The New York State Breast Cancer Support and Education Network (SEN) is the only statewide network of community-based breast cancer organizations in New York. SEN facilitates member organizations sharing programs and resources, inter-organization referrals for services, and a support and education system for those who are working each day in the fight against breast cancer.
In the mid-1990s, a dozen or so free-standing, community-based, grass-roots breast cancer groups existed in communities throughout New York State. Each group was struggling to create programs, infrastructure, and support systems in their individual communities. With the exception of the Long Island groups, very few groups knew about the other groups, much less how to contact each other to share information and concerns, and no central organization existed to facilitate that contact.
In spring, 1998, a few of these groups found each other and decided to create a network to facilitate communication among them. This was the beginning of SEN.
Over the past six years, SEN has grown to include over 20 groups comprised of breast cancer-related service organizations and advocacy groups. Each year SEN member organizations provide support and education services to over 100,000 people and families affected by breast cancer throughout the state in communities that stretch from Buffalo to Long Island.
Please join us in our work.