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

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Breast Cancer, Counseling, Health, Health (General & Financing), Health Support, Mental Health

Mission: SHARE's mission is to create and sustain a supportive community of women affected by breast or ovarian cancer and to provide the information and peer support they need to make informed medical decisions. We reach underserved communities and the general public with information about the symptoms, risks, screening and treatments for these cancers, with the goal of educating and empowering women to become their own health advocates.

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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 32,000 people

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 19 other languages as well.

Community Stories

143 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Chiara3

Client Served

Rating: 5

SHARE Cancer Support is the first place I called to ask for resources and help - I received phone help from a very attentive, informative woman and that made me feel connected and not crazy or alone. Once I started attending their in -person support groups, I felt much more connected. I enjoy the community at SHARE and how accessible the volunteers and staff are - I've reached out several times for help and advise or even a direction to go in and they've listened and offered resources.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a 47 years old busy mom who was supposedly healthy. When my doctor confirmed that I had breast caner, I was shocked because I didn't have cancer in my family. I didn't know that many women had been diagnosed with breast cancer even though they had no family history of cancer. After accepting the fact that I needed to get treatment, I was extremely frustrated going through the process of deciding what procedures to choose and which doctors to go to. I finally had my lumpectomy in September of 2016 after four months of anger, guilt, despair, and nagging from my family. After my doctor said my scar was healing nicely, I still felt very broken, with many worries keeping me up at night. Luckily I picked up the SHARE pamphlet from the doctor's office. I'm grateful that there's a SHARE group in Queens, which is not too far from my home. Every month I try my best to attend the meeting. Gwen and the rest of the ladies are wonderful and I learn a great deal from them. I wish I knew about SHARE when my doctor first told me that my mammogram was abnormal. I would not have to feel so alone. My hope is that more people will know about SHARE.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My name is Ntombikayise Mkuyana, you can call me Ntombi. I'm 40 years old now. I diagonise breast cancer on June 2015. It was not easy when I found that. I felt lump on my left breast and I went to GP. My GP told me this lump is not show a cancerious. Bt He referred to altrasound and result show that is just a lump but it will prove by BIOPSIE. He referred me SURGICAL DOCTOR to do BIOPSIE. After a week I went Surgical Doctor for results. Doctor Lubega(Surgical Doctor) told me that I've got a breast cancer............Waaaaaaaaaaawuuuuuu.........Remember that I don't know anything about Cancer. Only thing I know about cancer is If you have cancer, you are going to die. That time I was 37 years old and 4 years old Son. I asked Dr, what is the next step. He told me He is going to REMOVE MY BREAST

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was first diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer I was stunned, deeply depressed and in a total panic. I felt my life was over. At my lowest point, I reached out to SHARE several times, and each time the wonderful volunteers listened and help keep me from spinning out of control. SHARE found a peer with a similar clinical profile who was living a full, productive life many years into the disease. It gave me hope. One of the volunteers even followed up on my latest test results by emailing me. They make a personal connection that was a lifeline to me. I am sure I will call again. I do not live close enough to attend group sessions, but am looking forward to joining the telephone support groups.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SHARE is an amazing support group for those of us dealing with breast and/or ovarian cancer. When I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2011 I attended a group that was inbelievably supportive and helpful. I learned more from the women in this group than I did from any of my doctors ( a sad but true fact) which helped me enormously. Five years later I have become a breast "helpline" volunteer so that I can give back some of which was given to me. I speak with women around the country, many of whom have no where to turn to, who are ever so grateful to have a group like SHARE. And, as a volunteer, I never cease to be amazed at how much information on so many varied aspects of cancer support SHARE has gathered and continues to update, from moral support to financial aid assistance to seminars and webinars on a variety of subjects that impact women with cancer. At every turn SHARE seems to be expanding its outreach to be able to help more and more women. Kudos to SHARE!

