Google “cancer organization” and your browser’s results will seem endless. All sorts of nonprofits are out there offering a variety of educational resources and supportive programs for people impacted by cancer, whether on a local, national or international level. But if you don’t know what to look for, how do you find out about resources that fit your needs? If you’ve been following the CSC blog for a while, the Breakaway from Cancer initiative is nothing new—in fact, it has been going strong for 10 years! This partnership is unique in that it brings cancer organizations together to share resources and help patients and their loved ones get the support they need.
What is Breakaway, again? Here’s a refresher: Breakaway from Cancer was founded in 2005 by Amgen. It’s a partnership of Amgen and four nonprofit organizations that cover the full cancer experience, from prevention through survivorship. These organizations are the Cancer Support Community, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Patient Advocate Foundation and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. Breakaway’s mission is to spread the word about all of the helpful, high quality, free resources that exist for people impacted by cancer.
One of the places you’ll hear about Breakaway from Cancer is at major sporting events. Happening right now is the Amgen Tour of California, the largest professional cycling race in America. At events like the Tour, you’ll find the Breakaway partners sharing resources at the Lifestyle Festival, which accompanies each stage of the race. The Tour also has mini-events like the Breakaway Mile Walk, where cancer survivors and their loved ones come together to show their support of all people impacted by cancer.
Another place you’ll hear about the partnership is online. When searching for resources online to help him during his cancer diagnosis, Patrick Devinger came across the Breakaway from Cancer website. From there, he learned about the Cancer Support Community (that’s us!) and found his local affiliate, Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area. Now cancer-free, he remains an active volunteer with the organization. Patrick shared his story on our radio show last week. Follow the Cancer Support Community and our Breakaway partners this year at the Amgen Tour of California by checking out the action on our Facebook page and the Twitter hashtag #breakaway.