Rose Schnitzer Manor Hosts Author Becky Olson Today

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rose Schnitzer Manor at Cedar Sinai Park will host Becky Olson, author and co-founder of Breast Friends, today (Tuesday, October 4th, 2011), at 6:45 p.m. in Zidell Hall. The event is free and open to the community. Olson will talk about breast and ovarian cancer from a survivor perspective, the importance of support, and resources available to women, their families and friends. She will also discuss the services available through Breast Friends.

Breast Friends is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for female cancer patients. They teach friends and family specific ways to offer support, and help them understand what their loved one is going through.

Co-founders Becky Olson and Sharon Henifin are both cancer survivors. They became acquainted in 1991 as co-workers at a corporation in Portland. In 1993, Sharon was diagnosed with breast cancer, and Becky received her first diagnosis in 1996.

In August, 2000, Olson and Henifin discussed starting a nonprofit to benefit breast cancer patients by teaching their friends and family how to offer appropriate help. In 2001, Breast Friends received tax exempt status and, with the mission of “helping women survive the trauma of breast cancer…one friend at a time,” was truly underway.

In 2004, Breast Friends received its first grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Komen partnered with Breast Friends in 2005, inviting them to chair their Co-Survivor Initiative in Oregon at Race for the Cure, a position Breast Friends held for over five years. In 2009, Breast Friends launched its first national affiliate in Florida.

Rose Schnitzer Manor is located at 6140 SW Boundary Street, Portland. For more information, call (503) 535-4004.

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