Our Fundamental Beliefs
The work of ABCD is all teamwork. All of the services ABCD provides that reflect our mission and our efforts in the overall cancer support community are possible only because of the generosity of others: donors, sponsors, volunteers.
Mission & Vision – ABCD nurtures hope and restores confidence in anyone impacted by breast cancer through free, customized information and one-to-one emotional support for patients, families and friends. Our vision is that all people affected by a breast cancer diagnosis know about and have access to our free services.
What We Do – Founded and grounded in Milwaukee, ABCD provides emotional support to anyone impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis. Working as a complement to the medical team, ABCD’s signature service, Mentor Matching Program, connects people seeking help with someone who has gone through a similar experience (Mentor). These highly customized matches pair people with the same diagnosis and treatment plan who also have common interests, personal traits and family dynamics. Support services are free and delivered at time of diagnosis, during treatment and into survivorship.
Why We Do It – Decades of research indicate that patients and survivors who take advantage of non-clinical, emotional support like ABCD services are more
likely to finish treatment, have improved “survival” rates, show a reduced risk of recurrence, and report experiencing less distress, healthier
social relationships, and an improved quality of life.
Who Contacts ABCD?
- A mother of a newborn requested a Mentor who could relate to balancing a demanding job and family as well as Stage 2 Breast Cancer
- A Spanish-speaking woman needed help from our bilingual match specialist to create a list of questions in English to give to her surgeon before she underwent a double mastectomy.
- Parents called for advice on how to support their 42-year-old daughter diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer.
- A husband wanted to be matched with a spouse who supported their wife through chemotherapy and radiation.