Help us continue for another 25 years!
BCSS Celebrated Our
SILVER ANNIVERSARY in 2017
Thanks to your generous support, we surpassed our goal to raise $25,000 for 25 years!
25 Years of Service
Breast Cancer Support Services’ (BCSS) mission is to reduce anxiety and lighten the burden for breast cancer survivors and their families. BCSS provides educational programming, resources for information, peer group support and financial assistance with grants. BCSS works cooperatively with other organizations, healthcare providers, corporations, and individuals who share its mission.
BCSS was established in May, 1992 by Elaine Hill and Martha Lee as Y-ME of Chattanooga to fill
a void in breast cancer healing at a time when the words “breast cancer” were rarely spoken. For the
first five years, the organization was staffed entirely by volunteers.
In 1997, the organization’s first permanent office was located at Memorial Hospital with its first
Executive Director. In 2011, the organization separated from the national Y-ME and Breast Cancer
Support Services (BCSS) was formed as its own 501 (c)3, serving the greater Chattanooga area.
BCSS is now located in Highland Park, in close proximity to all three of Chattanooga’s major
Over its 25 year history, the organization has received funds as well as in-kind goods and services
from generous donors including hospitals, companies and individuals. Additionally, countless
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SPEAKERS BUREAU & OUTREACH PRESENTATIONS
In the last 18 years, over 150 free presentations with
more than 700 attendances have been made to
different groups in the community including churches,
women’s groups, health fairs and companies.
TELEPHONE PEER SUPPORT
For 10 years, 365 day per year volunteers answered callers’ questions about breast cancer issues. Information from various published sources and reassurance via telephone were provided.
More than 500 professionally facilitated groups with over 2,600 interactions over 20 years provided support and counseling, all free of charge.
FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISERS
Eleven fashion shows featuring more than 275 breast cancer survivor models have been attended by over 2,700 people.
AND MORE . . .
Other activities included door-to-door outreach to encourage breast health to inner-city women. Films and lectures in waiting rooms at Community Health
Centers, TV appearances and information to the news media, Women of Valor luncheon and a 3 mile walk.
Since 1992, BCSS has interacted with thousands of people nearly 20,000 times through:
Over 300 sessions in 25 years with more than 3,000 attendances. Support Groups are structured to meet the needs, concerns and issues of breast cancer patients and survivors. These groups are free to survivors.
WIGS AND PROSTHESIS BANK
For 25 years, hundreds of mastectomy bras,prostheses and wigs have been provided free of charge to breast cancer survivors with limited resources.
More than 80 educational programs with over 3,600 attending in the last 20 years. Four to six times a year, programs focus on subjects of interest to both survivors and their families. All of the sessions are free of charge.
Loss of income due to breast cancer and its treatment can lead to financial strain on women and families. More than 1,100 people have received funds over
the last 18 years through The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund while they are focused on treatment, healing and recovery.
“MOVING ON” WORKSHOPS
Held once a year for the last six years over 240
individuals have attended these free workshops. The
focus is on nutrition, exercise and emotional support.
INFORMATION RESOURCE GUIDES
Information is key to dealing with breast cancer. More than 3,000 free Resource Guides have been distributed to newly diagnosed breast cancer