Programs

Pink Power Nights

Pink Power Nights

Monthly meetings for all survivors are upbeat and fun.  Guest speakers provide valuable information during the sessions, always allowing time for mutual sharing and support. Share conversation and the companionship of other survivors. Meetings are free. View our Events page for upcoming dates.

YSC Face 2 Face Group
for those under 45

YSC Face 2 Face Group for those under 45

Meet other young women in Berks County who are dealing with breast cancer. -young mothers -single women -women with questions about fertility, intimacy, and all the challenges that breast cancer brings. Support and community come in all different shapes and sizes. Young women affected by breast cancer need both. That’s why BCSS has partnered with YSC Face 2 Face (F2F) Networks to offer a local, grassroots network that focus on bringing together a community of young survivors to really talk about the unique issues they face. View our Events page for upcoming dates.

 

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn

A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event. Maybe you’ve just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Or maybe you are a survivor. Or maybe, a support person for a friend or family member. This program is FREE for survivors. A complimentary light lunch is provided before the program. This event is held at the BCSS Office at 529 Reading Avenue, Suite C, West Reading, PA 19611. View our Events for upcoming dates.


FORCE Facing Our Riskof Cancer Empowered

FORCE Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

FORCE Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30PM. This event is FREE. Pre-registration required. Email dianer@facingyourrisk.org
. View our Events page for upcoming dates.

 

El Poder del Rosado

El Poder del Rosado

El Poder del Rosado aims to bring information, support and resources to Spanish
speaking women and their loved ones. To get connected with bilingual services in our community, call 610-478-1004 and leave a message in English or Spanish.

African American Support Group

African American Support Group

This support group is to reduce breast cancer disparities for African American women by providing hope, outreach and education, emotional and social support to breast cancer survivors, family members, friends and the community.

Yoga for Survivors

Yoga for Survivors

A blend of stretching, relaxation, healing visualization, and meditation in a supportive group environment taught by a breast cancer survivor. Beginners welcome. This six (6) weekly session is offered FREE for survivors. Registration is required. View our Events page for upcoming dates.

METAvivor Peer2Peer

METAvivor Peer2Peer

BCSS has partnered with METAvivor to offer a support group for thrivers with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. These meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of every month and are facilitated by a metavivor. For more information, please email Vanessa at vanessa@bcssberks.org. View our Events page for upcoming dates.

BCSS Support Group for Newly Diagnosed Women

BCSS Support Group for Newly Diagnosed Women

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be a shock, making you feel out of control and overwhelmed. Getting informed can help alleviate these feelings. BCSS understands that a diagnosis brings many questions and a need for information.

Come join this structured, interactive, three (3) session program designed for women who have just been diagnosed with breast cancer, currently going through treatment or have recently completed treatment within the last year. Group sessions offer emotional support and timely education on topics of interest to help women manage the stressors of diagnosis and treatment. This program will replace the unknown with the known and offer hope and caring from breast cancer survivors.

“The best way to cope is to connect!”

View our Events page for upcoming dates.

Survivor Financial Aid Fund

Survivor Financial Aid Fund

BCSS has a limited amount of funds available to assist Survivors with financial help during treatment. After a breast cancer diagnosis, the financial impact can be devastating. The inability to go to work and provide for one’s family, paired with medical and practical costs, can result in a financial hardship.

We are pleased to offer our Survivors Financial Aid Fund. The Survivors Aid Fund was designed to ease the financial burden of a breast cancer diagnosis. This is NOT an emergency fund. Our focus is on supporting those that could otherwise make ends meet if not for their diagnosis and treatment.

Click here for complete details and the application.

The Dorothy Klausing BentleyMemorial Scholarshipfor BCSS of Berks

The Dorothy Klausing BentleyMemorial Scholarship for BCSS of Berks

 

BCSS is offering three scholarships in loving memory of Dorothy Klausing Bentley. Dorothy was a resident of Berks County and an active member and supporter of Breast Cancer Support Services. Three $500 scholarships will be awarded to a direct relative of a breast cancer survivor to attend a two year, four year or graduate school program. The student must reside in Berks County.

Deadline to apply is April 30, 2021.

Click here for complete details and application.

BCSS Counseling Assistance Program

BCSS Counseling Assistance Program

A diagnosis of breast cancer is frightening, and it often brings up a wide range of difficult emotions. You may feel anxious, depressed, angry or fearful. Women sometimes struggle with self-image, challenges with intimacy and personal issues. All of these stresses may impact your immune system, digestion, sleep, concentration and personal relationships. The support of a mental health professional may help you cope with the psychological impact of cancer and may be an important aspect of treatment. BCSS also recognizes that those who have breast cancer may be concerned about the well-being of their loved ones.

Who is eligible? 
Any individual who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, is in active treatment or in post-treatment and/or their family members/caregivers. The counseling sessions are designed to encompass not only the patient, but those who love her. We are currently limiting funding to individuals living in Berks County.

How do I apply?

    • Click here for a printable flyer with complete details – pdf
    • Fill out the application.
  • Mail to:
    Breast Cancer Support Services, Attention: Michele Reinert, Executive Director | 529 Reading Ave, Suite C | West Reading PA 19611
Support Line

The telephone Support Line is available 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm. You will talk to a survivor. Our trained volunteers respond to calls and provide comfort and support during critical times, as well as information regarding services and resources available in Berks County. The Support Line telephone number is 610.375.9925.

Educational Seminars

Providing the latest medical information on breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. A panel of health care professionals educates volunteers, survivors and community. Programs are free.

Lending Library

Breast Cancer Support Services has Berks County’s most extensive library of books and videos on breast cancer and related topics with over 200 books, tapes, videos, and pamphlets.

Click here to view a list of our holdings – including video tapes. (pdf format)

Comfort Bags

BCSS offers Berks County women a Comfort Bag at the time of breast cancer diagnosis. Designed to provide comfort at a confusing time, the Bags include books, nightshirt, soft program pillow, relaxing CD and other soothing items. Each Comfort Bag is prepared in the BCSS office by volunteers.

Newsletter

Our newsletter is published twice a year. The contents include information about upcoming events, and articles of interest to breast cancer survivors.

Click here for the latest issue.

See our calendar for updated information. Updates posted to facebook.