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Causes: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Research, Health, Health (General & Financing)

Mission: Our mission is to empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.

Results: 1,200+ attendees annually to our conferences 8,000 listeners to our teleconferences 600+ callers to our Survivors' Helpline 110,000 unique visitors to lbbc.org 70,000 educational brochures distributed

Target demographics: We assist women at all stages of diagnosis, treatment and recovery with information, connection and support. LBBC's programs address medical, psychosocial, emotional, legal and financial concerns. In addition to our extensive resources for all women affected by breast cancer, we offer special programs for women who are newly diagnosed; women with metastatic breast cancer; African-American and Latina women; young women; and women at high risk for developing breast cancer.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 43,000

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: National conferences - national events providing information in large sessions and interactive workshops led by breast cancer experts to help women and caregivers make informed decisions. Webinars - monthly education seminars, accessible by phone or online, highlighting specific topics related to breast cancer. Community meetings - small, regional gatherings bringing experts, women and families together for information and interaction on subjects of interest.

young women's initiative - living beyond breast cancer's young women's initiative provides education and support programs tailored to the unique needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45. The initiative, which began in november 2011, is funded by a five year cooperative agreement with centers for disease control and prevention. To date, we have expanded web content for young women, trained 29 young women to be cancer advocates within their communities, developed five online videos about health topics relevant to young women, held four webinars for healthcare providers, and trained 22 young women to serve on our breast cancer helpline.

publications:"guides to understanding breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer series" - booklets addressing needs of the just diagnosed, in treatment, years beyond diagnosis or living with metastatic disease. "insight" - quarterly newsletter containing profiles of women affected by breast cancer and articles on important medical and quality of life topics.

other program services include lbbc. Org, breast cancer helpline and outreach programs.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

Living Beyond Breast Cancer has given me the Support Group that I desperately needed. They have supplied me with information that I would not have gotten any where else. I am improved and informed by their choice of on-line speakers and publications. GREAT JOB LBBC!!


Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough stars to rate this organization. I am 3rd generation woman affected by cancer. Both my mom and my sister have passed. Because of the impact this disease has had on my family I have decided to fight it with all I have. Because of that I am more than a survivor; and I will live and thrive inspite of it. LBBC is responsible for helping me stay informed, positive, and connected. And I dont even live in PA! Your teleconferences are great, and I can listen to them again and again. Your annual conferences in Philly are the best. I'm still living and feeding off the last one! Thank you, thank you for all that you do!


Client Served

Rating: 5

LBBC has been the most helpful educational program I have found in the 11 years of fighting cancer. It keeps me in the real world of the living while being up to date factual about my medical condition. It allows me to choose the specific aspects of the disease that I am dealing with at the moment and empowers me with the knowledge that I need without overwhelming me.It is truly a great backup to my medical treatment,and I recommend the program to all friends who face the terrifying CA diagnosis.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed in 1991. Later I found LBBC. It is the ONLY cancer charity I have ever donated to. This is because it has, without question, helped me more than any other cancer charity I am aware of.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed in the fall of '01, turned to LBBC first, and felt like I had found my guardian angels. Eight years later LBBC is still my main resource for education, information and support. The LBBC staff is incredibly caring, compassionate, and helpful. Their approach to women is so personal...you feel as if you're their only client, and as if your issues and concerns are the most important ones. How they do this is a mystery to me, given the size of this organization! All of LBBC's events and materials are framed hopefully and positively (e.g., annual conferences, Helpline, teleconferences,and publications). They are incredibly attuned to a philosophy of hope. (At one of the early conferences I attended, one of the speakers posted a chart with outcomes in percentages attached to specific diagnoses...not my idea of positive and hopeful. When I gave my feedback about this to the staff, they had already noted this and were already planning to give feedback to the speaker.) Whenever I felt most hopeless I just reached out to LBBC and left feeling like I could conquer this disease, or at least be around for a lot longer than I was fearing. Their Helpline volunteers and staff helped me sort through decisions about surgeries and treatments, and did this with incredible empathy, honesty and compassion. I obviously can't say enough about LBBC. I was lucky to know about them at the time of my diagnosis, and it's been my great fortune to have them in my life ever since.