Breast Cancer Advocacy/Community
Note: The following directory of online government/nonprofit and commercial websites is provided merely as a reference to Imaginis.com users. Imaginis does not endorse and takes no responsibility whatsoever for the information found on the following websites.
Avon Breast Cancer Crusade (http://www.avoncrusade.com/) was founded in 1993 to provide women, particularly those who are medically underserved, with direct access to breast cancer education and early detection screening services: mammograms and clinical breast exams. The Crusade raises funds to accomplish this mission through the sale of special Crusade fundraising (pink ribbon) products by Avon's nearly 500,000 Independent Sales Representatives, and through a series of three-day, sixty-mile fundraising walks, known as the AVON Breast Cancer 3-Days.
The Breast Cancer Site (http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/) was founded to help offer free mammograms to underprivileged women across the United States. Screening mammograms help detect breast cancer in its earliest stages when the chances for survival are the greatest. With a simple, daily "click" at The Breast Cancer Site, users help provide mammograms to those in need. The Breast Cancer Site was founded on October 23, 2000 by GreaterGood.com. Proceeds benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Breast Cancer Connections (http://www.bcconnections.org/) is a website hosted by the Stanford Medical Center and sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The mission of the Community Breast Health Project is to improve the lives of people touched by breast cancer by acting as a clearinghouse for information and support, providing volunteer opportunities for breast cancer survivors and friends dedicated to helping others with the disease, and serving as an educational resource and a community center for all who are concerned about breast cancer and breast health
Breast Health Access for Women with Disabilities (BHAWD; http://www.bhawd.org/) was founded in 1995 as part of the Rehabilitation Services of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, California. The program was inspired by Judi Rogers, a breast cancer survivor with cerebral palsy whose own breast cancer diagnosis was delayed because she was unable to perform breast self-exams due to limited motor skills. Judi's involuntary spasms also interfered with mammography. BHAWD offers women with disabilities an accessible clinic for clinical breast exams and mammography, instruction for patients who have the necessary motor skills to perform breast self-exams, and education to patients and professionals who treat disabled patients. The BHAWD website provides news and information about the organization, including information about how support groups can arrange to have a BHAWD staff member speak at a function.
The Breast Health Institute (http://www.breasthealthinstitute.org/) is a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whose mission is to raise money for education, clinical research and breast cancer screening programs for medically under-served populations. The organization's Mammocare program provides free mammograms to women who are unable to afford them. The Breast Health Institute also sponsors a number of activities to increase breast cancer awareness, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Philadelphia. Additional information about the organization, including how to become involved or make a donation, is available on their website.
HER2 Support Group (http://her2support.org/) is a non-profit group supported entirely by volunteers. Its web site provides a meeting place for the newly diagnosed and long-term survivor alike to pose questions about HER2-positive breast cancer, find clinical trials, become involved in community events, and much more. HER-2 positive breast cancer affects about 20% of breast cancer patients; it occurs when the tumor contains extra copies of the HER2 gene. It has been associated with more aggressive cancers.
The Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP; http://louisville.edu/org/kycancerprogram/) provides communities and health care professionals across the state with a multi-focused cancer control program through its three divisions: Community Outreach Programs, The Cancer Information Service and The Kentucky Cancer Registry. Click on "Programs," then click on Kentucky Cancer Program to access information on the cancer control program.
Men Against Breast Cancer (http://www.menagainstbreastcancer.org/) is a non-profit organization specifically designed to mobilize and support men as active participants in the fight against breast cancer. MABC leverages this unique approach to generate incremental funding and support toward our goal of eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. The website provides additional information on the MABC organization, including how to become a member.
Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer (http://www.mothersdaughters.org/) provides free resources and one-on-one support to anyone, anywhere in the world affected by breast cancer. An Imaginis.net visitor recommended this site.
National Action Plan on Breast Cancer (NAPBC; http://www.4woman.gov/napbc/) was established in 1994 by President Clinton to help coordinate actions between government and non-government organizations in the fight against breast cancer. The NAPBC website provides information on the NAPBC organization and working groups, breast cancer clinical trials, and selected Internet resources on breast cancer.
The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC; http://www.natlbcc.org/) is a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer. The NBCC website provides information on the organization's history, goals and accomplishments, legislative agenda and political campaign, current programs (including Project LEAD and the Clinical Trials Project), and the NBCC membership process.
Race for the Cure (http://www.raceforthecure.com/), sponsored by The Susan G. Komen Foundation, organizes 5K runs to help support national breast cancer research efforts and local breast cancer initiatives. The Race for the Cure series has become the largest series of 5K runs in the nation, held in 99 cities across the United States in 1999. The Race for the Cure website provides users with dates, cities, and contact information for upcoming races. A majority of the proceeds fund community programs related to breast health education, screening and treatment, and are based on specific area needs determined by local Komen Foundation representatives. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds fund national breast cancer research and project grants.
Updated: February 11, 2009