A Message from ABCD’s Board President, Elizabeth Brenner
Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Nine Years Ago
Dear Friends of ABCD,
This year nearly 50% more people have turned to ABCD for help than last year. One of them was someone very dear to me.
But nine years ago in a different city when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I wasn’t lucky enough to have a friend tell me about ABCD. In fact, there was nothing like ABCD available to support me or my loved ones with information, support and trusted advice. In comparison – I was on my own.
When it came to coping with the anxiety, navigating the questions and the next steps of my journey, there was no way to be professionally matched with someone who shared my diagnosis, my symptoms and side-effects, a similar treatment plan and who juggled the same life challenges.
Today in Wisconsin and beyond, things are different. With the help of many friends like you, ABCD has provided free, personalized support to people affected by breast cancer – patients and loved ones – for almost fourteen years.
In that short time, through ABCD’s signature one-to-one mentor match service and our breast cancer helpline we have helped well over 7,500 people work through the inevitable fears and questions that come with a breast cancer diagnosis. We’ve connected them to countless resources to assist in the journey. Over 500 people have completed ABCD’s mentor training and more than 275 of them currently stand ready to provide one-to-one support. Volunteers and staff continue to provide breast cancer information to thousands annually, emphasizing service to underserved populations and collaborations with other cancer support organizations.
We are thrilled by ABCD’s latest news –and we hope you are, too. Last month, ABCD welcomed over 60 volunteers from Chicago-based “Y-ME,” a recently-closed sister breast cancer organization. With the help of Y-ME’s knowledgeable team and resources, we’re poised to serve thousands more through a national helpline, beginning later in 2013.
Because ABCD is an independent nonprofit organization providing free services, we hope we can count on you to help ABCD continue to offer help, hope and support to the women and men affected by breast cancer each year.
All gifts are appreciated and can be made easily in any of the following ways.
- Online at http://www.abcdbreastcancersupport.org/how-to-support/donate-now/
- By mail to: ABCD, 5775 N Glen Park Road #201, Glendale, WI
- By telephone 414.977.1780
We are working to build a world where when someone hears, “you have breast cancer” she also hears, “we can offer you the free support of a trained, volunteer survivor – a mentor who’s been in your shoes.”
Thank you for helping to build that world with us.
Very truly yours,
Elizabeth Brenner, President
ABCD Board of Directors