|Area:||Gauteng, South Africa|
|Phone:||+27 (0)11 689 1499|
|Cell:||+27 (0)79 745 3557 /+27 (0)83 897 0221|
|After Hours Number:||+27 (0)72 849 2901|
|Contact Person:||Thea Oosthuizen / Sandra Strydom|
Reach for Recovery Breast Cancer Support Group
Reach for Recovery was started in 1952 in the USA when Mrs Terese Lasser, a mastectomy patient, realised that not enough was being done for those whose life had changed dramatically after breast cancer. She understood the importance of the role that personal support, by women who had experienced breast cancer, played in helping newly diagnosed women return to their previous life as quickly as possible after their surgery.
Mrs Lasser visited South Africa in 1967 and Reach for Recovery was established shortly afterwards. South Africa was one of the first countries to establish a similar programme to the one that was launched in America.
Reach for Recovery is thus affiliated to Reach for Recovery International (RRI) which is a comprehensive non medical programme created to help women with breast cancer. It is a self help group based on the premise that former breast cancer patients, now physically and emotionally healthy can relate in a unique and positive way to new patients with breast cancer.
There are no charges. Reach for Recovery is a free and voluntary support group. The group’s service is available with her doctor’s approval, or to any women who requests it.
Reach for Recovery receives no state funding. It is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (P.B.O No 930 011 568) and as a Non-Profit Organisation (N.P.O. 043-723-NPO)
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