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In the Community
Providing Breast Cancer Support
By Michele M. Reinert, CFRE, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks
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n the fall of 1993, local breast cancer survivors and family
members of women with breast cancer recognized the
tremendous need in Berks County for support and
educational services. These women joined forces and Breast
Cancer Support Services of Berks County (BCSS) was established.
BCSS began operating in July 1994, and in December of that
year BCSS moved into an office in West Reading. The outreach
that BCSS has been able to accomplish throughout the past 27
years has made quite an impact on local survivors, their family
members and caregivers. With the support of our community
BCSS will continue to grow in the future.
BCSS' main goal is to provide educational and beneficial services
to our community members and to aid them throughout a
difficult and confusing time in their lives by answering questions,
offering resources, and a variety of peer-to-peer support groups.
While we do not provide medical treatment, we educate every
person affected by breast cancer on other components of their
health and wellbeing. We seek to support everyone involved in a
breast cancer diagnosis: the patient, family members, caregivers
and survivors.
There is no other organization like BCSS in Berks County. Our
work is crucial to our community, as it provides hope, comfort
and care through a time where many may feel alone. We serve
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hundreds of survivors in Berks County who come from various
backgrounds and cultures, and we pride ourselves in offering
inclusive and accessible resources to all. With the continued
growth of our organization, we hope to use our strengths and
our passion to expand the resources we offer for years to come
until there is a cure. Our survivors are a diverse and passionate
group of individuals. We welcome all survivors - from the newly
diagnosed, to those battling recurrent or metastatic disease, to
long-term survivors.
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Programs and Support Groups:
Comfort Bags
Support Line
Contact a Survivor
Pink Power Nights
Newly Diagnosed
Counseling Assistance Program
Survivor's Financial Aid Fund
African American Support Group
* El Poder del Rosado
* Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
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Gentle Yoga
Lunch & Learn
* METAvivor Peer 2 Peer
* Young Survivors Coalition Face 2 Face Group
Young Survivor's Coalition creative arts program
The Heart of cabi Foundation and local cabi stylists host
free clothing distribution event.

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