I first became involved with Breast Cancer Options five years ago as a volunteer and am now currently serving on their board. The organization has experienced cuts in funding this year and is struggling but continues to provide the services it has in the past. We sponsor a camp in the summer for children whose parent has breast cancer; acupuncture treatments; peer support groups; advocacy and information about breast cancer and treatment. The organization serves Ulster, Columbia, Orange, Dutchess and Green counties in New York State.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and at that time, I was unaware of Breast Cancer Options. When I did learn of BCO, I wanted to give back and so I became a volunteer. Based on all I know about the organization now, I wish I had been aware of their services. I certainly could have used the advice and support the organization provides to the community and individual people. Even after diagnosis and treatment, I have received invaluable advice from Hope Nimeroff which has included doctor referrals, lastest treatment trends and other complimentary treatments. This organization is such an asset to the resident's of our area.
The reason that I an proud to serve on BCO's Advisory Board is that I have known the organization and its work for many years. BCO provides comprehensive services and is very hands on -- they educate, advocate, and most importantly, personally assist anyone with a diagnosis of breast cancer day or night, twenty four seven. I have volunteered at their annual Breast Cancer Options Conference and been very impressed with the caliber of workshops, topics, and speakers they are able to attract. They offer support groups throughout the Hudson Valley and make presentations on any number of valuable topics anytime/anywhere when asked. They do their research and share it through one of the largest educational websites about breast cancer on the web. They also publish an amazing resource book and an annual calendar that are chock full of information. On a personal level, I have referred more newly diagnosed, terrified people than one would wish they would have to in the last twelve years to BCO. To a one they have come back to me with nothing but praise and a much more secure and hopeful outlook. BCO is an organization that has to be experienced to be believed.