Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Spotlight: The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Network, Inc.

The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Network, Inc.
A grassroots non-profit organization

Mission and Promise
To provide assistance, education, positive support services, before, during and after diagnosis for treatment and recovery of breast cancer

Meet the Director, Janet Ruth Beebe
25 year Breast Cancer Survivor

In 1983, Janet, while breast feeding her 6 month old baby, found a lump in her breast that turned out to be cancer. At age 33, with a new baby, two other children and a husband to care for, Janet was devastated with the bad news. After many doctors and many tests showing that Janet had nothing to worry about, Janet’s silent alarm inside kept telling her that the lump she found in her breast was something serious and it needed to come out.

Finally, Janet found a doctor that would take the tumor out for testing and told her that her pushing paid off. Janet had surgery and treatment for her breast cancer that had already spread to her lymph nodes.

With no one to turn to, Vicki Castleberry, founder of Bosom Buddies, a new organization that gave support to breast cancer patients, visited Janet in the hospital. This gave her the emotional support she much needed.

Months after her treatment, Janet started helping Vicki as a volunteer in the mission to help support breast cancer patients. For the past 25 years, even though Janet had a breast cancer recurrence and two surgeries for skin cancer, making her a 4 time survivor of cancer, she continued helping Vicki in this mission.

While helping Vicki, Janet also volunteered for the American Cancer Society for over 20 years, helping them coordinate their “Reach to Recovery” program.

In 2007, Janet created “The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Network, Inc., a grass-roots, non-profit organization. Janet and Vicki’s friendship continues today. Janet's mission continues to grow while 150+ volunteers help maintain and broaden the much needed programs like 30+ support groups and “Gift Closets”. With the help of volunteers, this network helps thousands of breast cancer patients each year. Today, Vicki and many others, support Janet’s mission to expand these programs that help new patients become Survivors!


The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Network is an all Volunteers led organization.

30+ Breast Cancer Support Groups in 25 Counties hold monthly meetings in Georgia Support Groups are in these counties below:
(some counties have more than one group. More groups are added each month)

Barrow County Forsyth County
Bibb County Fulton County
Carroll County Gwinnett County
Clayton County Hall County
Cobb County Henry County
Coweta County Jackson Count
Crisp County Newton County
Decatur County Rabun County
Dekalb County Spalding County
Douglas County Thomas County
Fannin County Upson County
Fayette County Walton County
White County

The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Network, Inc.
21 Eastbrook Bend, Suite 223
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Office: (770) 487-4396
FAX: (770 487-3873

Web: www.bcsurvivorsnetwork.org
Info: janet.bcsurvivorsnetwork@comcast.net

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