Each month, PharPoint hand-selects a charity to support through fund-raising and awareness building to aid in research and/or resource development. Known as our Working Together for Change campaign, this company-wide initiative is dedicated to aiding those in need and serving the community. PharPoint has decided to feature Living Beyond Breast Cancer as October’s selected charity for the Working Together for Change campaign.
About Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) is a non-profit organization designed to provide programs and services to help people whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. LBBC was founded in 1991 by Marisa C. Weiss, MD, a radiation oncologist, as a way to offer resources and support for patients who had completed treatment for early-stage breast cancer. To address this, Weiss held a conference with the goal of providing a safe space where women could gain accurate and easy to understand breast cancer information from medical experts, while finding and connecting with each other. The organization began to hold two annual conferences in the years to follow, and initiated a quarterly educational newsletter. The breast cancer helpline was later established to provide peer support services from volunteers with a personal history of breast cancer. These services were designed to empower those affected by breast cancer, to make sense of their “new normal,” and provide a place to interact with others sharing in their experience. Today, LBBC’s annual budget has grown to more than $5 million with a dedicated staff and engaged board of directors to allow LBBC to reach people around the country.
LBBC calls on volunteers, including some of the foremost healthcare professionals in the United States, to provide wisdom and experience to help those affected by breast cancer with medical, emotional and practical concerns. A variety of programs and services are offered for people with all stages of breast cancer, such as:
- Social media
- Breast cancer helpline
- National conferences
- Community meetings
- Panel discussions
- Special projects
Interested in contributing to LBBC to help support their programs? There are a variety of opportunities to best suit your time and resources:
- Share your story: There is power in sharing your experience especially for those facing a new experience or who may feel alone and LBBC features many different voices of breast cancer
on their blog. You may write your own story or work with an LBBC staff member to develop your narrative.
- Volunteer: LBBC has many different volunteer opportunities available, from office assistance and distributing materials in your community, to serving as peer support on the Breast Cancer helpline.
- Give Back: LBBC fulfills its mission through the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Every donation makes a difference and helps to continue support, education, and advocacy efforts.
Have you or someone you know found support through LBBC? Please share your experience in the comments below.