SHARE is a national nonprofit that supports, educates, and empowers women affected by breast, ovarian, or metastatic breast cancer, with a special focus on medically underserved communities. Our mission is to connect these women with peers who understand what they're going through, creating a community where no one has to face breast or ovarian cancer alone.
SHARE touches lives 160,000 times each year. Our grassroots outreach programs have made us a recognized leader in culturally competent cancer support, and our metastatic breast cancer and ovarian cancer initiatives are at the forefront of the advocacy landscape. All of our programs are grounded in the needs and insight of real patients and survivors and are developed in multiple languages to support women of all ages, cultures, and ethnicities to make informed, authentic decisions about their health. All of our services are provided in both English and Spanish, including national helplines, support groups, expert-led educational programs, community outreach, online communities, corporate education, local advocacy opportunities, caregiver support, and survivor-patient navigation.
It's the people in our community that make SHARE great: our community of patients and survivors, our dedicated volunteers, our supporters, and you. Wherever you are, you are welcome to SHARE.
SHARE is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Our IRS identification number is 13-3131914. We are a 2018 Charity Navigator 4-star charity.
All of SHARE's services are free of charge. SHARE's services include:
- expert-led educational programs
- outreach to medically underserved communities
and more. Call toll-free 844.ASK.SHARE (844.275.7427) to talk to someone about breast or ovarian cancer in English, Spanish, and 17 other languages.
Brief History of SHARE Cancer Support
In 1976, Dr. Eugene Thiessen, a doctor specializing in breast cancer, thought that breast cancer survivors could support one another. He called together the first support group, and 12 women showed up. SHARE Cancer Support was born.
In 1978, the group incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization led by a small, dedicated staff and even more dedicated volunteers.
Over the years, this group expanded its outreach and developed new programs, helping thousands of women and men affected by these diseases. SHARE Cancer Support added hotlines and educational programs and began to advocate for legislation and funding to fight breast cancer.
LatinaSHARE was started in the late 1980s to provide support, information, education and advocacy opportunities for people who feel more comfortable communicating in Spanish.
SHARE Cancer Support began offering services for women dealing with ovarian cancer in 1995. We have recently been expanding our services for women dealing with metastatic breast cancer, ensuring that survivors dealing with metastatic disease can get help from others who share their experiences.
SHARE Cancer Support is a member of Community Health Charities.