Share Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   116 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health, Breast Cancer

Location: 1501 Broadway, Ste 704A New York NY 10036 USA

Mission: SHARE helps people through the cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and post-treatment, offering the unique support of survivors who've been there.
Results: We're helping more people every day locally and nationally with supportive services, continually increasing the number of support groups we offer. We're reaching more states through our helpline and increasing services in underserved communities.
Target demographics: Everyone touched by breast or ovarian cancer, from diagnosis through survivorship, as well as caregivers and loved ones, and everyone seeking information about these diseases.
Geographic areas served: In-person support and educational programs in metropolitan NY area and helplines available nation-wide.
Programs: All of SHARE's programs are free of charge, including toll-free helplines staffed by survivors, support groups, educational programs, and public health initiatives. SHARE provides bilingual patient navigators at two hospitals serving low-income populations, and we send breast and ovarian cancer survivors to speak to corporate employees through our Pink & Teal Seminars program. Our services are provided in English and in Spanish, and our helplines are available in 10 other languages as well.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Share was a blessing for me with the support groups and educational lectures for breast cancer. A tremendous source of updated information about breast cancer.

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I have also attended many educational programs and other activities that they sponsor as support groups. They are a great support to women being treated for breast and ovarian cancer as well as to their families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Share was an invaluable help to me when I had breast cancer and in recovery. The hot line volunteer was so helpful and comforting, the support group exactly what I needed during treatment, and I have greatly appreciated all the auxiliary activities Share sponsored or referred me to (recently a Qi Gong class at St. Vincent's) to ensure my continued health.

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

getting the help I needed when diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and getting the education (on nutrition, yoga and other actitivities to prevent a recurrence) in all the yars since. Their volunteers are compassionate and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

SHARE is an extremely important organization. They provide support & info for people who are dx'ed & dealing w/cancer in their lives. They are there for U at one of the most scary & anxiety-ridden times of your life.

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

addition to the traditional ways of coping w/cancer & treatments, they have provide info on knowledgeable CAM options--these are not readily available elsewhere.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 4 years ago and went through major surgery and chemotherapy. Because of the rarity of the disease, local patients and survivors were few and far between. I went to the Internet and found acor and through them, SHARE. Even at a distance of 3000 miles, thanks to the Internet I have been able to acquire information via SHARE.

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

information gathering.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I found SHARE's services quite helpful when I was getting treated for breast cancer. They always have people available on their hotlines. I have also attended many educational programs and other activities that they sponsor. They are a great support to women being treated for breast and ovarian cancer as well as to their families.

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

the educational programs I have attended.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I attended programs at SHARE throughout my journey with breast cancer, from diagnosis, through various stages of surgery and treatment, to living cancer-free. At each step, SHARE had something to offer that was informative, e.g., latest advancements in treatments, sanity-enhancing, e.g., newly-diagnosed support group and a post-treatment support group, or just fun, e.g., Pilates classes. In my experience, every SHARE activity has been of the highest quality presented by caring, attentive, smart women, most of whom have been where I have.

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

personally benefitting from their services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to SHARE soon after I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. I knew little about the disease & was very frightened at the prospect of surgery and chemotherapy. From the moment I spoke with the hotline director, I began to feel hopeful, as if I did not have to go through cancer alone and could have some control over the direction my life had taken. I joined a support group, attended informational workshops that gave me knowledge and support that empowered me to make treatment decisions and life decisions. My support group continues to meet several times a year & we will celebrate our ninth anniversary of being cancer-free next fall. I continue my connection SHARE as a volunteer on the hotline and in fundraising activities. SHARE operates on a shoe-string budget with a dedicated staff and volunteers. I have worked for non-profit organizations for 40 years and can honestly say that SHARE accomplishes more with less than any other organization I have ever seen.

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My own experience with SHARE includes being a member of a peer support group,attending informational workshops, and participating in advocacy efforts. SHARE gave me information & hope & has utilized my abilities as a volunteer & taught me to help others.

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

The sense of hope and empowerment that I gained as a result of taking part in its programs.

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

Kind, knowledgeable, committed, and fun!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Calling SHARE was the single best thing I did for myself when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. Even though I had a loving family and wonderful friends, I felt terrified and alone in facing this crisis. A good friend urged me to contact SHARE, and I soon found myself in a support group with other recently-diagnosed women who knew what I was going through and how I felt, and with whom I could "share" my greatest fears and darkest thoughts without worrying about their reactions. The group was led by a breast cancer survivor who showed me that I could and would get past this crisis. This group was such a source of information, support, and inspiration for me, that I honestly feel that SHARE saved my life. I went on to become a support group facilitator myself and later a SHARE board member. With the help of a very small, dedicated staff, and a limited budget, SHARE makes it possible for legions of volunteers, most of whom have been through breast or ovarian cancer themselves, to help many others in need. SHARE is one of the few organizations where Hispanic women, women with ovarian cancer, and women with metastatic cancer can find help and support from others just like them. I only wish that SHARE had the resources to expand and extend its services to everyone who needs them.

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

Participating in a support group, facilitating support groups, serving on the board

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

Increase financing so that the organization could serve more people

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

The wonderful staff and volunteers who give their time and effort so generously

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

Inspiring, hard-working, dedicated, caring

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

Expand to serve women with other gynecological cancers, set up satellite organizations in other parts of the country, make their services better known to all who might need them, do more outreach to connect with hard-to-reach populations

Ways to make it better...

My experience was great -- Can't think of anything that would have made it better.

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

Raising the funds needed to maintain and grow its services

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

Organizations that raise money for cancer research are better-funded, but women who are diagnosed with cancer today still need help!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

This extraordinary organization offers services free of charge with a hot line, education programs, peer support groups and patient navigators. SHARE provides comfort and support for those newly diagnosed, in treatment, post treatment and metastatic. SHARE provides evidence based information to women to help them with decision making in their treatments. SHARE also has volunteers who focus on advocacy through legislation and science to be able to inform women on evidence based medicine, and quality care. These advocates also sit on committees and boards in decision making positions on breast and ovarian cancer health care and research funding. SHARE has been in existence for over 30 years. it has a small staff and a dedicated group of volunteers serving over 30,000 women and their families each year

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

my experience as a cancer patient calling the hot line, participating in support groups and attending education program. The kind compassion freely given to me as well as meeting other women with breast cancer was tremendously important to me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

My oncologist told me about SHARE. I was very glad for the support it provided. For me, the yoga sessions at the office were especially helpful for the calmness and inclusiveness as much as the yoga itself. Roberta Shein was a welcoming a presence as anyone could have asked. I also appreciated the few workshops or presentations I was able to attend. The "fireside chats" with Dr. Larry Norton was particularly informative.

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

My life. I've shared materials with others and encouraged others to contact SHARE

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003-1-01

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