It's amazing what these women do for FREE! I tell all new breast cancer patients about Breast Friends.; I consider them a key resource and don't know what I would do without them!

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

Connecting breast cancer patients with a network of women who care about them and their well-being

Ways to make it better...

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

1. Clone them and put them in every city across this country 2. Make them better known so they could compete for funding 3. Improve their professional identity

December 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 6, 2010

Alone, having just moved to a new city, I was incredibly scared when I found a lump in my left breast. On my way to work one day I saw a "Cancer Support" sign on an office building. Knowing I had no other support to speak of, I pulled in. When I timidly entered Breast Friends' office and explained my problem, they immediately gave me hugs all-around. Then they visited with me a bit to get to know my story, taking time out of their busy days. Finally, they arranged to go to every single one of my doctor appointments so I would not be alone. They took notes, asked good questions, and assured me that they'd stand by me whatever came. They came to my surgery and wrote me cards of encouragement. As it turned out, I didn't have cancer, but I did find some amazing friends. I decided to volunteer with Breast Friends because they actually do things that help, like going to doctor appointment and giving hugs. Without them, an incredibly scary time in my life would have been unbearable. I'd recommend them to anyone.

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

they helped me through some difficult times in my life

Ways to make it better...

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

expand their services to bring more help to more women in more places

December 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 6, 2010

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2010. After my initial meeting with the doctors, I was given a handbook that included many contact sites. I called Breast Friends one afternoon looking for advice on how to deal with my specific situation. I received a call back within an hour with honest and open answers to my questions from people who have had experience with the disease. My original contact has helped me and my husband deal with the fears and frustrations that come with the initial shock and has followed my progress. She has responded quickly to any calls/emails and has reached out just to check on my progress. Given the many volunteers in their group who have personal experience with a wide variety of situations, Breast Friends is in a unique position to provide excellent support.

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

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Ways to make it better...

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

I cannot think of anything that they could do that would enhance the experience

December 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 6, 2010

After being diagnosed with a high grade fast growing breast cancer in March of 2010 at only age 44 - panic and fear were daily emotions until I met a wonderful Breast Friends Melbourne Chapter Founder - Sherry - at my oncologist's office. Sherry is a BC survivor herself and openly shared her insight with me. She literally held my hand each time they had to access my port to give me chemo (I hate needles!). She and the other women of the Breast Friends organization have continued to call, email and check on my recovery. Words can't express my sincere gratitude for the emotional support I have continued to receive! No women should go through this experience alone and Breast Friends ensures that the support is always there when needed.

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

Even though a woman may have a supportive family – the kind of support you get from another BC Survivor is priceless. Sherry was brave enough to show me her scars; so I would know what to expect from reconstructive surgery and tattooing.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would.....Start a chapter in each major city. My cousin in the VA area was recently diagnosed and did not have any support group near her home. I have helped her by phone and text.

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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

How did you find this group?

Social Worker provided written info and Volunteer at my oncologist office

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Eating better - enjoying life and volunteering myself

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 6, 2010

I have been a supporter of Breast Friends for a number of years now because of the assistance these wonderful women and this non-profit offers women going through cancer, in the middle of it or at the end of it. There are no other organizations that I know of that are THERE for you like Breast Friends at the "time" they are needed the most. They help families understand and help them through the process aiding them in their role and how they can help. That in itself if absolutely the most important part in assisting the patient to get healthy again. I wish this organization would have been around when my Mother had breast cancer.

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

Their growth and achievements with the staff, volunteers and board. I have been apart of this non-profit in various ways the past few years and I have seen their growth.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would make them as well known as Susan G Koman. This organization is the best and they need their name out there to help those women suffering with cancer. There are no others that I am aware of.

December 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 6, 2010

Breast Friends is an exceptional organization on many fronts. First they provide a unique service. By training loved ones, friends and co-workers on how to provide practical help, they multiply the level of support given women going through the trauma of cancer. Second, they support the women themselves from diagnosis, through treatment and through the inevitable changes that occur after recovery. Finally, they maximize their reach by being amazing stewards of every penny provided through donations and fundraising efforts. 80% of every dollar goes directly into programs and outreach. The co-founders always put program and material costs before themselves.

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

Giving me counsel on how to support a dear friend going through cancer treatment. By telling me to override the tendency to wait for someone to ask for help and just show up, I made a huge difference for my friend. Who knew that just showing up with a meal or ready to clean her apartment with cleaning materials in hand would mean so much? Not me. I was waiting for her to tell me what to do. I didn't understand that she was probably too exhausted or embarrassed to pick up the phone.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way for them to reach even more people.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a friend with cancer.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Reach more people with the proven programs and methods they have in place.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Expand services to train others to provide their programs and services nationwide.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 6, 2010

I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer at age 30 in April 2009. I received a list of breast cancer support groups to call on my first oncology visit, and Breast Friends had a big star handwritten by it. I called the next day, and Sharon H., one of the founders answered the phone herself. I talked with her for over half an hour and I really felt like she understood. She helped me to feel more in control of the situation, and to remember to take it day by day. I received a box from Breast Friends the following week with various breast cancer items, including a hat to help deal with the upcoming loss of my hair. Over the course of my chemo and surgeries, I became personal friends with Sharon as she visited with me and other patients during my chemotherapy treatments. I have made many friends in the same situation as myself thanks to Breast Friends, and knowing there are people who truly understand and want to support you such as Breast Friends, is invaluable when in the battle and beyond. I absolutely reccommend newly diagnosed and survivors alike to call and connect with them.

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

A very personal way, Breast Friends was integral in my getting through the 6 months of chemotherapy and then twice a day radiation after that.

Ways to make it better...

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

Add more locations and support groups.

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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

How did you find this group?

Referred by my oncology agency, and the breast cancer coordinator.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Hope.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 6, 2010

When I was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I remembered Breast Friends. I went into their office for guidance and support. I received both. I was welcomed with open arms and both Sharon and Becky shared their stories. Their strength helped me feel a bit more at ease. They are wonderful people and I was lucky to have them on my side. It is a wonderful organization that more people need to know about.
Denise Jennings

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

when I was diagnosed with cancer

Ways to make it better...

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

I would not make any changes

December 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 6, 2010

When a friend or loved one is diagnosed with cancer, you feel like there is nothing you can do to help them....or simply don't know what you CAN do. Breast Friends is the solution. They teach friends and loved ones how to be a FRIEND when someone you love is daignosed with cancer. Without Breast Friends, so many of us would be lost.

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

Breast Friends helped me be a better son and friend to those people I love who were diagnosed with cancer.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure that more people know about it.

December 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 6, 2010

I have worked with and donated to Breast Friends for several years. I have been a board member and volunteer. This caring organization reaches out to health care professionals, survivors (female & male), families and friends. They provide support during and after the breast cancer journey. Until there's a cure Breat Friends will be there to help.

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

watching Breast Friends reach out to breast cancer survivors in the women's prison, providing the only emotional and psychological support most of the women receive.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure there was a Breast Friends affliate in every state. At the very least!

More feedback...

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I have supported Breast friends as a volunteer and donor for several years. Their attitude and compassion has prompted my continuing gifts

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Until there's a cure, people need the help and support that Breast Friends offers.

What would you tell others about this organization?

If you want to help survivors, their friends and families, help Breast Friends by volunteering or donating.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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