Jen’s Top 10*

There are many opportunities to support cancer-related organizations and charities.  These are my top ten favorite cancer-related charities that don’t have million dollar marketing budgets, so you may not have heard of them.  Big corporations have already established their place in Cancerland; however, they often have little direct impact on a personal level.  I can assure you that these charities are making a difference in the lives of individuals.  Next time, when thinking of making a donation, please consider these charities (in alphabetical order).

*Since I live in Big 10 country, yet there are rarely just 10 in our conference, I’ve followed suit and added an 11th charity.

Bright Pink

Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals.

Breast Cancer Action

Advocate for more effective and less toxic breast cancer treatments by shifting the balance of power in the Food and Drug Administration’s drug approval process away from the pharmaceutical industry and toward the public interest.   Decrease involuntary environmental exposures that put people at risk for breast cancer.  Create awareness that it is not just genes, but social injustices — political, economic, and racial inequities — that lead to disparities in breast cancer outcomes.

Breast Cancer Recovery

All retreats are designed by breast cancer survivors for breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Recovery embraces all women with breast cancer including all faiths, ages, races, sexual orientations and financial resources. Women in all stages are welcome to attend – from the newly diagnosed to women many years in remission. Women ages 20 – 71 have attended a retreat.  Solo retreat and Mets retreat available.  Scholarships available.

Conference For Young Women

Each year, at this gathering, you’ll get the chance to: Hear updates from leading professionals who have dedicated their lives to caring for young women with breast cancer. Learn about new scientific research and clinical care breakthroughs set to offer meaningful benefits to young women with breast cancer or those at risk of developing it. Network with other survivors—share stories, get advice and experience the joy of meeting someone who understands.  Scholarships available.

Imerman Angels

Imerman Angels provides personalized connections that enable 1-on-1 support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.  All services are free and provided for any type, age, stage of cancer.

Memories of Love

Memories of Love helps create lasting and loving memories by sending the entire family for five days to Orlando, Florida for a fun-filled vacation far removed from mounting medical bills, therapy and hospital visits. Through the generosity of corporate partners and sponsors, they are able to provide tickets to the area’s best loved theme parks: Universal Studios/Island of Adventures and SeaWorld, as well as a beautiful room at one of a number of Orlando/Kissimmee Resorts, discount meal vouchers, and financial support for travel and incidentals.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network

MBCN is a national, independent, nonprofit, patient advocacy group dedicated to the unique concerns of the women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. We strive to help those living with stage IV breast cancer be their own best advocate through providing education and information on treatments and coping with the disease.


METAvivor is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, mostly with MBC. METAvivor was created because following was needed: Support for MBC patients is greatly lacking; Awareness of the disease is appalling low; MBC research is horrendously under-funded.

Pink Daisy Project

The Pink Daisy Project is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping young women with breast cancer manage treatment a little easier.  PDP provides gift cards for groceries, gas, or housecleaning to help young women undergoing treatment.

Stupid Cancer

Stupid Cancer is a non-profit organization that empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services. We are the nation’s largest support community for this underserved population and serve as a bullhorn for the young adult cancer movement. Our charter is to ensure that no one goes unaware of the age-appropriate resources they are entitled to so they can get busy living.

Young Survival Coalition

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.