Shango, Breast Friends Partner for Breast Cancer Support

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Five area dispensaries contribute more than $6,000 to fund support services

Shango Delivers Their Donation to Breast Friends For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“We’ve gotten a whole new perspective for cannabis,” said Breast Friends Co-Founder Becky Olson.

The perseverance of the owners of Shango Premium Cannabis in the Portland area paid off for the Breast Friends charity when they were the beneficiaries of a check for $6,264.50 from sales of pink merchandise for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After being turned down by three national breast cancer charities, the owners of five Shango dispensaries turned to Breast Friends, a smaller national group based in Tigard.

“We’ve gotten a whole new perspective for cannabis,” said Breast Friends Co-Founder Becky Olson.

Shango owners representing five area dispensaries presented the check from pink merchandise sales at the Breast Friends annual open house. The group was celebrating receiving funds of nearly $30,000 from October events. The money will go toward support services.

“It was fabulous,” Olson said of the event. “I could not believe how big that check was both in physical size and the amount it was. That was incredible. We are so thankful.”

Shango donated 50 percent of net proceeds of pink merchandise sales in Oregon to Breast Friends. Retail pricing ranged from $15 to $26 for hats, T-shirts, socks and beanies.

“A lot of people came up to me and said they had no idea they were going to do that,” Olson said. “It was quite the surprise and they sent a large contingent to deliver it.”

Breast Friends believes that no woman should go through the cancer experience alone. Unfortunately, it happens. Women with friends and family nearby often fail to receive the kind of emotional, spiritual or physical support they need. Breast Friends programs are designed to ensure proper support is given and received. Every woman in America will be touched by breast cancer or other women’s cancers in her lifetime. One in eight women will be diagnosed, and the other seven will know her. The goal is to reach the seven in order to help the one.

“If you want to do something to help breast cancer, we should look everywhere,” Olson said. “We’re happy to become partners with Shango. We would love to make this a permanent relationship.”

Battling cancer for the fourth time, Olson has decided to give cannabis including CBD extractions, a try.

“We’re going out to the Hillsboro store for a private session for breast cancer survivors to go in and have private conversations,” Olson said.

Shango sold pink and black merchandise at all five retail Oregon dispensary locations. Shango Forest Grove, Shango Hillsboro, Shango Harold, Shango Win Sivers and Shango Molalla dispensaries participated in the fundraising drive.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Shango to be able to help out a charity with the foresight to recognize the potential benefits of medical cannabis for both pre- and post-surgery situations,” said Julie Dubocq, Controller at Shango. “We admire their courage.”

Shango will be offering private sessions for anyone fighting cancer. Shango locations will be open on Sundays one week every quarter to start out.

“If someone fighting cancer needs special attention, we will give it to them,” Dubocq said.

Breast Friends has taken a pro approach to cannabis during their weekly internet radio show.

“There is so much of a misconception out there about marijuana and it was sad for me that some tuned out, but in the end it was awesome that so many did. We’re going to make even more strides with awareness of therapies to turn to,” Olson said.

Olson said the show draws 10,000 to 15,000 downloads a month to the web outlet VoiceAmerica.com, a health and wellness channel at that airs live at 10 a.m. on Fridays and is archived by searching for Breast Friends on the site. Shango representatives will be guests on the show later this month.

“Breast Friends’ mission is helping women survive the trauma of cancer one friend at a time,” said Allison Hancock, event and volunteer coordinator for the Oregon chapter. “We are thankful for the support that Shango is giving to Breast Friends to raise awareness and help us continue to offer services and programs to women who are going through the cancer journey.”

Breast Friends is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for female cancer patients. The organization teaches friends and family specific ways to offer support, helps them understand what their loved one is going through, and suggests resources for the woman and for those who care about her. A number of programs developed by Breast Friends have proven valuable in assisting and reassuring the patient, her friends and family.

Breast Friends’ governing body is made up of a national board including the two co-founders, executive officers, and board members who also oversee the Oregon affiliate.

Breast Friends was founded in Oregon in 2000, the first of many affiliates. The group has helped thousands of local patients and their families and is the testing ground for all Breast Friends programs. The Oregon affiliate has a prosthesis, bra and wig closet and offers products free to women who have little or no funds available to purchase them. The group’s Facebook page is Breast Friends of Oregon.

Shango Premium Cannabis stores are located at Shango Forest Grove, 3821 Pacific Avenue, Building A, Forest Grove; Shango Harold, 8056 SE Harold St., (Located at 82nd and Foster), Portland; Shango Hillsboro, 1775 SE Tualatin Valley Highway, Building A, Hillsboro; Shango Molalla, 109 W Main Street, Molalla; and Shango Win Sivers, 6033 NE Win Sivers Drive, (by the airport), Portland.

About Shango
Shango is a premium cannabis brand licensed to a full range of award-winning cannabis products, including flower, extracts and cannabis-infused edibles, produced by select cultivators and processors in Oregon, Nevada and Washington. The Shango brand also is licensed to six full-service recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries in Oregon and Nevada. A recognized leader in the cannabis marketplace and industry, Shango sets the highest standards for product quality and consistency, and business conduct. Shango is committed to cannabis education and is a fierce advocate of the safe and responsible use of cannabis products.

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