Breast Friends

Rating: 4.96 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services, Breast Cancer

Location: 14050 SW Pacific Hwy #201 #301 Tigard OR 97224 USA

Mission: Breast Friends helps women survive the trauma of breast cancer... one friend at a time by creating a network for support and inspiration.
Target demographics: newly diagnosed patients
Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 new patients and over 200 continuing patients
Geographic areas served: throughout the U.S.
Programs: one-on-one support, group support, chemo hats, bras, breast prosthesis, and wigs, workshops and retreats to patients. We have services that match the patient's journey from moment of diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was so sure I could get through it without a lot of support. I was SO WRONG. I found myself in this really dark place and scared beyond anything I had ever felt before. I made the call to Breast Friends, and my life changed almost immediately. Sharon and Becky provided the hope necessary to get through my diagnosis and treatment, and then they became family. I found my recovery to be a 2 phased experience. First your doctors heal you physically, and then the emotional healing begins. This is where Breast Friends helped me get back on track to a better life than I had before. When I was going through all the surgery and recovery, a happier life is something I seriously couldn't imagine. It was a long and challenging journey, but when I needed that gentle voice, that ray of hope, that person willing to extend themselves to help, there is none better than Breast Friends. Their entire staff is there to help, and their volunteers are the BEST!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Breast Friends provides emotional support to women during breast cancer treatment and afterwards. They focus on helping one individual at a time. Amazing women!

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I didn't want to go through traditional counseling as all the counselors wanted me to radically change my life. Breast Friends sent a volunteer to sit with me during my chemo treatments and tell me stories--hers and others. I didn't talk, didn't want to talk, so she did. Extremely rewarding to know that I was not alone in what I was feeling/going through.

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

Focus less on fund raising events, and more on helping women. But you need more money for this.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I met Sharon Henifin while undergoing chemotherapy treatment, at Northwest Cancer Specialists. It was so refreshing to meet someone so upbeat and so down to earth. Her positive attitude and happy spirit brightened my Wednesday mornings. The opportunity to share my deepest, most personal thoughts and concerns with someone who had "walked in my shoes", was invaluable to me.
Thank you so much Sharon-you are an angel!

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

the time spent visiting with Sharon

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

I don't think I've had enough experience to know what changes to make.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Breast Friends was there when I needed them the most. They provided me with caring peer support, which made my diagnosis and treatments easier. Nothing compared to being able to speak to someone who knew exactly what I was thinking and feeling at that time (emotionally, mentally, and physically). Thanks, Breast Friends! I could not have made it without you.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization. Through their peer support, I was able to maintain a positive outlook throughout my diagnosis and treatment plan.

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

I would not chane a thing about Breast Friends. Becky and Sharon, fellow breast cancer survivors, care about other survivors. It shows through their continued support of other survivors, counseling, and literature(brochures and DVDs).

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 1/2 years ago. I immediately went online to look for support. I found breast friends and thought it was local to me in NC. Founder Sharon Henifin contacted me and that is when I discovered they were located in Oregon, all the way across the country. However that did not stop Sharon or breast friends from reaching out to me and providing support in my time to of need. Sharon and I talked for hoursand she helped me through some tough times during chemo. I can only imagine what they do for their local folks. We now have a local chapter in raleigh, NC. Breast friends is a wonderful charity and organization that provides services that are priceless. I hope they have the opportunity to continue to do what they do and expand to help women everywhere. Women diagnosed with breast cancer need them like I needed them. Thanks breast friends for lending your hand to hold through very rough waters.

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I experience the results of this organization everyday of my life. I am better, stronger and here because I had them to turn to. Medicine may physically help you through cancer, but it is organizations like breast friends that help you mentally and emotionally heal from cancer and cancer treatment.

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

Expand it to have a chapter in every state and city possible, and clone Sharon Henifin, founder.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

Add more locations and support groups.

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

 
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