Our signature service, Match Mentoring, provides FREE reliable and personalized information and one-to-one support for people affected by breast cancer – patients, families, and friends.
We envision a world where personalized peer support is part of everyone’s quality breast cancer care, leading to a more confident, empowered survivor.
ABCD provides phone-based personalized 1:1 support anywhere. Our Mentors are trained and supported volunteers who have been in Your Shoes®.
Mentors are volunteers who believe that everyone should have support when battling breast cancer. Initial and ongoing training is provided.
Your gift is more than a donation, it provides personalized support for people facing breast cancer. Gifts of any size educate, encourage and empower people to live well through cancer treatment and beyond.
“On the other side of cancer, you stop and question your life. Volunteering for ABCD is a lifelong commitment for me.”
“Before I called ABCD, I was ready to give up. I don’t think I would be here today if I hadn’t called. You have to believe that you can get the help you need to go on. For me, it was God and ABCD. Breast cancer will be a hard journey, but it’s not a closed door.”
“My Mentor taught me so much, especially that talking and listening has real healing power; it takes the burden off.”
“A woman with breast cancer needs to know that she is not alone so she knows the real deal when it comes to getting through it all.”
“I can hold her hand and walk with her on this journey, but her ABCD Mentor has walked in her shoes – that is priceless.”
ABCD gives the gift of UNDERSTANDING this March. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~Søren Kierkegaard
“My wife, Mary Vandenberg, and I had a long-time friendship with and respect for Melodie Wilson Oldenburg, founder of ABCD,” said Keith Mardak. “We believe in the mission and purpose of this organization and are committed to ABCD’s long-term growth and sustainability. We are very pleased that the organization is serving more people.” Read more […]
For June Winters, breast cancer was a familiar worry. Two of her five sisters had been diagnosed with the illness before entering menopause, and June followed a rigorous screening regimen as a result. Beginning in her 20s, she underwent regular tests including mammograms, MRIs, and clinical exams. As a preventive measure, June also took a […]
November 29th the Lobby Salon at the InterContinental was filled with ABCD Mentors, staff and board members as we celebrated the ABCD family of Mentors. These are the volunteers who compassionately give their time and willingly share their personal breast cancer experience with those who have heard the four frightening words – you have breast […]
ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis provides emotional support to those affected by a breast cancer diagnosis. Professionally trained Mentors UNDERSTAND patients, family and friends in need.View our new video featuring Tim Smith, Managing Director and General Manager of the The Pfister Hotel, owned by Marcus Hotels & Resorts who talks about the their support of ABCD. youtu.be/z_0ivc1vqdI?t=1 ... See MoreSee Less
What a wonderful afternoon spent with girls from Service Club of Milwaukee and moms learning about breast health and what teens can do now. Thank you Alyson Lippman for sharing your knowledge with us all. And thank you SCM for your generous donation - we're looking forward to spending more time together. ... See MoreSee Less
On this International Women's Day, we are grateful to all of our Mentors, volunteers, community partners, board members, and staff who provide hope, compassion, and understanding to so many women - and men! - who are impacted by breast cancer. ... See MoreSee Less
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