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  

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.

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.

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

Find a way for them to reach even more people.

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

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Breast Friends is an amazing resource for women facing a cancer diagnosis. They offer support, friendship, resources, and hope to women everywhere. Breast Friends works directly with patients within two of our clinics at Northwest Cancer Specialists. We provide their resources to our patients. Becky is a phenomenal speaker and is quite inspirational to women all over the United States. Breast Friends and Northwest Cancer Specialists work collaboratively together to enrich the lives of women everywhere. I manage a practice within Northwest Cancer Specialists and sit on the Breast Friends Board. It is an absolute honor to work with this group of people ! Our patients benefit on many levels from their work! Charmaine Houriet

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

Interactions within my clinic with our patients.

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

Replicate Becky and Sharon.

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