Our Founder

Our Founder

Meet Wendy McCoole, a breast cancer survivor and activist.

Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 at the age of 42 … the same age her mother, Joanne Dodge, was initially diagnosed. Unfortunately, Wendy’s mother lost her 4th battle with breast cancer in February 2012.

Shortly after Wendy completed her treatments in 2004, she founded the non-profit organization BreastCancerStories– an online story-sharing site where people going through treatment can stay in touch with loved ones and connect with other patients who are going through (or have gone through) a similar experience.

The site was not only inspired by her mother who was true breast cancer support activist, but also by the reaction Wendy received to her own online journal affectionately nicknamed “Bald Wendy.”

In her online journal,Wendy shared candid thoughts about how she was feeling physically and emotionally, and displayed photos of her head being shaved in preparation for chemo, her chemo team at the cancer center, and even photos of her nieces and nephew painting her head like an Easter egg.

To her surprise the site was shared by hundreds of people, many of whom she didn’t know but who thanked her for honestly and candidly telling her story online. It helped them to not feel so alone.

In 2011, our organization decided to focus its efforts on helping local patients by launching a new initiative called My Breast Cancer Support. Since then the organization has helped hundreds of patients throughout the Greater Seacoast NH/ME area to stay on a path toward wellness.

I am so grateful for the help you are giving me … I'm overwhelmed! It will be a tremendous burden off of my mind and heart. It's such a relief not to have to worry so much about finances during this time. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
$500 Grant Recipient

We're Here To Help

If you or a loved one needs support during your breast cancer journey please reach out to the My Breast Cancer Support team.

Our Community Partners

Northeast Credit Union
New England Cancer Specialists
Southern Maine Health Care
Womens Life Imaging Center
York Hospital
Exeter Hospital
Betty J. Borry Breast Cancer Retreats
Yoga in Action
Went Worth Marina
Kennebunk Savings
Eastern Bank
Portsmouth Hospital
953 The Bull
Planet Fitness
Seacoast Media Group
Northeast Foot and Ankle
BeaverDam Campground
kirk Communications
Club Boutique City Shoes
Espresso Daves
First Seacoast Bank
White Birch Armory
Boutique Leslie Bridal
Seacoast Sports Club
Flatbread Company
AW Plastic Surgery
Portsmouth Physical Therapy
Seacoast United
Warrens Lobster House
Seacoast Harley-Davidson
Abenaqui Womens Golf
Moore Fight Moore
Cochecho Country Club
Berwick Academy
On the Go Hair Designs