Whether you’re looking for a support group or financial aid opportunities, these organizations can be helpful from breast cancer diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support. The goal is for Asian women to be well informed, have access to care that is of great quality and culturally appropriate so they are inspired to live happy, healthy lives. Click here to download the Asian Breast Cancer Fact Sheet
The vision of the Boston Breast Cancer Equity Coalition is to eliminate the differences in breast cancer care and outcomes by promoting equity and excellence in care among all women of in the City of Boston regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.
Every woman, regardless of hair texture, deserves a wig that resembles the hair that she lost. Coils to Locs supports hospital cancer centers’ ability to provide equal access for all of their patients regardless of hair type by offering contemporary, ethnic textured synthetic wigs ranging from Afro kinky/curly to braided styles.
The Ellie Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that provides critical and essential support services to breast cancer patients throughout Massachusetts to ease the stresses of everyday life, allowing the focus to be on family, recovery and healing. Services include grocery cards, meal delivery, gas cards, transportation to and from appointments, parking reimbursement, light housekeeping and childcare.
The Pink and Black Education and Support Network aims educate the community about breast cancer disparities. REACH stands for Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health,and was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support projects that focused on a coalition-based approach to addressing health disparities for racial and ethnic minorities in six priority areas, one of which was breast and cervical cancer screening and management.
Facing Cancer Together serves people with cancer and their families, while navigating through the cancer experience. FCT serves those battling all types of cancer at all stages of the disease, providing support, wellness and educational services, regardless of their capacity to pay. Through professionally facilitated programs, participants become part of a community that promotes hope, empowerment, and connection to both the person with cancer, and their loved ones.
Paddle for Recovery is a completely free SUP class (Stand UP Paddle board) for recovering cancer patients and a friend or family member who supported them through their treatment. The program’s mission is to provide an opportunity to escape on the water and even find a new passion that can assist in recovery. All equipment and instruction will be provided. Please consult your doctor before signing up to paddle.
Miss Pink supports patients and families by providing funds to cover costs of medical bills and basic necessities like meals during times of treatment. They also work to educate the community by teaching about early detection; support breast cancer research, offer fitness events, Miss Pink Mentors, and a patient Robe Program. Learn more at MissPink.Org
Rays of Hope has been helping women and men in the fight against breast cancer by walking alongside them on their cancer journey. Rays of Hope cares for the whole person from diagnosis and beyond by supporting research at the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, providing funding for state-of-the-art equipment, breast health programs, outreach and education and complementary therapies while also supporting cancer programs with our community partners.
SurvivingBreastCancer.Org is an educational and virtual patient care platform community that meets you where you are- whether you are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, you are several years with no evidence of disease, or you are living with metastatic breast cancer. Visit to attend support groups, physician led lectures and more.
The S.W.A.N. Society in Boston helps senior women maintain their standard of living by giving both to individuals with emergency needs, and through grants to other organizations who share their goals to support single women facing daunting financial challenges.
The Tanner Ta Ta Foundation helps women and families on the North Shore / Woburn area in a variety of ways such as: Providing emotional support to women and families at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis, during treatment and beyond. Providing gifts of encouragement and care to women in treatment; being a source of support for children and spouses of women in treatment; supporting organizations / walkers that search for a cure for breast cancer.
The Wellness Warriors is Massachusetts’ first dragon boat team for cancer survivors. They provide a paddling support group for men and women of all ages who have been diagnosed with many different types of cancer.
We Can Row is specifically designed to allow breast cancer survivors to reorient themselves with their bodies, giving survivors a healthy expression of control and putting them in contact with other women of similar circumstances.
R4R seeks to celebrate and highlight the lives of those affected by breast cancer, catalyze communities to support local families, and divert funding into services that significantly improve the lives of those who have lost a parent to breast cancer. Runway for Recovery honors and supports families affected by breast cancer and dedicates resources to support children who have lost caregivers to the disease. They foster a sense of community within the families, children, and survivors that they work with to inspire joy in the midst of a seemingly hopeless time.
The mission of Not Putting On a Shirt is to advocate for satisfactory aesthetic outcomes – as agreed upon by the mastectomy patient and surgeons– for those who choose to go flat. They inform and support patients, demand increased accountability for medical professionals and institutions, and collaborate with patients and the surgeons who care for them to establish resources and protocols that will make a difference.
Susan G. Komen New England‘s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Among the many services they offer include financial aid opportunities, clinical trial information, and emotional support services.
The Women’s Health Network aims to increase screening rates in specialized populations. Working with clinical sites and community based organizations, the WHN provides cancer screening and diagnostic services, case management, and patient navigation to underserved populations; increases public awareness about breast and cervical health; and offers professional development and quality improvement opportunities for clinical providers and community health workers.