Helping Women with Breast Cancer During COVID-19

How Living Beyond Breast Cancer is Using Yoga to Make a Difference

Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) has seen how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected the breast cancer community, both medically, financially, and also emotionally. In an effort to lessen the emotional toll this has taken on our community, LBBC created Breathing Beyond, a free weekly yoga series on Facebook Live every Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. ET. The goal of Breathing Beyond is to bring together our community to unwind from the week and transition into the weekend with intention and relaxation.

Yoga is not new to LBBC; every year we host an exciting yoga fundraising event on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art called Reach & Raise. This year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, Reach & Raise will be virtual on Sunday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. ET. While we will miss gathering in person, we are excited that this event can involve our friends and family from around the country for the first time! We are hoping Reach & Raise participants will help us reach our $400,000 donation goal. The funds raised will go towards:

  • Financial assistance grants
  • Timely and trusted health related information
  • Communities of support

The financial assistance grants are particularly important during this challenging time because they help pay for essentials such as rent, utilities, and groceries for women in treatment and their families. One woman recently shared her story in a blog on LBBC.ORG about her experience receiving a financial assistance grant and how much it meant to her and her family.

“The grant helped me pay my rent and avoid late fees and to continue receiving internet service, needed for my son’s home-school service online and to stay connected with my patient portal,” she wrote. “It relieved the stress having the utilities turned off. It was a blessing to receive the help that I needed.”

Every donation counts and opens up another opportunity for a woman living with breast cancer to receive the information, financial assistance, and community of support needed. 

There are three ways you can help us reach our goal:

  • Register as an individual, collect additional donations from your friends and family, and join us virtually on May 17
  • Start a team and recruit friends and family to help fundraise, and join us virtually on May 17
  • Make a donation to support financial assistance grants, as well as all of our programs and outreach efforts

It is also important to recognize that Reach & Raise is more than just a fundraiser. Women participate in the event to celebrate their loved ones impacted by breast cancer, as well as their own breast cancer journeys.

“This event is very personal to me and has given me strength each year since I started participating in 2015 just after I finished active treatment for my cancer,” one woman said. “I look forward to Reach & Raise every year!”

“Since my most recent diagnosis in 2012, Reach & Raise has been my way of celebrating life with family and friends in a way that touches all and reminds us to breathe,” another woman shared.

While Reach & Raise may feel different this year being a virtual event, it is important to celebrate and support our community especially in these challenging times. We hope you can join us for Reach & Raise on May 17 or each Friday for Breathing Beyond.

For more information on both programs and more ways you can get involved with LBBC please visit lbbc.org

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