Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”, is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.
Since Sharsheret’s founding in 2001, we have responded to more than 30,000 breast cancer inquiries, involved more than 3,000 peer supporters, and presented over 250 educational programs nationwide. Sharsheret now offers a continuum of care for the Jewish community – addressing the needs of those who are concerned about the risk of breast cancer in their family, those who have been diagnosed with the disease and are undergoing treatment, and those who face issues of survivorship or recurrence.
Sharsheret offers the following national programs:
The Link Program • Peer Support Network, connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences • Embrace, supporting women living with advanced breast cancer • Genetics for Life, addressing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer • Busy Box, for young parents facing breast cancer • Best Face Forward, addressing the cosmetic side effects of treatment • Sharsheret Supports, developing local support groups and programs • Family Focus, providing resources and support for caregivers and family members • Ovarian Cancer Program, tailored resources and support for young Jewish women and families facing ovarian cancer
Education and Outreach Programs • Health Care Symposia, on issues unique to younger women facing breast cancer • Sharsheret on Campus, outreach to students on campus • Facing Breast Cancer as a Jewish Woman, an educational resource booklet series
Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”, is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women diagnosed with…