Fundraiser for breast cancer support group

September 13, 2008 5:22:07 AM PDT
Chelsea Piers will play host for a great cause on Monday night. Share is a non-profit group that supports women suffering from breast and ovarian cancer for free.

Monday is their annual fundraiser.

"Part of me feels like I can't believe that I got it hte first time, and then 17 year later I got it again," Alice Yaker said.

She is an inspiration. The two-time breast cancer survivor radiates hope. The first time that Yaker was diagnosed, a social worker told her to contact a non-profit organization called Share. She credits the group with helping her recover.

"I called and the person who answered the phone was a three year survivor and just hearing that made me say maybe I can get through this," she explained. "What it meant was I didn't feel alone. I didn't feel isolated. What I was feeling was given credibility. I learned as I shared information I found people who I could relate to and who could relate to me."

Founded in 1976 by Dr. Eugene Thiessen, Share has helped hundreds of thousands of women of all backgrounds by holding support groups, manning a hotline and using their website to answer the myriad of questions that come from women diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.

Thiessen, a breast surgeon, realized the need for women to be able to support each other during a difficult time.

Share holds its 5th annual fundraiser, A Second Helping of Life, on Monday. It is important because all of Share's services are free of charge. The event pairs women chefs with celebrities helping them to make and serve their signature dishes.

For more information, visit Share's website at

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