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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

148 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was first diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 1995, SHARE put me in touch with a survivor. At that time, I didn't know that women could survive this deadly disease. She gave me hope and support in those first trying months. Now fifteen years later, I do the same for others who call the Hotline.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 and knew absolutely no one with the disease. By attending support groups at SHARE, I found so many women I could really talk to. The sense of community then and now is amazing. The level-headed information presented by speakers, by peer counselors and by patients, has helped all along the way. SHARE makes it possible for people to volunteer using their talents. I love this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Share has been an amazing experience for me. Wonderful with warm caring women, provides current information and I am able to reach out and help.I am volunteer on hotline and occasionally volunteer on other outreach projects and advocacy

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I have been familiar with the work of SHARE for many years. I know how many women the organization has helped. Many have said to me that SHARE saved their lives. My work with the organization was extremely satisfying and I continue to refer women to the organization whenever I meet someone who is going through breast or ovarian cancer or who has suspicious symptoms. There is nothing like peer support and having someone who understands what you are going through walking beside you.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearing women say "SHARE is saving my life" became a cliche, so often did I hear women, and some husbands, express their response to the support they were receiving from SHARE's many programs. As a long time breast cancer survivor and social worker, I experienced SHARE both as a recipient of its multiple services and as a volunteer able to evaluate its effectiveness. I found SHARE's educational programs invaluable, from quality of life self-care issues to cutting edge research presentations. Looking back, what stays with me most is the rich sense of community and emotional support I felt being with other women who struggled with the same things I had, and how vital I felt SHARE to be to my sense of well-being.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a breast cancer survivor myself I have found it very meaningful to talk with women who are going through the trauma of a breast cancer diagnosis. When I am able to be helpful it is very gratifying. I have found that Share has played a big role in the lives of countless callers who have found a lifeline in finding someone from the hotline or among our peers who they feel can understand what they are going through. The fact that Share offers support groups and educational programs at no cost is also gratifying to our members. I have found that my volunteer work on the hotline has been both meaningful and gratifying.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After a year or so of receiving their help, I became involved with SHARE's lobby program up in Albany, NY and in Washington DC. It was not just rewarding, but empowering to belong to SHARE! I was very happy to be able to give back for the sake of any who follow because I'd been helped. I don't currently volunteer, but it's an organization, a group of people I keep very close to my heart.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SHARE is a critical, invaluable resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer. The hotline allows you to call and be matched with someone who can help you through a scary, confusing time. The support groups are well-facilitated. The advice is current and thoughtful, and the information is reliable. Additionally, SHARE runs and connects you to programs and seminars discussing the latest research and findings. I recommend SHARE to anyone dealing with Breast or Ovarian Cancer, whether for themselves or ones they care about.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Share Self-help to be a gusher (as opposed to fountain) of compassionate caring and crucial support during our time of need. We went to a variety of fascinating didactic educational programs; and one we found a speaker who we would eventually reach out to from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who would eventually be her attending physician. We also had a chance to interact and benefit from their extraordinary executive director on various occasions. I unequivocally recommend this wonderful support organization to breast and ovarian cancer fighters and their caregivers and support system.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed at age 42 with breast cancer in 2001. I didn't know who to turn to to get support or information until a friend told me about SHARE. Through their support group meetings and informational meetings about a variety of subjects, I got through the breast cancer treatment, a reaction to the post treatment medications and then a double prophetic mastectomy and the decision as to which type of reconstruction I should get. There was one informational meeting that I think saved my life: lymphedema. I was taught at that meeting that if I get a fever and redness in my affected arm, to go to the ER right away because it could be cellulites. Turns out, that's exactly what happened and if I had not known how serious it was, I would not have gone to the ER. I was told at the ER that I could have died from that infection (which turned out to be from a simple mosquito bite on my affected arm). None of my doctors told me about the dangers of lymphedema, but Share did. So I want to give a big THANK YOU to Share. Sincerely, Jen Serpenti

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization to advocate for breast cancer research, better treatment of minorities, lobby for more funding and disseminate up to date information on the state of the art of caring for breast cancer and ovarian cancer patients

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Share is a wonderful grass-roots organization that keeps evolving to address the needs of women with breast and ovarian cancer. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to make a decision about my treatment, I called the hot line and talked to someone who helped me brainstorm. Later, when I was considering whether to have reconstruction after a bilateral mastectomy, I called the hot line and was paired with a peer match: a woman who had had a mastectomy without reconstruction who talked to me frankly about what it felt like, how she dressed, whether she had regrets. I was so moved by the help I got from Share that I now volunteer on the hot line myself!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1997 and had a recurrence in 2000. It was at that time that I new I wanted to volunteer at an organization that helped women cope with ovarian cancer. I trained as a hotline volunteer my first year and have spoken to hundreds of women calling with questions or fears regarding ovarian cancer. Thru this wonderful organization I have met hundreds of women who have been my strength and support as an ovarian cancer survivor and after 2003 a breat breast cancer survivor also.I hope every breast and/or ovarian cancer survivor knows of there services.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a triple negative breast cancer survivor with 8 1/2 years as a survivor. Excellent information is provided to anyone regardless of where you live. Greatr resource and outstanding services.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.