The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester first participated in the festival in the Community Causeway last year, and they are thrilled to come back this year. Staff and volunteers had a great time! The Coalition is looking forward to connecting with even more breast cancer and gynecologic cancer survivors this year. They are very excited to update visitors on their regional programs and activities. Unique to the festival this year, they are piloting a Mindfulness and Meditation program for survivors in Canandaigua for four weeks this summer! Stop by their table to learn more about this.
The group is a standalone, grassroots not-for-profit formed in 1997 that serves the Finger Lakes Region of Central and Western New York. They offer programs for breast cancer survivors and gynecologic cancer survivors. Their survivor community consists of those who are newly diagnosed, and those who count many years as a survivor. They offer supportive programs, peer mentorship, educational seminars, Healing Arts programs, and more. All of their programs and services are free!
The Coalition has helped hundreds of women (and men) who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Their experience and knowledge has led them to create a space where those who have received a diagnosis of breast cancer – or gynecologic cancer – can come for support and education, to learn about issues impacting the survivor community, and to participate in events and advocacy. They want to let all survivors know you are not alone.
The Coalition also funds research within the region. The Coalition’s Research Initiative has awarded more than $700,000 to area researchers since 2003. Most recently, the Coalition awarded a $50,000 breast cancer research grant to Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a $25,000 Pre/Postdoctoral grant to the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University.
Their volunteers are highly valued to the group by bringing education and support to those living in the aftermath of a breast cancer or gynecologic cancer diagnosis. They can’t do their work without their support! Volunteers consist of survivors, family members, friends, organization supporters, and colleagues. We have volunteers of different ages and talents. The group encourages those interested to stop by and ask how they can get involved!
The Coalition would love to talk to survivors and supporters about how they can get involved! Contact them at the festival to request a volunteer application and to learn more. For those interested in volunteering in Monroe County, contact Lori Meath at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those interested in volunteering in counties outside of Monroe, please contact Tracy Brown at email@example.com. For any additional questions call 585-473-8177. The group can’t wait to talk with you at the festival!