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  

Thank goodness a friend told me about SHARE when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer! I called SHARE's helpline and signed up for a support group for newly diagnosed women like myself who were all in shock and terrified of dying. The group made it possible for me to go through treatment with hope and the knowledge that others who really understood what I was going through were there to give me strength and help me get through this. Since then, I've had the honor to become a member of SHARE's Board of Directors (and Board President for a time), and I've seen first-hand how much good SHARE does with its limited resources. They provide information, support, education, and advocacy for diverse women with breast, ovarian, or metastatic cancer, and their friends, family, and caregivers, all provided by survivor volunteers and a small, incredibly dedicated staff. Every penny in SHARE's budget goes a long way in helping SHARE see to that no one has to face these cancers alone.

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I called SHARE when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. My mother had had cancer, and now it was my turn. I used the Hotline, then joined a support group. I went to a meditation group. They held my hand and got me through. I then became a volunteer, ran support groups, and finally joined the Board. I have nothing but good things to say. SHARE is there for people.

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

I have used the support services, attendede educational meetings and used the Hotline. I have only good things to say

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

They are there when it counts

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

all dedicated to the organizations goals and open to help

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

serve more people, provide real support to underserved,increase hotline services, provide more educational services

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

It doesn't matter your educational level or how in control you think you are, when you hear the doctor say "cancer" your world seems to stop. The isolation and fear can be overwhelming for the patient as well as the family. What could be more comforting than to have someone say "I understand, I've been through it"---that is what SHARE is all about. There are many organization that focus on research and finding a cure but for the people going through it right now there is SHARE.

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

The support is amazing; the generosity of these women to help others is a blessing.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988, before people spoke about it. I wanted to make sure that no one else faced it panic-stricken and alone so I talked about breast cancer all the time. When friends were diagnosed, I was usually one of the early calls. I knew SHARE was exceptionally effective when the go-it-alone professional women with whom I worked stayed in the support groups that they had agreed to attend only once. One friend's group continued to meet independently for many years after they had completed the program at SHARE. Now I speak in SHARE's new corporate seminar program on breast and ovarian cancer. You can see that the survivors are reaching participants with our stories and that they are thinking about the reality of these diseases differently, I hope in a way that will change how they manage the health of their whole family. The program is frequently invited to return, which shows that the companies also consider the initiative effective. With a corps of dedicated staff and volunteers, SHARE has an amazing impact for a relatively small organization.

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

using the hotline during my second breast cancer, having my independent friends continue with support groups despite their initial resistance, and seeing the impact of the corporate outreach effort on employees of all ages

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

increase the budget!

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

the sense that SHARE is making a difference in the life of frightened women and their families.

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

a really diverse group, whose common feature is an impressive dedication to SHARE's mission.

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

reach even more women by staffing up and publicizing the broad range of free services available.

Ways to make it better...

I can see that some things could be done quicker, more thoroughly or at all if the organization had more staff.

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

the infinite amount of work that the staff and volunteers could attack.

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

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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