Resources

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Our Ribbons of Life Resource Table is available at most activities in Ventura County that support the organization.  It is always set up and information is available during the monthly BreastFest’s , at Mimi’s, and is “staffed” by our dedicated volunteers.  Jo Ann and Michelle (above) are the designated overseers at the resource table for a fundraiser held during a Ventura College Women’s Basketball game (circa 2016).

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Resources

Amoena Life publishes an excellent quarterly magazine. It is free and can be ordered from the following site:

Andrea Grace Soter-Simonson Foundation  Provides financial assistance, support, connection to resources and encouragement to families challenged by cancer.  This was established to honor Andrea, who passed away from ovarian cancer.

Breast Cancer Action
Founded in 1990, Breast Cancer Action was tarted by women in a San Francisco, breast cancer support group who were frustrated by the lack of knowledge about their disease. Led by the late Elenore Pred, they created an organization that would help transform breast cancer from a private medical crisis to a public health emergency.

BCCTP is a state-wide program in California that covers treatment costs for low-income, uninsured women and men who are over the age of 18 and diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. For more information, call (800)-824-0088.

Cleaning for a Reason  No charge house cleaning for people undergoing chemotherapy.  Ventura participant is Merry Maids.

CTP is a state-wide program in California that covers treatment costs for low-income, uninsured women and men who are over the age of 18 and diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. For more information, call (800)-824-0088

Hurricane Voices Hurricane Voices is a not-for-profit organization advancing the rebellion against breast cancer. Services: The Family Reading List, a valuable tool that enables parents as patients to find supportive family reading materials. When a Parent Has Cancer: Strengthening the School’s Response, a free conference, developed by The Wellness Community and Hurricane Voices, helps school systems support families coping with parental cancer. 617-928-3300, toll free: 866-667-3300

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Help and Support Inflammatory breast cancer patient Menya Wolfe and her husband Pete Bevin created this educational Web site in 1997 as a resource for women with IBC. It includes links to support email lists, patient stories and medical resources.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation The IBC Research Foundation is the only cancer research organization dedicated specifically to finding the cause of IBC. The nonprofit’s Web site offers research updates, survivor stories and information for the newly diagnosed. 1-877-786-7422

Keep A Breast Foundation ~ Treasure Chest Program The Keep A Breast Foundation’s Treasured Chest program strives to give women whom are newly diagnosed with breast cancer a unique opportunity to document their body and their feelings at a specific time in their treatment by turning their casted torso into a beautiful piece of art. The Keep A Breast Foundation Breast Casts™ are part of KAB’s unique education and support programs that harness the power of art and artistic expression to communicate complex feelings and thoughts about health, the female form and ultimately about breast cancer.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer LBBC’s mission is to empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Founded in 1991 in response to a woman’s need for information, connection and support after completing treatment, today LBBC’s programs have expanded to assist women at all stages of diagnosis, treatment and recovery; women at high risk for developing breast cancer; caregivers and healthcare providers; and specific medically underserved populations. The new website offers easy access to a wealth of cutting-edge medical and quality-of-life information, including the latest treatments, genetic testing, breast reconstruction, managing side effects, nutrition and fitness, and discovering your “new normal” after breast cancer. 610-645-4567; Survivors’ Helpline: 888-753-5222

LympheDIVAs  Programs for financially limited people for free or reduced fees for lymph sleeves.  If you can’t afford to purchase a lymphedema sleeve, gauntlet and/or glove and you can’t manage your post-mastectomy swelling, Crickett’s Answer and LympheDIVAs want to help.

MAMM is a website with articles and resources. It also comes in magazine form, which can be subscribed from this site. MAMM is for everyone whose lives have been touched by cancer—directly or indirectly. It is for women and their families living with cancer, for those newly diagnosed and for longtime survivors. It is for all of who yearn for a broad range of factual and accessible information about cancer.

National Breast Cancer Coalition The nation’s largest breast cancer advocacy group, with more than 600 member organizations and 70,000 individual members and supporters. It lobbies the Congress for more funding for improved public policy to eradicate breast cancer, inform, educate and train breast cancer advocates. 202.296.7477 (toll free) 800.622.2838

National Lymphedema Network Provides education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health professionals and the general public by disseminating information on the prevention and management of primary and secondary lymphedema. 510.208.3200 (toll free) 800.541.3259

Plastic Surgery Information  Brooke Krueger and her Junior Girl Scouts are participating in a Breast Cancer Awareness program and want to share a helpful resource they found.  Brooke says, “it (the web site) has some great information and resources on various topics surrounding breast cancer”  The Junior Scouts do their best to follow the slogan of “Do a good turn daily”.  Sharing this resource and viewing Ribbons of Life web site has “really opened their eyes and hearts”.  Thank you Scouts!

Resources for Living with and Through Cancer PBS site: Myths and Facts About Cancer Clinical; Speak Up for Yourself; Treat Your Whole Self, Not Just Your Cancer Cells; Develop a Cancer Care Plan, and many more free articles.

 SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer. A non-profit organization that offers survivor-led support to women with breast or ovarian cancer, their families and friends. Offers hotlines, survivor-led support groups, wellness programs, educational forums, and advocacy activities. All programs are free of charge. 212.719.0364; toll-free 866-891-2392; Hotlines: Breast (English) 212.382.2111 Ovarian: (English) 212.719.1204, (Spanish) 212.719.4454

Sisters Network The first national voice and a leader in the African American woman’s fight against breast cancer, their goal is to increase local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American Community. 866-781-1808; 713-781-0255

Tri-Counties Cancer Detection Partnership (serving Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties) 345 Camino del Remedio, Rm 322 Santa Barbara, CA 93110
805-681-4783/Phone 805-681-5159/Fax Email : June English

 Y-ME: National Breast Cancer Organization Ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces breast cancer alone. Offers a 24-hour hotline, a quarterly newsletter called lifeline, monthly teleconference with a medical specialist and a Men’s Match Program. 312.986.8338; hotline, available 24 hours a day, (English) 800.221.2141, (Spanish) 800.986.9505

Young Survival Coalition The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the only international, non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer. Through action, advocacy and awareness, the YSC seeks to educate the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities and to persuade them to address breast cancer in women 40 and under. 212.206.6610 Email: Info