Free Step By Step guides for those who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
About the Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition
The Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) is a charity run by New Zealand women who have experienced breast cancer and want to support others through their breast cancer journey. BCAC members know that becoming informed about breast cancer, the treatments, and supports available can help women and their families to feel empowered, in control and better able to make good decisions.
What the grant went towards
A key part of BCAC’s support work is the provision of the free Step by Step support pack to New Zealanders who have just received a breast cancer diagnosis. Each pack has an information booklet, a diary for recording appointments and medical information, and a journal for recording personal thoughts and feelings.
The Trust House Foundation grant assisted BCAC in printing 5,000 copies of a new, updated edition of Step by Step, and securing another five years’ supply of the packs in the Wairarapa, Wellington, Porirua and Hutt regions.
What this means for the organisation
Step by Step provides clear and accurate information that demystifies breast cancer and its treatment, offers support and helps to relieve some of the fear and anxiety that a diagnosis inevitably brings. Feedback from recipients and medical staff has been overwhelmingly positive.