Don’t struggle alone in your fight against breast cancer. In fact, we invite you to join our group and use your experience to bring hope, faith, healing and awareness to others as we “call on God and He answers us, showing us great and mighty things, which we did not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
Our support group meets monthly to pray for and encourage each another, bearing witness of God’s goodness and faithfulness in our lives. Everyone is welcome. With His inexhaustible supply of goodness, our purpose is to be a blessing to the women of OCBF in the following ways:
- Encourage OCBF women with love, compassion, a listening ear and spiritual guidance on biblical truth about disease, healing and hope.
- Develop breast cancer survivors to give hope and support to other women grappling with the disease by sharing their testimonies.
- Bring awareness to breast cancer through education on risk factors and prevention.
- Collaborate with health care providers in the community to provide mammograms, screening information and self-examination materials to our members.
- Provide breast cancer patients and family members with a support network.
Breast Cancer Statistics (Source: www.breastcancer.org)
- About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
- In women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women.
- Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer. Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.
- About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer
- In 2011, about 2,140 men were diagnosed with breast cancer
“ How did this happen, there is no cancer in my immediate family,’ that was my thought on December 11, 2009 when I received the call to say I had breast cancer.”
Read more about Ragina’s incredible journey in fighting breast cancer and visit her website for tips and tools for decreasing side effects associated with chemotherapeutic agents.
There is hope and life after breast cancer. No woman, couple and family should have to walk alone in their fight against breast cancer.