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December 14, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 14, 2010

Hearing the diagnosis of "breast cancer" is traumatic, and not everyone has family, friends or co-workers to provide support. The Mission of Breast Friends - "Until there's a cure, helping women survive the trauma of cancer...one friend at a time....." is to make certain every woman does have loving, caring, sincere support during a frightening, stressful, question-filled time.

Breast Friends is a blessing: the organization exudes kindness, joy and the all-important ear to hear the concerns of Survivors. There is so much fear and confusion beginning with diagnosis that many people feel uncertain about everything. Often, the Survivor, or family member, "just" needs to talk, and our "job" is to listen and help them down from the ceiling.

My diagnosis has resulted in wonderful friendships that I am so glad to have in my life; in fact, I feel breast cancer is one of the most positive experiences of my life because of the special Survivors - all ages, backgrounds, interests, etc - I've met. Breast Friends has also provided me an opportunity to volunteer, and help make a positive difference in other women's lives.

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...kindness, understanding, positive energy, smiles, laughter, and a sense that I can contribute to helping others through their journey.

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...like more peple to understand the differences between Komen, which funds research, and Breast Friends, which provides emotional support, and that we have the same goals though our approaches are different. It is vitally important that under-insured women who are diagnosed be given financial hope, an area of which BF is well aware and is an ongoing source of frustration.

December 8, 2010

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December 8, 2010

I volunteer at an ACS Cancer Resource Center in Bend Oregon. The folks at Breast Friends have generously shared the materials and hats from their vast amount of resources with us. It is such a wonderful opportunity to give a woman with breast cancer some very pertinent information, a tip sheet for the caregiver, and the uplifting hat which always puts a smile on the faces of everyone in the infusion room.
Thank you Breast Friends for being there for the women of Central Oregon.

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The results of the Hat/Resources program that I/we share with patients has been very positive. The list of ideas for loved ones and caregivers if very valuable in helping the woman with breast cancer know what to ask other to help her do, as well as giving a very positive role for the caregiver. The hats are delightful and help women see some humor in all the distress around them.

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Clone it!

December 6, 2010

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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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they helped me through some difficult times in my life

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

December 6, 2010

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December 6, 2010

I volunteered for Breast Friends for a year and grew to appreciate what they do more every day. My Step-mom and well a my mom both passed away because of cance, so I have ties to cancer in that regard. So watching their hearts is action was truely touching for me. Becky and Sharon have a heart the size of Texas when it comes to supporting women with cancer. If there arms were big enough, they would encompass them all at once, but until then they will continue to do it one woman at a time.

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watching Becky and Sharons heart.

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Clone Becky and Sharon 12 times over.

December 6, 2010

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December 6, 2010

I was told about Breast Friends from a Dear Friend who has battled and beat breast cancer....I was not sure what to expect or what was expected from me....but I went to help mail out letters and forms.....Who knew that the people and organization was set up to truly help and support people scared and hurting with the news or assumption of having cancer....I never could have imagined the powerful stories of fighting cancer and Winning....Very Inspirational...and I had fun...

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I have experienced the conversations with clients.

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add more locations

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