ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis Selects First Deputy Director

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Kim Melcher named Deputy Director of ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis.

As part of its continued expansion, ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis announced today that Kim Melcher will serve as its first Deputy Director. Most recently the Coordinator for the Wisconsin Well Woman Program for Milwaukee County (suburban communities), Kim brings over 15 years of public health experience to this new role, including work with multi-state hospital systems, breast cancer support funders, health plans and healthcare professionals.

As Deputy Director, Kim will supervise and guide the growth of ABCD’s free, personalized one-to-one support services for people affected by breast cancer.

That growth encompasses integration of the continuum of ABCD’s personalized services, from its immediate support Helpline, which will soon operate 24/7, through and including customized peer mentor matching. In addition, Kim will oversee and expand ABCD’s recruitment, training and ongoing education/support programs for its 400+ mentor corps of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors.

Founded in 1999 by Emmy Award-winning journalist, Melodie Wilson Oldenburg, ABCD provides free, personalized information and one-to-one support to people affected by breast cancer – patients, families and friends. Ahead of its time in the field of cancer survivorship service, ABCD’s continuum of free services includes immediate support from Helpline Mentors, connection to personalized resources from Resource Mentors and, ABCD’s signature service, ongoing customized support from Match Mentors.

ABCD is in the midst of dramatic expansion with deeper levels of service in southeast Wisconsin and broader service statewide. In addition, ABCD’s services, which are provided via telephone and internet, are increasingly provided across the nation.

This expansion is part of a multi-year strategic plan to transform the expectations for breast cancer support and empower survivors for a healing journey.

For more information, visit http://www.abcdbreastcancersupport.org or call 414.977.1780.

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