The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester will be in our Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday. They are a standalone, grassroots not-for-profit serving the Finger Lakes Region of Central and Western New York. The four arms of their organization are: Support, Advocacy, Research, and Education. Their mission is to provide support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy, and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer.
Breast Cancer is a serious health problem in New York. Each year over 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and over 2,600 women die from the disease. Men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer, although they make up less than 1% of those diagnosed. In New York State, about 150 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The Breast Cancer Coalition is inspired to serve as a resource for survivors so that they can navigate their breast cancer journey with the tools and support they need.
The Coalition welcomes survivors from those who are newly diagnosed, to those who count many years as a survivor. If you have heard the words “you have breast cancer,” you are not alone. Contact us at 585-473-8177 or email email@example.com to find the support you need. All programs and services are free.
Their offices are located in Rochester, where they offer supportive networking groups, a Healing Arts program, educational seminars, as well as Breast Cancer 101 and peer mentorship. Since launching their regional outreach project in fall of 2015, they have held six regional breast cancer survivor round tables to learn more about the needs of survivors outside of Monroe County, offered free evening educational seminars on topics ranging from nutrition after breast cancer, to chemotherapy treatment protocols, and launched two Gentle Yoga pilot programs in Western NY, with a third launch planned for fall 2016. They continue to attract regional breast cancer survivors to their mentorship program and training: Peer Advocates Lending Support, or PALS.
The Coalition also funds research within the region. This past spring we awarded two $50,000 grants for research – one went to Roswell Park and the other went to researchers at Cornell University.
Want to get more involved? The Coalition needs and values their volunteers! Volunteers are survivors, family members, friends, organization supporters, colleagues, students of all ages – and passionate advocates!
Interested in staffing a booth at a health fair or festival? How about greeting attendees at an evening educational seminar? Would you like to help us deliver our newsletters? Contact us 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. Have more questions? We have answers! Please call us at 585-473-8177.
Visit the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester at our Community Cause-Way to learn more information about the organization and how you can get involved.