About Us

SHARE's Mission

SHARE is a national nonprofit that supports educates, and empowers women affected by breast or ovarian cancer, with a special focus on medically underserved communities. Our mission is to create and sustain a supportive community of women affected by breast or ovarian cancer.

We bring our insight as survivors and peers to other women in need of support, wherever they are, so that no one has to face cancer alone. We know what it's like to face early stage, recurrent, and metastatic disease. Whether you've been newly diagnosed yourself, want to support a friend facing cancer, or are starting your life after treatment, we've been there too.

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.

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SHARE's Services

All of SHARE's services are free of charge. SHARE's services include:

  • 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.

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