Patient Programs


The devil whispered,”You cannot withstand the storm.” The Warrior replied,”I am the storm.” Come join us and become a warrior. Breast Friends offers a variety of programs to help women and their families. To learn more contact us at 503.598.8048 or via email at mail@breastfriends.org

PATIENT PROGRAM Walk and Talk
Support Groups


The Walk & Talk Support Group is a great way for women going through a diagnosis of cancer to get out and move! Our walks and outdoor activites are designed to help women find the joy of movement amidst the lush beauty of the Pacific Northwest while making new friends. For details about locations and events, please visit our Facebook Breast Cancer Walk & Talk Support Group Page. For additional questions, please contact our coordinator Lisa Peters via email at pjim1@msn.com

PATIENT PROGRAM Breast Cancer
Support Radio


Hosted by our co-founder Becky Olson, Breast Cancer Support Radio is a live show Wednesdays at 9am Pacific Time. While interviewing a variety of guest speakers, including doctors, nutritionists, sex therapists, counselors, comedians and nurses to name a few; Becky brings her unique perspective with fresh information every week. To listen to Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio go to VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness or join us as a Guest Speaker. To explore Sponsorship Opportunities starting at $1,000, please contact Becky Olson at 503.309.8188 or email her at becky@breastfriends.org.

PATIENT PROGRAM Hat Project


Tackling a tough situation “head-on” often is the key to getting to the other side, and we believe a healthy dose of humor always helps. Portland artist Jo Gefrehas created unique hats that help turn the heartbreak of hair loss, due to chemotherapy, into an opportunity for laughter therapy. Free hats are shipped (more than 500 requested every year) to US-based breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer patients who are in active treatment and experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy. You can Request A Hat. We also welcome donations to the Hat Project and other Patient Programs.

Embrace what is, even if it isn’t the way you envisioned this portion of your life, and again look for the small wins.”

Sharon Henifin, Co-founder and author of Thriving Beyond Cancer.

PATIENT PROGRAM Bald is Beautiful


As partners in your breast cancer journey, we believe that patients and survivors are beautiful from the inside out. Bald is Beautiful is a monthly Portland Metro Area program that offers a free professional make-up and photography session with a generous dose of happiness and sisterhood. Please contact our Patient Outreach Coordinator, Ginger DeBorde at 503.598.8048 or email her at gingerdeborde@breastfriends.org.

PATIENT PROGRAM Thriving Beyond
Cancer Retreat


Our weekend retreats, at the Oregon Coast, provide guidence for women who have finished their cancer treatment. Sharon Henifin, our co-founder and a cancer survivor herself, developed this program using life coaching principles and techniques. The three-day, two-night retreats are offered for a fee that includes workshop materials, food and lodging. To register for the retreat, please click here or contact Michelle Beck, Patient Programs Assistant at 503.598.8048 or via email at michellebeck@breastfriends.org.

PATIENT PROGRAMHope Closet


Breast Friends offers a Hope Closet stocked with accessories such as mastectomy bras, breast prosthesis, caps, scarves, wigs and post-surgical garments. All of these items are available free of charge for women with limited or no insurance coverage. Please contact our Office Manager, Dianna Bancke at 503.598.8048 or email her at diannabancke@breastfriends.org.

PATIENT PROGRAM Counseling Services


Dr. Sewing is a professional counselor and cancer survivor helping patients, survivors and their family members with marital and family issues, depression, anxiety, lack of energy. sexuality & intimacy and communication identity concerns. Free counseling services are available Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm and can be scheduled online. We encourage a donation to Breast Friends to enable us to continue providing this valuable and free service to our community. Please contact our counselor Dr. Connie Sewing at 415.828.2312 or email her at conniesewing@breastfriends.org.

PATIENT PROGRAMTransportation Program


Breast Friends, in partnership with Lyft, helps patients with free rides to and from treatments. This program is available to new and existing patients in active treatment. Rides are limited to the Portland Metro Area; 25 miles or less one way. Please note, rides are only available Monday thru Thursday. To learn more, and schedule a ride, please contact our Office Manager, Dianna Bancke at 503.598.8048.