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Nokes publicizes Breast Friends fundraising effort

Nokes helped a local breast cancer charity gain publicity on KGW-TV to raise funds for its budget shortfall. Breast Friends is a Portland-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for female cancer patients.

Breast Friends seeks donations to counter Covid-19 shortfalls

PORTLAND, Oregon — Breast Friends is seeking a helping hand this summer. Now in its 20th year of providing support to women who have experienced the trauma of being diagnosed with cancer, Breast Friends has been forced to pivot its major fundraiser event due to Covid-19.

“We are still helping even during Covid-19 by moving to mostly virtual support programs via Zoom, and other digital formats,” said co-founder, Becky Olson. “Cancer hasn’t stopped during the coronavirus outbreak and the staff have been able to serve patients virtually.”

“We are hoping by widening our net, we might be able to receive contributions from those who may or may not know us, but appreciate the work we do. Their support will enable us to continue to reach women who are battling this terrible disease and stand alongside them letting them know that they are not alone on this journey,” said Olson.

Breast Friends is a Portland-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for female cancer patients, and their family and friends. Survivors, Sharon Henifin and Becky Olson, started Breast Friends in 2000 after discovering that there was limited support for women dealing with breast cancer.

Because of the generous support of donors, Breast Friends has provided a variety of support groups, workshops and retreats, wigs, humorous hats, and even monthly make-up and photo sessions for women dealing with hair loss due to chemotherapy. The newest additions to the programs are support groups for young women diagnosed at an early age, women in the LGBTQ community and women who are metastatic. (email mail@breastfriends.org for more information on how to join these three private groups.) All of its services are free or available on scholarship.

Breast Friends also provides information via Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio in its fourth year on VoiceAmerica.com (health and wellness channel), and has been heard in all 50 states and 113 nations.

Breast Friends can accept donations either at www.breastfriends.org/donate or via text by texting the word BreastFriends to 41444. Donations of any size are appreciated.

“For those able to give on a larger scale, Breast Friends established an endowment fund at the beginning of 2020 to ensure the financial success of the organization going into the future,” said Olson. For more information, contact Becky at becky@breastfriends.org, or call her at 503-309-8188.

Headquartered in Tigard, Oregon, Breast Friends has a full-time executive director, five part-time staff including a program director, and dozens of volunteers.



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