Vision, Mission and History

VisionA world where no one impacted by breast cancer feels uninformed or alone.

MissionTo connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.

HistoryIn 1991 Marisa C. Weiss, MD, a radiation oncologist, was looking for resources and support for her patients who had completed treatment for early-stage breast cancer. She realized that little was available and what she could find often wasn’t useful. To address this, she held a conference with the help of some of her patients. Their goal was to provide a safe space where women could gain accurate and easy-to-understand breast cancer information from medical experts, while finding and connecting with each other.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) was founded.

To address the needs of the ever-expanding group of women seeking information, LBBC organized two annual conferences and produced a quarterly educational newsletter. Several years later, LBBC introduced the Breast Cancer Helpline (formerly the Survivors’ Helpline), which provides peer support services from volunteers with a personal history of breast cancer. These interactions with LBBC empowered them to make sense of their “new normal” and provided a place to interact with others sharing this experience.

In 1996 LBBC’s volunteer leadership named Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, the organization’s first executive director (now chief executive officer). Since then, she has grown our annual budget from $100,000 to more than $5 million. Ms. Sachs carefully assembled a talented and dedicated staff and cultivated and engaged a board of directors that has allowed LBBC to reach people around the country with high quality and easy-to-access information.