claire55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Share although I do not have the dubious honour of being "a survivor" so do not "work" the "help line". Even so I still witness the hard work and dedication these women do to help empower, encourage, and inform others who are dealing with this insidious disease and their families. Women helping Women for 40 years!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been working with SHARE for several years and have never met a more dedicated staff or group of volunteers. Through their presence in New York City and their national reach through their website activities and helpline SHARE has reached thousands of women and their families and caregivers in their 40 years of operation facing breast and ovarian cancer. It is a very unique peer to peer grass roots non profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a volunteer with SHARE. I am a breast cancer survivor of 8 years and appreciate that I can help others answering our telephone support hotline. SHARE has a wonderful database of services available to our callers for their local area and we are constantly updating our database. We also offer webinars, in-person support groups in our NY office and telephone support groups forMetastatic Breast Cancer , Breast Reconstruction, Lymphedema and more. Please call us at 844 275 7427 - we would love to speak with you.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am still associated with SHARE twenty-five years after calling its Hotline upon a breast cancer diagnosis and have had the opportunity to watch the organization grow with the changing landscapes of breast and ovarian cancer. During this time I was a 'client', a volunteer in many capacities, including running support groups and training other organizations to use the peer support model , a Hotline staff person, and for quite a number of years now am part of the Board of Directors. I never 'left' as I have great respect for the work that SHARE is doing and enjoy being part of the challenge that the organization has faced as it continues to expand its services to more people and in more meaningful forms.
I have worked with other non profits and find that SHARE is unique in the way it reaches out to people and continues to accommodate the needs of its participants and the communities it serves. And with awe, have watched how it has been instrumental in empowering people who deal with these cancers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found SHARE when I called their Hotline, the day I was told that I had a tumor, twenty years ago. Since then I have used their services and volunteered in almost every capacity. Althugh SHARE has expanded in all its services it has maintained its ability to help individuals one by one. I am still in awe of the work of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2007. I attended a support group that I was not happy with. A year or two later I met someone who was a volunteer for Share. She gave me the information to attend the Harlem Share Support Group. Once there I knew I would look no further. I also became a Share Ambassador. Share is Caring, Share is Love, Share is Home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I m a Breast Cancer Victor who is recently celebrating My 11 year cancersavery. I very grateful to Share being the first support group that i engaged with when i was first diagonsed with my cancer. I 'm truly thank and blessed for my life as a survivor and thank that Share gave me a strong and supportive organization that i could turn to and seek knowledge and information about my disease. They are dedicated and very helpful for any one going thru the experience as they concerning and truly wonderful source to provide an individual their families and caregivers a place to turn too when you're dealing with a crisis . Their support given is one that i'm gratefully for having and knowing and they also are a group that it doesn't end it continuing long after for as much as you need. I just want to say congratulations on 40 years, HAPPY 40th Anniversary to Share i 'm so happy to have you to turn to when i need a place the turn.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On my first day after getting home from the hospital, a neighbor mentioned that her boss went to a support group called SHARE. I called the SHARE Helpline the same day I learned about it and was told about a support group. I went once and felt so good to be in the company of these SHARE women that I kept going. It turned out that my support group experience was phenomenal. The first day I went I had no idea what it was going to to be about. Marjorie, the support group facilitator, offered to go with me to my first chemo appointment when she realized I was single. I couldn't believe she made that offer, it empowered me to take care of myself. I couldn't believe she would be so selfless.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was through a routine mammogram that my early stage breast cancer was detected.
My onocologist recommended SHARE to me. Through SHARE I met a survivor who was instrumental in helping me cope and endure the challeges ahead, talking over the concerns and making everything seem normal and manageable. After my recovery I hosted a designer talk (I am a fashion and accessories designer ) at the New York SHARE office and demonstrated scarf styling tricks I used through my treatment that made me feel put together, comfortable and beautiful. I am so thankful for SHARE staff and community, very empowering!

1 Bonnie103

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SHARE Cancer Support spreads the message of support and community for women facing breast and ovarian cancers. They provide women with tools to empower women in their journeys. They provide support, encouragement and knowledge to help them navigate through their diagnoses. AND , all services are free !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I benefitted so much from SHARE's support group meetings that I joined them as a Helpline Volunteer, a Peer Volunteer, and a facilitator of their Young Women with Breast Cancer group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SHARE is an amazing organization and strong support network for women. Top-notch educational programs, too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer at SHARE, and I have been moved and amazed by every day I've been there. I have witnessed many a call and in-person visits where women struggling with breast or ovarian called the Helpline scared out of their wits and yearning to talk with somebody who has been there--for empathy, compassion, sound suggestions, concrete information, etc. One woman was so profoundly grateful that she hugged the Helpline Director tightly, and she said SHARE saved her life! My mother died of ovarian cancer, and I wish she would have known about this vital organization. They throw out lifelines every day, and I'm so proud to volunteer there. Kudos to SHARE!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only am I a breast cancer patient who attends the many support groups, lectures, phone-in support groups, and Webinars that SHARE offers, I am also a volunteer! After my very first time attending the ongoing breast cancer support group, I thought, "SHARE would be such a wonderful place to volunteer!" I work as a Helpline volunteer which is the most rewarding volunteer job I have and I also help as an admin. I love SHARE because it has top-notch support groups led by people who have actually gone through breast or ovarian cancer and are survivors. It is such a warm and inviting environment and I always feel comfortable sharing what I am going through in the group. Kudos to a fantastic organization! Keep up the great work, SHARE!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even having worked at SHARE for a short amount of time, I can see that this organization is not only helpful, but essential to getting women through the daunting process that they face as they power through these cancers. SHARE spreads hope to patients, loved ones, and supporters, all the while educating and empowering the community. To put it simply, SHARE fearlessly saves lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Breast and ovarian cancer support has always been a cause close to my heart after losing both my mother and my grandmother to these diseases. When I found myself in New York with time to spare I started volunteering at SHARE and I was pleased to discover what a fantastic charity this is. The various SHARE support programs and the helpline are invaluable for women who have been diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer. It really makes a difference for women to speak to others who have actually "been there".