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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County

Mission

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