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Statistics... According to the American Cancer Society's 2014 Cancer facts and figures, it is estimated there will be 7,290 new cases of breast cancer in NJ. Of that, 1,290 estimated women will succumb to the disease. This does not include In Sito cases of breast cancer.

The South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition is a non-profit organization, formed in 1996 by a group of survivors concerned with the enormous medical, financial and social consequences of breast cancer whose mission is to raise breast cancer awareness through education, advocacy and action to change public policy. The SJBCC is aggressively for new legislation to help and protect those afflicted with breast cancer. Click Here to read our mission statement.

The South Jersey Breast Cancer Plan of Action:

1. Provide information and education to individuals.
2. Increase public awareness through outreach efforts and by lobbying for legislation.
3. Improve access to high quality breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, care and clinical trials through legislation and regulation.
4. Increase the involvement and influence of those living with breast cancer in the legislative and regulatory process, and in all aspects of clinical trial design.

The Carolyn J. Ochs Memorial Fund

The SJBCC has also established a client assistance fund in 2005, the Carolyn J. Ochs Assistance Fund. The fund assists people with financial needs that arise from their breast cancer diagnosis. The fund assists with financial needs such as daycare for children while receiving treatment, gas cards for transportation to treatments and utility bills. The Fund does not assist with costs outside treatment or medications. Since it's inception over $77,000.00 has been donated to grantees. Please call our office at 856-768-9028 if you are in need and we will provide a complete list of criteria. Donate to the Carolyn J. Ochs Client Assistance Fund Today!.

Library Dedication

On March 1, 2014, a breast cancer awareness section was added to the Marie Fleche Memorial Library. The section was dedicated in memory of a board member of the South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition, Kim Casamassima. Kim lost her relentless battle with stage 4 breast cancer July 18, 2013. Kim was 49 years young. She devoted herself to researching the incurable disease attending conferences, visiting doctors across the country and doing volunteer work. She shared her knowledge and experiences of living with metastatic disease with many survivors and organizations. The books donated to the library were Kim's & the South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition collection of books relating to breast cancer. The library is located at 49 South White Horse Pike Berlin, NJ 08009.

To see a video on self breast exams, Click Here!

Membership

Join us and make a difference by becoming a member of the SBJCC. The annual membership fee is $20 payable to the SBJCC. Click Here to become a member today!

Meetings

The SJBCC meets the 4th Monday of each month at 7pm. The meetings are held at the Virtua Voorhees Hospital located on Rte 73 South in Voorhees, in building A in Garden Room D. From the entrance, follow signs for Lobby A, Neighborhood A. Proceed past the cafeteria and coffee bar, past the donor wall and through the double doors. The conference room will be straight ahead.
All members are welcome. Please join us and see how you can make a difference.

Events

Bell Oaks School Fashion Show

On March 19,2014, Bell Oaks School held a fashion show at the Bellmawr Ballroom. A portion of the proceeds of the night went to the SJBCC. The fashion show is unique in the fact that the children model their own clothes in casual wear, sportswear and formal wear. The students this year had themes for their fashion. The SJBCC theme was super heroes. Each student wore hot pink capes, masks and headbands. The event teaches the children the importance of volunteerism and compassion for others. Other non-profits were represented at the event. The event raised $300.00

Yoga for Breast Cancer Recovery and Beyond - Beginning May 1, 2014 at Yoga for Living

This is a healing santuary class integrating yoga, breathing and mindfulness practices along with aromatherapy, Reiki, energy, medicine and singing crystal bowls to create a synergy of healing energies to soothe the body, mind and soul. The class is offered by an E-RYT professional yoga instructor with 8 years of teaching experience, Ms. Pamela Kofsky MSW, E-RYT, RM. The event will be held at Yoga for Living -1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ from 10-11:30am. For more information, call Yoga of Living at 856-266-3164.

Mother's Day Sale - Mother's Day Weekend

Costello's Custom Landscaping at 589 N. Broadway, Deepwater, NJ held a Mother's Day Sale in which a portion of the sales went to the SJ Breast Cancer Client Assistance Fund. This event raised $335.00!.

National Women's Health Week - May 11-17, 2014

The SJBCC has been invited to attend the 10th Annual Women's Health Advocates Recognition Breakfast on Tuesday, May 13,2014 . The event is held at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple. The honorees include, Assemblywomen Annette Quijano, Assemblywoman Shavona Sumter, Sharon Butress MD - Medical Director CAMcare Health Corporation, Joan Quigley-North Hudson Community Action. Luiz Ramirez - Community Relations Coordinator United Healthcare Community Plan and Patrice Simms - a motivational speaker.

Bunko For Breast Cancer - May 16, 2014

The event was sponsored by the EG Think Pink Brigade. On May 16, 2014, the fundraiser which benefits the South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition was held at the Little Red School House, 12 Harmony Rd, Mickleton, NJ at 7pm. There were prizes, refreshments and a basket auction. The event raised $1519.00!

June 30th JOY Event - Coming this September

Journey of Youth (JOY) Monthly Series for Women is a holding a Fundraiser benefiting the South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition and will be held at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 12 Harmony Rd., Mickleton, NJ. Women are encouraged to wear pink as they will band together to support the cause and have fun learning and discussing topics on nutrition, relationships and the benefits of yoga. A portion of all registrations will be donated to South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition. Light refreshments will be offered as well as wine. To register for the JOY event, please visit www.advanced-wellness-solutions.com or www.NancysExerciseClasses.com or call 609-519-1898 or 609-320-6339. Fee: $15.00 (Wine - $5.00 per glass). Date in September will be announced soon.

Let's Make A Difference Walk-September 20, 2014

Barbara Showers and Mary Ellen Volkmar are sponsoring a 3 mile walk on behalf of the South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition. KIckoff is scheduled for 10AM at the Elmer Fire Hall, Elmer, NJ at Penn & Front Streets and will proceed around town. Particpants who register prior to 9/19 will receive a commemorative tee shirt upon arrival at the walk. Registration prior to the event is just $20 pp and will be $25 pp the day of the event. While our goal is that each walker will raise at least $200.00 through co-workers,family and friends, all donations are graciously accepted and welcome. All donations are tax deductible. Come join us and show your support for a great local cause that supports Breast Cancer in our area in so many ways. Register early by calling: Barbara at 856-478-2566 or Mary Ellen at 856-358-2440.

Pink Porches Walk - October 18, 2014

Join the South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition at their Annual Pink Porches Walk coinciding with the Berlin Fall Fest on 10/18/14 on West Broad Street, Berlin,NJ. Each Pink Porch is dedicated to both the survivors and those who have sadly succumbed to the disease. Proceeds of the walk will go to the SJBCC. This year's walk is in memory in those who lost their battle to breast cancer and honor of those still fighting the disease.

Breast Cancer Awareness Tea - October 18, 2014

On October 18, 2014 at the St. John's United Methodist Church at 409 Fairview Ave., West Berlin, NJ 08091, the SJBCC is hosting an awareness tea. Each participant is encouraged to bring a tea cup with a story. Breast cancer and screening information will be presented by Virtua NJCEED. Loretta Mikulski, President SJBCC, will be the keynote speaker. The event will be at 12 noon and is free. A good will offering will be collected to offset the cost of the program. For more information on how you can be a table sponsor or attend the event, please call Sandy Anderson at 856-768-8477.

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