How to Support the Breast Cancer Resource Center During (and Beyond) Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the CDC, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer during her life. For 50 years, YWCA Princeton has supported women through every and any stage of their breast cancer journeys, initially through ENCORE, a water aerobics class for post-mastectomy women, and later, through the Breast Cancer Resource Center. Our free and low-cost services and programs provided through the BCRC comprehensively address the emotional, social, and physical wellness needs of the women we serve. We create spaces for creative expression, connection with women navigating similar experiences, and promote self-care and esteem. We also offer free education and outreach sessions to both social and corporate groups.
a bust decorated by youth athletes who participate in the Pink Ribbon Softball Tournament, which supports our BCRC!

On October 6th, we hosted our 5th annual Beyond Pink Art Show, which raised over $30,000 in support of our work at the BCRC. The show featured over 100 pieces created or inspired by women living with, through, and beyond breast cancer–many of whom are members of the BCRC and participate in the Healing Arts initiative. (Click here to learn more about the Circle Project, a recent mindfulness practice brought to our program by volunteer instructor Deb Cusma). Beyond Pink was our first in-person fundraiser since 2019, and we were incredibly moved by the turnout and positive feedback about the reception. If you missed the opening reception, don’t worry! The gallery will be open during weekends throughout the remainder of the month–visit the Beyond Pink web page to learn more about the hours.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a crucial month for the BCRC because it’s one of our greatest opportunities to increase our public awareness and presence in the community. And, the support we receive throughout October empowers our work for the rest of the year. The BCRC serves thousands of women and families annually, and every donation helps keep our programs and support services available.

Here are a few ways you can support the BCRC during (and beyond) Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • Volunteer! We’re currently looking for volunteers to provide information about the BCRC during our gallery hours. We also provide training for volunteers who are interested in learning how to give educational presentations, and are particularly in need of bilingual (English and Spanish speaking) volunteers.
  • Assemble and donate chemo care bags; it’s a great team-building exercise for corporate and social groups, and helps us provide comfort and support to women navigating chemotherapy.
  • If you’re able to, make a monetary contribution, and see if your employer will match your donation!
  • Let us be of service to you–schedule a free outreach and education session.
Interested in getting involved? Contact Michele Schwartz, Program and Outreach Coordinator at