Save Ourselves Breast Cancer Organization


Save Ourselves' mission ensures that no one face breast cancer alone. We are a group of breast cancer survivors-turned-thrivers who reach out to those diagnosed with breast cancer. We provide individual and group support, hope, information and resources. We promote proactive participation in breast cancer treatment and recovery. We provide 108 psycho-educational support groups annually, 24-hour telephone support and monthly potlucks & educational forums on breast cancer related topics.

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Description
SAVE OURSELVES BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS meet twice a month on Thursdays 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm and Mondays at 7:00 pm. Locations vary. For more information and to register please call:

Cass Brown Capel, Ph.D. Support group facilitator (916) 787-8787

SAVE OURSELVES LESBIAN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP is led by Roxanne Hardenburgh. A breast cancer survivor herself, Roxanne brings excellent skills to her role as group facilitator. This group meets once a month on the 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at 410 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. For more information and to register please call:

Roxanne Hardenburgh Lesbian cancer group facilitator (916) 261-0740

FACING CANCER WITH FAITH is a Christian support group for those diagnosed with breast cancer. This group gathers together to face breast cancer through prayer and support from one another. The group is facilitated by Kristin Kozlowski a Licensed MFT and herself a breast cancer survivor.

The group meets the first Tuesday of each month. For more information and to register please contact:

Kristin Kozlowski, MFT Faith Based Group Facilitator

Budget
$65,000
Program Successes
SOS began in 1991 when a small group of younger women realized the scarcity of breast cancer support, information and resources. We speak to civic groups, professional organizations, schools, places of employment, health clubs, legislators, places of worship and community events about breast health awareness, and a myriad of breast cancer issues (i.e., prevention, detection, coping), tailored to the needs of the group.

1991: SOS began hosting monthly educational forums that continue today on the third Wednesday of every month at Nordstrom, Arden Fair Mall.

1992: We trained our first group of breast cancer thriver hotline volunteers for our 24/7 helpline.

1993: We launched the first of many support groups (now host 108 groups/year in Sac & Roseville)

1993: Breast Cancer Act of 1993: SOS played a significant role in the passage of this legislation that funded the Every Woman Counts program. Uninsured women over 40 (with referral from a health provider) can now receive free mammograms because of this legislation. 1998: We founded the metastatic breast cancer (MBC) group - meets twice a month

2001 - 11: Latina support group, currently have Spanish speaking breast cancer survivors available

2004: We established a support group for lesbians, facilitated by a lesbian breast cancer thriver

2006 - 10: Check It Out program for high school students to teach breast self exam (BSE)

2009: We opened the first of two lingerie closets and resource centers in which people can get new & gently used post-op undergarments, mastectomy bras, wigs, prosthetics, books, DVDs, CDs, hats. Located in UCD's Comprehensive Cancer Center, Folsom, Sacto.

2012: Instituted our April Annual Walk for Breast Cancer Support on the American River Parkway

2012: We created a Facing Cancer with Faith support group that meets monthly in Roseville

2013: Launched survivorship program for people 2+ years post treatment: From Surviving to Thriving. The breast cancer experience does not end when treatment ends. This group equips people to live more fully using modalities that nurture the mind, body and spirit.