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Nonprofits Supporting Nonprofits | An Apparo Community Impact Project
November 2021

Wells Fargo, ATD, Crafted and UNCC volunteers teamed up with Apparo to identify a new software solution to track survivors and donors for Carolina Breast Friends. As a result of this solution, CBF anticipates saving 1,000+ hours annually in staff time. They will also experience a cost savings of $26,000.

The mission of Carolina Breast Friends is to embrace the breast cancer community in a positive environment. They provide resources and education through ... [..] Read more


Charlotte man shares his story with breast cancer, raising awareness
October 2021

BY MONICA MANNEY, as seen on Spectrum News on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Stuart Cojac says his battle with cancer has made him pay more attention to the little details. He says when he noticed a lump in his breast in 2002, he didn't think much of it, neither did his doctor. During a visit with his cardiologist, Cojac says his doctor wasn't comfortable with the lump. "He sent me across the street ... [..] Read more


Operating Outside the Box
October 2021

Two Local Docs Take to the Dancefloor for Breast Cancer Survivors How do breast cancer and ballroom dancing intersect? In Charlotte, the answer is the popular benefit show, Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte for the Pink House, where local notables pair with ballroom professionals to raise money for Carolina Breast Friends' Pink House. This year, standing at that intersection of ballroom and breast cancer are two Charlotte physicians--Lisa Nanovic, DO, and Josh Surowitz... [..] Read more


Student’s dream: for professor to live to see cancer support program
October 2021

BY THÉODEN JANES, as seen in the Charlotte Observer on Sunday, October 17, 2021 As a freshman, David Buckner embarked on his college career the way a lot of overachieving students do: with outsized ambition, eager to do the most exceptional work he could, then move on to the next phase of his life without looking back. Then, last April, the UNC Charlotte nursing student wrote a paragraph-long, out-of-the-blue email to ... [..] Read more


Board of Directors Announcement of Executive Director Departure & Search
September 2021

Dear Friends of Carolina Breast Friends,It is with both sadness and gratitude that we announce that Lynn Erdman will be retiring from her position as the Executive Director of Carolina Breast Friends, effective November 30th.During her three and a half years at CBF, Lynn has tirelessly served numbers of breast cancer Survivors while managing the activities at the Pink House. Drawing on her nursing and oncology background, she has focused on increasing the ... [..] Read more


What a Difference a Year Makes
June 2021

What a difference a year makes. When the pandemic brought much of life to a standstill, we knew we could not shut down or even slow down the help we provide to women and men living with breast cancer. If anything, they needed even more support. So, we acted swiftly.Within weeks, anyone with breast cancer could attend all of our sessions virtually. New Survivors were being matched with mentors remotely and supported by phone... [..] Read more


Survivor Snapshot: Muhide & Cem
May 2021

Muhide Guler's breast cancer journey started 8 years ago while living in Turkey. Since then, she's moved to the United States to be closer to her son, learned the English language, become a US citizen, and has perfected her art form. Her health is what has taken a back seat, simply because she has no health insurance. It's been years since she's received a mammogram, which can be especially worrisome for ... [..] Read more


Make Time For This
May 2021

"I was on my way to yoga when I received a phone call from my doctor. I was guessing when I heard her voice that she wasn't calling to wish me sweet dreams for the night. On the contrary... she informed me that I had been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer...ps...I didn't make yoga that night.But during my journey there were a few things I am glad I did make ... [..] Read more


A Mother-Daughter Story
May 2021

Of all the hats I have worn in my lifetime, being a mother has been tops. In November of 2018, I was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. As soon as I was scheduled for chemotherapy, my one and only daughter, Atoya, dropped everything to come and mother me. During her visit, she discovered a lump and was diagnosed with breast cancer within six months of my diagnosis.

While we mothered each other during our challenge, it was Carolina Breast Friends who mothered us.

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Carolina Breast Friends & Birdies for Charlotte Charities
March 2021

Want to win 4 weekly clubhouse tickets to the 2023 Wells Fargo Championship AND support Carolina Breast Friends?Think you know how many birdies there will be during the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship? (Hint: in 2019, there were 1,434)

What is Birdies for Charlotte Charities?

Birdies for Charlotte Charities is a philanthropic platform that utilizes the excitement around the Wells Fargo Championship to help non-profit organizations in the Charlotte area raise awareness and ... [..] Read more


#TuesdayTip - Be Like Connie!
March 2021

She's always on a mission! Mrs. Connie Lewis has been an amazing volunteer since she was diagnosed 3 years ago. From the first day she came to visit Carolina Breast Friends, she immediately felt at home.She attended all programs, became friends with many other survivors and was always ready to volunteer - from filling inspiration jars, comfort bags, answering phones to organizing the wigs, bras and the storage closet. "Ms. Connie" has become a ... [..] Read more


Thanks for Being a Breast Cancer Mentor!
January 2021

January is National Mentoring Month and we are beyond proud to celebrate our mentoring program and all of our mentors!Our mentorship program may have meant more this past year than ever before. Oftentimes, being diagnosed with breast cancer makes a person feel isolated and scared. Add in a global pandemic, forcing someone into a world of quarantine and social distancing, and that feeling of isolation and fear is amplified. At Carolina Breast Friends, we ... [..] Read more


Serving Survivors...Safely!
January 2021

To keep our Survivors safe, we strongly suggest making appointments. We will continue to offer in-person care and comfort to anyone living with breast cancer. Just call or email us to make an appointment so that we can provide 1:1 attention in a socially distant and disinfected environment. Because women and men with breast cancer have compromised immune systems as a result of their diagnosis, treatment and/or ongoing medication, we are exercising ... [..] Read more


A Virtual Success!
January 2021

As we've said before, breast cancer didn't stop because of a pandemic, so neither did we. When we had to restrict access to the Pink House because of the pandemic, we retooled and mobilized with ways to deliver all of our core services remotely--particularly our sessions! Not only did that transition go smoothly, it turns out to have yielded even more benefits than we anticipated. So even though you can now visit ... [..] Read more


Hendrick Volkswagen of Concord raised over $11,000 for CBF!
January 2021

Tie-dye t-shirts, car sales, and the good people at Hendrick Volkswagen of Concord raised over $11,000 to support breast cancer Survivors at Carolina Breast Friends.

It was $11,636 to be exact, and every dollar they raised was impactful and meaningful. The money raised by Hendrick Volkswagen of Concord came at a perfect time.As we've said before, breast cancer didn't stop because of the pandemic, so neither did we. ... [..] Read more


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