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My Breast Cancer Support’s mission is to provide financial and emotional support to breast cancer patients and their families on the seacoast of New Hampshire and in southern Maine.

My Breast Cancer Support was founded in 2005 (originally named “BreastCancerStories” which was an online story-sharing site where people going through treatment could stay in touch with loved ones and connect with others who were going through (or went through) similar experiences). 

In 2011, My Breast Cancer Support was officially renamed and shifted focus to help local patients on the seacoast of New Hampshire and in southern Maine. We do this by partnering with hospitals and cancer centers to distribute New Patient Bags, fulfill Patient Assistance Grants, and supply gift cards to Hope Chests. MBCS also partners with local organizations with similar goals to wrap our arms around our neighbors, sisters, and their families as they deal with breast cancer diagnoses and the impact of treatments.

My Breast Cancer Support is an independent NH 501C3 non-profit organization with no affiliation to any local or national cancer organizations.

Jennie Halstead

Jennie

Jennie, our Executive Director, was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in 2010. She joined the MyBCS Board of Directors in 2012…

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Kathy Lijoi

Kathy Lijoi

Kathy is the President of the MyBCS Board and she is a 24+ year breast cancer survivor. Kathy devotes so much love and enthusiasm to our mission…

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Christine Chrysafidis

Christine Chrysafidis

Christine, MyBCS Treasurer, attended the Evening By The Sea Gala event and joined the board shortly thereafter…

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Lisa Keslar

Lisa Keslar

Lisa, MyBCS Secretary, lives in Durham and she’s a mom to three great kids and two dogs. Also, she co-owns Keslar Insurance in Newmarket…

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Pat Leyman

Pat Leyman

Pat lives in Greenland with her husband Bob.  Together they run Lancaster Communications Group, a cloud and network consulting…

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Amy Howard

Amy Howard

Amy has been on the MyBCS board for several years and she actively supports all fundraising and MyBCS events…

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Stephanie Retrosi

Stephanie Retrosi

Stephanie went to her first Evening by the Sea Gala in 2022 and then was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 3 months later. She joined the Board in March 2023…

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Lauren Zanetti

Lauren Zanetti

Lauren lives in Rye, NH with her husband, Anthony, and son, Bruno.  She has been an oncology Physician Assistant for 7 years; first at MD Anderson Cancer Center…

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Katharine Libby

Katherine Libby

Katharine resides in York, ME, alongside her husband, Kevin, daughter, Vivienne, and their beloved dog, Charlie. Having courageously confronted Breast Cancer at the age of 32…

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Tina Saltmarsh

Tina Saltmarsh

Tina’s first experience with MyBCS was as a participant in the Celebrate Pink 5K event in 2012 and then she joined the CP5K Planning Committee for several years…

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Shelley Violette

Shelley Violette

Shelley was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2020. While recovering from a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction, she happily joined…

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Community Partners

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