Breast cancer research has made groundbreaking progress over the past couple of decades, but the fight is never over. Fortunately, more and more people every day are joining in the battle against breast cancer, starting countless organizations that provide support to those who need it most. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’re fortunate to have an ever increasing number of non-profits continuing to support cancer patients and their families. Here are NerdWallet’s top 4 breast cancer non-profit organizations in the Bay Area.
Ceres Community Project: Promoting proper nutrition among both patients and volunteers
Established in 2006 with the vision of creating change on the individual and community level, The Ceres Community Projects starts at the very core of our livelihood – health and nutrition. CCP provides nutritious meals for patients with serious illnesses while simultaneously teaching young teens proper health and nutrition habits. Young people can volunteer as gardeners and chefs, getting hands-on experience in making proper nutrition a lifestyle, not a chore. Teaching young teens the importance of proper nutrition is the key to creating lasting change and taking a more preventative approach to illnesses in the future.
HERS Breast Cancer Foundation: Focusing on post-surgical support and resources
Although one of the most important steps in eliminating cancer, surgery or other medical procedures don’t necessarily mean the end of cancer. The HERS Breast Cancer Foundation specializes in the post-surgical/healing process, which could be the most important stage of all. HERS provides post-surgical products, such as specialized garments, and services, no matter one’s financial situation. The main goal of the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation is to empower women and help them get stronger as a whole, both physically and mentally.
Zero Breast Cancer: Pioneering community-based research
This Marin County based non-profit is recognized in the Bay Area as being among the first to identify environmental factors that contribute to the development of cancer. More specifically, Zero Breast Cancer is able to bring diverse perspectives on cancer research through community participation. What better way to study an environment than with the help of the residents who call it “home”? Zero Breast Cancer provides means for people to make a personal impact on cancer research and play an active role in benefitting their community and countless other cancer patients worldwide.
Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation: Providing complementary alternative treatment
Sandra J. Wing, a dual cancer survivor, established this organization in order to provide access to the five healing options she found most valuable in her fight against cancer: acupuncture, acupressure, therapeutic massage, guided/visual imagery, and deep breathing meditation. Prescription medicine alone doesn’t do as much for the mind as it does the body. The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies foundation targets all parts of the human, and uses therapeutic methods to relieve some of the many burdening side effects of cancer, including neuropathy, anxiety, stress, aches, fatigue, nausea, and pain.