The Olive Branch of Hope (TOBOH) is a non-profit charitable organization founded by breast cancer survivors in 1999 and incorporated in 2001.
Few of us are prepared to deal with the reality of cancer. Cancer threatens everything - your health, your work, your independence, your future and your life.
Every year in Canada more than 17,000 women learn that they have breast cancer.
These women vary in age, culture and lifestyle. At The Olive Branch of Hope, we provide help and information to newly diagnosed women who are seeking help and support at this difficult time. We also have a special program for women of faith "Spiritually Speaking". We are concerned about the whole woman, body, soul, and spirit not just her cancer.
Our support group meets on a monthly basis and provides emotional and social support to patients, their friends and family members. Our group is not solely comprised of women who are currently afflicted with cancer, but also with those who have survived it and who now want to learn more about the disease. Through this knowledge, they are increasing their awareness about the disease, and becoming a greater source of help and encouragement to their loved ones.
Our mission is to bring awareness to our diverse community. We recognize that with the continual change in our demographics many women find that their needs are not met in the mainstream support groups. The Olive Branch of Hope strives to close the gap that stands between women in need of support and the services provided.
We also have a strong focus on women of African Heritage who are often diagnosed at a much younger age than their white counterparts with a more aggressive form of the disease. By providing information and literature to them, we encourage regular screening as a preventative measure and emphasize a healthy diet.