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

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

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


We, at Breast Friends, want to do our part in limiting the future spread of COVID-19 and the impact that it can have on our community. Our office will be closed until further notice and we will not be sending out hats. We deeply regret having to suspend the Hat Program for the time being.


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. Breast Friends sends more than 500 free hats every year to US-based breast, ovarian, or gynecological cancer patients who are in active treatment and experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy.  Request A Hat.  If you would like to help keep our Hat Program free, a small shipping and handling fee of $4.95 would be appreciated, but not required. Donations of any size are also welcome Donate to the Hat Project or 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. Our make-up artist, Tracy Schulz, and photographer, Mun Li, help provide a generous dose of happiness and sisterhood. Please contact our Patient Outreach Coordinator, Ginger DeBorde at 503.598.8048 or email her at

Cancer Retreat

Our weekend retreats, at the Oregon Coast, provide guidance 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


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

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 Fridays and Saturdays by appointment. To make an appointment contact our counselor Dr. Connie Sewing at 415.828.2312 or email her at We encourage a donation to Breast Friends to enable us to continue providing this valuable and free service to our community.

PATIENT PROGRAMTransportation Program

At Breast Friends we take the health of our patients and Lyft riders very seriously. It is out of this seriousness, and the abundance of caution, we want to inform you that for the next 30 days we have suspended our Transportation and will not be able to provide Lyft rides.

We want to do our part in limiting the future spread of COVID-19 and the impact that it can have on our community. Our office will be closed for the next 30 days. We will re-evalate the situation in 30 days and are hopefull that we can resume the Lyft Program.

If you need transportation to a treatment, please contact your treatment facility as they may have transportation options.