Board of Directors

Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County (BCAG) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of breast cancer survivors who raise funds and awareness to improve the lives of local breast cancer patients and their families.

Kimberly Allen


Susan Jordan

Vice President

Diana Trapani

Diana Trapani


Mary Surbridge

Corresponding Secretary

Susan Greenbaum


Patty Gomez Solis


Barbara Steele


Jane Sullivan


Susan Osorio


Stephanie Cota


Our Mission

"We want to help other women with this disease as we would want to be helped ourselves."

Our History

The organization was founded in 1997 by four women with breast cancer who felt that this community’s assistance to women with their disease could be broader and more thoughtfully conceived. Specifically, these founders were moved by the pro-active approach and attitude of a close friend who had not survived.

First, they envisioned a single site dedicated to women with breast cancer, a place where women would be treated with particular understanding of their needs with a medical team approach. Their vision, in addition to their fundraising efforts, contributed to the development of the Breast Care Center which Community Hospital of Monterey County (CHOMP) opened in 2002.

patient listening to doctor
Pink Ribbon and HOPE word on hands, Breast cancer awareness

Second they had helped each other with peer counseling through their early years with breast cancer. Their efforts contributed to the development of a Patient Navigator Program and several Cancer Support groups currently administered by the CHOMP Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society.

The third objective of BCAG founders was educational, to supply relevant information about breast cancer to patients, survivors and their families through regular public meetings with guest speakers.

Breast cancer awareness pink ribbon for Wear pink day charity in october month for woman health and patient survivor fighting with breast tumor illness (bow isolated with clipping path)