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There are many fine grassroots breast cancer organizations on Long Island dedicated to addressing the concerns of women (and men) who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These organizations focus on offering support, education, advocacy and a host of different services.
Babylon B.C. Coalition 631-893-4110 www.babylonbreastcancer.org
Brentwood/Bay Shore B.C. Coalition 631-273-9252 www.bbbcc.org
Great Neck B.C. Coalition 516-829-1139 www.greatneckbcc.org
Islip B.C. Coalition 631-968-7424 www.islipbreast.com
Long Beach B.C. Coalition 516-897-1344 www.longbeachbcc.com
Manhasset Breast Cancer Coalition 516-365-4054 http://www.manhassetbreastcancer.org/
North Fork Coalition 631-208-8889 www.northforkbreasthealth.org
North Shore Neighbors Breast Cancer Coalition 631-255-2401 http://northshoreneighbors.org
West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition for L.I., Inc. 631-669-7770 www.wibcc.org
Young Survivors Network 516-353-4561The American Cancer Society offers dozens of programs and services, covering a broad spectrum of education, support, advocacy and more. A partial list is shown below. To view a complete list of services or to find a particular service located near you, log onto the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org or call them at 1-800-227-2345.
The Long Island Cancer Help & Wellness Center, a project of Breast Cancer Help Inc. The Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center, located at 32 Park Avenue, Bay Shore, sponsors ongoing programs to provide cancer patients and survivors with the assistance they need to overcome cancer through complementary integrative modalities that meet their psychosocial needs. The Center has established one of New York's most active cancer support and wellness programs, including monthly support group, art therapy, massage therapy, and yoga. For a complete list of services contact them at 631-675-9003 or log onto breastcancerhelpinc.org.
1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition, based at Hewlett House, is a grassroots advocacy organization providing resources, education, support and hope through dedicated volunteers who are working to keep the concerns about the breast cancer epidemic in the forefront. They are committed to promoting action towards finding causes and cures, with the eradication of breast cancer as their ultimate mission. To find out more, call 1 in 9 at 516-374-3190 or log onto 1in9.org.
Casting For Recovery, a national non-profit, provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly fishing. Just as importantly, their retreats offer an opportunity to meet new friends, network, exchange information, and have fun. For retreats in your area and to find out more, contact them at 1-888-553-3500 or logo onto castingforrecovery.org.
Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program: Any New Yorker with breast cancer corncers can call the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline for information, resources and emotional support through individual, group and family counseling services. Call them at 1-800-877-8077 or log onto adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer.
Sisters United In Health (Hermanas Unidas en la Salud): The mission of SUIH is to provide women with free, breast health information that can help to save lives. They are a group of thirteen organizations that are here to provide you information about where to receive a free or low-cost mammogram, give you information about breast health and breast cancer, and provide you with support if you or someone you love needs help. Contact them at 1-800-559-6348.
Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (HBCAC) is a not-for-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the ultimate eradication of breast cancer through education and awareness. Their mission is to focus on prevention methods while actively helping those who are faced with a positive diagnosis. For information about their programs, call them at 631-547-1518 or logo onto hbcac.org.
Prevention Is The Cure™ Since 1999, working in partnership with other anti-cancer, environmental organizations, Prevention Is the Cure (PITC) brings fresh focus on the causes of disease rather than ways of coping with it once diagnosed. They seek to: INCREASE public awareness of environmental links to disease, GAIN support for the “Precautionary Principle” as it applies to public policy, URGE the public to demand more funding for environmental health research, and ENCOURAGE a “better safe than sorry” attitude toward personal lifestyle. For more information about PITC and building a healthy lifestyle, call them at 631-547-1518 or logo onto preventionisthecure.org.
Lend A Helping Hand (LAHH) Programs on Long Island provide direct services to individuals recovering from recent breast or gynecological cancer surgery and those undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation for those cancers. Clients choose from a variety of services that will lighten the stress cancer treatment creates for both the patient and family, including House cleaning, transportation to medical appointments, meal preparation, childcare and more. For a complete list of the Lend A Helping Hand Programs on Long Island, log onto the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition’s website at babylonbreastcancer.org.