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Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County


BCAG wants to help women with breast cancer as we would want to be helped ourselves. BCAG is an all-volunteer organization of breast cancer survivors who raise funds and awareness to improve the lives of local breast cancer patients and their families.

The Big Idea

Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County (BCAG) provides financial and food assistance for local breast cancer patients who are confronted with a loss of income and increased costs related to the diagnosis and treatment of the illness. BCAG wants to help relieve women from worrying about how to pay for housing, food, gas to drive to treatments, and other basic expenses while experiencing potential loss of income and medical expenses. Most patients who seek a grant from BCAG are hourly or seasonal workers who don’t have the financial means to support themselves and their families if they need to stop or reduce their work hours during treatment. With breast cancer striking 1 in 8 women in the U.S. each year, including more than 260 women locally, this program is essential.

I was diagnosed with both endometrial and breast cancer within a two month period requiring surgery and 28 concurrent sessions of radiation treatments. I was exhausted and needed to take an extensive leave of absence from my job. As a recent widow I have limited financial resources. I am very grateful to BCAG for its understanding and help. With their assistance I can continue my recovery without the stress or fear of losing my home.

- Sharon

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

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