Breast cancer support Meetups

Here’s an interesting partnership brouhgt to my attention by Randy Moss. Go to http://bcs.meetup.com/ put in your zip and see what comes up.

MEETUP.COM PARTNERS WITH BREASTCANCER.ORG TO ORGANIZE LOCAL BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS

October 29, 2004 (New York, NY) – Meetup.com, the Web site that helps people organize local meetings around any cause or interest, has teamed up with breastcancer.org, a leading non-profit breast cancer organization, to help facilitate support groups for Breast Cancer Survivors at bcs.meetup.com. This partnership will help breast cancer survivors come together for local, face-to-face gatherings, to share information and support one another. The launch of the relationship is in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Breast Cancer Survivor Meetups take place every second Saturday of the month at 1:00 p.m., in over 320 cities in 23 countries. More than 1,220 people are already members of the Breast Cancer Survivor Meetup worldwide, and the list keeps growing. By bringing people together who have a shared experience of overcoming breast cancer, breastcancer.org and Meetup hope to help ease the loneliness that many survivors feel and provide the emotional support needed to move beyond breast cancer with greater strength.

“We look forward to helping foster and cultivate local support groups for people affected by breast cancer and to help survivors become thrivers.” said Myles Weissleder, Vice President of Communications at Meetup.com. “People need to know that they are not alone in this battle, and that there are others locally also wishing to share their experiences. Meetup is helping people do this everyday.”

“Our Breast Cancer Survivor Meetups will bring together patients, survivors and others who have been affected by breast cancer to share information, encouragement, and friendship,” said Dr. Marisa Weiss, president and founder of breastcancer.org.

breastcancer.org is a leading non-profit organization for breast cancer education, with a professional advisory board of more than 50 internationally known breast cancer experts. Through its Web site, printed materials, and work with national media, breastcancer.org is dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete and up-to-date medical information about breast cancer. Its mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about this dreaded disease, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.

Meetup.com is how people organize local meetings around any cause or interest. Over 1.5 million people are registered for Meetup Groups on over 5,000 topics and interests. From Pug lovers to Poker players, Oprah fans to Investors, Spanish speakers to Parents of Autistic children, there are currently over 180,000 Meetup Groups that meet regularly in cafes, restaurants, living rooms or anywhere else, around the world.

To find out more information on prevention, treatment or the Breast Cancer Survivor Meetup in your neighborhood, visit http://www.breastcancer.org or http://bcs.meetup.com.

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myles weissleder myles@meetup.com
vp, communications 415-332-3205

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