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Causes: Breast Cancer, Health, Health Support, Human Services, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: Breast Friends helps women survive the trauma of breast cancer... one friend at a time by creating a network for support and inspiration.

Target demographics: newly diagnosed patients

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 new patients and over 200 continuing patients

Geographic areas served: throughout the U.S.

Programs: one-on-one support, group support, chemo hats, bras, breast prosthesis, and wigs, workshops and retreats to patients. We have services that match the patient's journey from moment of diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was so sure I could get through it without a lot of support. I was SO WRONG. I found myself in this really dark place and scared beyond anything I had ever felt before. I made the call to Breast Friends, and my life changed almost immediately. Sharon and Becky provided the hope necessary to get through my diagnosis and treatment, and then they became family. I found my recovery to be a 2 phased experience. First your doctors heal you physically, and then the emotional healing begins. This is where Breast Friends helped me get back on track to a better life than I had before. When I was going through all the surgery and recovery, a happier life is something I seriously couldn't imagine. It was a long and challenging journey, but when I needed that gentle voice, that ray of hope, that person willing to extend themselves to help, there is none better than Breast Friends. Their entire staff is there to help, and their volunteers are the BEST!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

Breast Friends provides emotional support to women during breast cancer treatment and afterwards. They focus on helping one individual at a time. Amazing women!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Sharon Henifin while undergoing chemotherapy treatment, at Northwest Cancer Specialists. It was so refreshing to meet someone so upbeat and so down to earth. Her positive attitude and happy spirit brightened my Wednesday mornings. The opportunity to share my deepest, most personal thoughts and concerns with someone who had "walked in my shoes", was invaluable to me.
Thank you so much Sharon-you are an angel!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Breast Friends was there when I needed them the most. They provided me with caring peer support, which made my diagnosis and treatments easier. Nothing compared to being able to speak to someone who knew exactly what I was thinking and feeling at that time (emotionally, mentally, and physically). Thanks, Breast Friends! I could not have made it without you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 1/2 years ago. I immediately went online to look for support. I found breast friends and thought it was local to me in NC. Founder Sharon Henifin contacted me and that is when I discovered they were located in Oregon, all the way across the country. However that did not stop Sharon or breast friends from reaching out to me and providing support in my time to of need. Sharon and I talked for hoursand she helped me through some tough times during chemo. I can only imagine what they do for their local folks. We now have a local chapter in raleigh, NC. Breast friends is a wonderful charity and organization that provides services that are priceless. I hope they have the opportunity to continue to do what they do and expand to help women everywhere. Women diagnosed with breast cancer need them like I needed them. Thanks breast friends for lending your hand to hold through very rough waters.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2010. After my initial meeting with the doctors, I was given a handbook that included many contact sites. I called Breast Friends one afternoon looking for advice on how to deal with my specific situation. I received a call back within an hour with honest and open answers to my questions from people who have had experience with the disease. My original contact has helped me and my husband deal with the fears and frustrations that come with the initial shock and has followed my progress. She has responded quickly to any calls/emails and has reached out just to check on my progress. Given the many volunteers in their group who have personal experience with a wide variety of situations, Breast Friends is in a unique position to provide excellent support.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

After being diagnosed with a high grade fast growing breast cancer in March of 2010 at only age 44 - panic and fear were daily emotions until I met a wonderful Breast Friends Melbourne Chapter Founder - Sherry - at my oncologist's office. Sherry is a BC survivor herself and openly shared her insight with me. She literally held my hand each time they had to access my port to give me chemo (I hate needles!). She and the other women of the Breast Friends organization have continued to call, email and check on my recovery. Words can't express my sincere gratitude for the emotional support I have continued to receive! No women should go through this experience alone and Breast Friends ensures that the support is always there when needed.

Review from Guidestar

Lyn K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer at age 30 in April 2009. I received a list of breast cancer support groups to call on my first oncology visit, and Breast Friends had a big star handwritten by it. I called the next day, and Sharon H., one of the founders answered the phone herself. I talked with her for over half an hour and I really felt like she understood. She helped me to feel more in control of the situation, and to remember to take it day by day. I received a box from Breast Friends the following week with various breast cancer items, including a hat to help deal with the upcoming loss of my hair. Over the course of my chemo and surgeries, I became personal friends with Sharon as she visited with me and other patients during my chemotherapy treatments. I have made many friends in the same situation as myself thanks to Breast Friends, and knowing there are people who truly understand and want to support you such as Breast Friends, is invaluable when in the battle and beyond. I absolutely reccommend newly diagnosed and survivors alike to call and connect with them.

Review from Guidestar