The 2013 Dee Courtwright Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Becky Chase, President of Bosom Buddies Inc. at the Kick Up Your Heels Fashion Show and Luncheon held at the Scottsdale Hilton Hotel. This award, named after one of Bosom Buddies’ founders, honors a volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and service to […]
Bosom Buddies of Arizona is an organization of caring volunteers who have personal experience dealing with the challenges of breast cancer. Our mission is to provide support through the sharing of common experiences and knowledge. Bosom Buddies has monthly breast cancer support groups, a 24/7 hotline, educational programs, and a free breast cancer newsletter. Our goal is to assure women they are not alone in their journey through breast cancer.
If you have found a breast lump, have been diagnosed with breast cancer, have a friend or loved one who might benefit from our services, use our support or just need someone to talk to, please call or e-mail us.
- Call our hotline and an operator will link you to a trained breast cancer survivor to answer your questions. Hotline: 602.231.6648
- You can also send an e-mail to email@example.com. Though we act as quickly as possible to answer your e-mail questions or provide information, it may take up to 24 hours for you to receive a response from someone on our team. If your needs are more immediate, please call our hotline.
- If you would like more information about our support groups, please see our support page.
Please check our web page Breast Cancer Information Resources for information on our free publication “Navigating Your Breast Cancer Journey – Maricopa County Resources”.
From Amanda, a member of our Circle of Help Advanced Breast Cancer group: “I was diagnosed in 2009 with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. For a long time I couldn’t find assistance for my needs. Finally I was introduced to Bosom Buddies. From then on I was filled with so much information. The group of women there are so amazing. We give each other moral support, strength, and comfort during the rough days of our journey with Metastatic Breast cancer. Metastatic Breast cancer needs financial support and knowledge more now than ever. One way we are getting some assistance is through the Bosom Buddies clothing bins, these bins are placed around the city.” (Her daughter shares: The meetings are extended to the families as well. I am able to talk freely about my fears and have made great friends.)
Kick Up Your Heels Luncheon-A Smashing Success
The attendance of 150 guests at this year’s Fashion Show and Volunteer Luncheon far exceeded expectations. Our luncheon, an annual event usually held in October, provides an opportunity for our longtime supporters and volunteers to get together in a social venue. Kiss Me Kate Fashions graciously provided the fashions worn by our models. The models were especially poignant as they were all breast cancer survivors who devoted their time. The Scottsdale Hilton provided outstanding service in a beautiful setting that accommodated a wide range of numbers of guests. Thrilling us with their presence were 3 of Bosom Buddies founders: Lois Boubong, Mary O’Hanlon, and Dee Courtwright.
Presented were the Bosom Buddies 2013 volunteers. These included the hot line volunteers who answer our 24/7 calls, our breast cancer support group facilitators, our community events volunteers, and our Board of Directors. This dedicated group of volunteers provide many hours of service to our organization.Left to right: Kathy, Paula, Sandra, Becky, Fran, June, Judy, Kaye, and Lula.
Honored with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award were Wanda & Robert Vonderhaar. Wanda has been a Past President of Bosom Buddies, along with many other roles in Bosom Buddies. Throughout the years her husband Robert has been there with her, helping move the office and furniture, toting boxes back and forth to the conventions and many other things.