Breast Cancer Services of Siskiyou County
Enhancing service to those touched by breast cancer in our community
BCSSC was formed in 2003 to steward money returned to Siskiyou County by the local climbers in:
The Breast Cancer Fund's
"Climb Against the Odds"
The climb has been held on Mt. Shasta many times. Local climbers in 2003 were Terry Thompson, Jenn Carr and Nancy Swift. In 2004 Annie Bowies represented our county. Melinda Barnes was the local climber in 2006. In 2007, the local climber was Anna Antonowich-Jonsson. For 2008, Hillie Crowfoot climbed for our community. Karen Pautz was the climber for 2010.
The support from the people of Siskiyou County has been enthusiastic, and we thank each person and business for their generosity.
A cancer recovery program, in cooperation with The Wellness Center
. BCSSC sponsors memberships that offer many choices of activities to improve the well-being of those diagnosed with breast cancer. (see our information page for links to the many benefits of exercise).
BCSSC has helped with the purchase of books, brochures, videos, DVD's, CD's and audio tapes for Mercy Regional Cancer Center's Patient Resource Center in Mt. Shasta. The center is open to the public and contains an extensive selection of information; medical, financial, spiritual and emotional, covering every aspect of breast cancer and other cancers. There is online access available for internet searches, and additional material can be ordered from Mercy Redding's Floyd Morgan Family Resource Center, ACS, and NCI as needed.
A cancer diagnosis can be emotionally overwhelming for a family. An opportunity to explore issues and feelings may improve the experience for family members and patients. BCSSC funds visits to approved local therapists and counselors for family, loved ones, and patients diagnosed with breast cancer.
Uncovered Medical Expense Assistance
BCSSC can assist with uncovered medical or prescription costs associated with breast cancer treatment. Access is simple - all we need is a copy of the bill for an uncovered service.
Transportation cost assistance
American Cancer Society
(ACS) provides mileage reimbursement. BCSSC can help when that resource is exhausted.
BCSSC sponsored program in the fall of 2003 that allowed a group of breast cancer survivors and their families to experience the healing power of friends and of nature, in the supportive care of River Dancers
2004 - BCSSC partnered with Mercy Mt. Shasta to sponsor a cancer support group, "Circles of Healing", using a heart-based approach to explore the gifts and challenges to be found within the cancer experience.
In 2004 and 2007, BCSSC donated to the two hospices in our county, to assist with uncovered services for breast cancer patients.
Think Pink Support
In 2005, BCSSC sponsored on of the informational brochures included in the annual local October Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
BCSSC joined with our community to donate $2500 toward Mercy Foundation North's campaign to purchase computer-aided-detection (CAD) equipment to improve mammography services in Mount Shasta.
Yoga After Breast Cancer
Nurturing to body, mind, and spirit. Shasta Yoga offered BCSSC-sponsored yoga classes from 2004 - 2009.