Who We Are.

We are straight, lesbian, single, partnered, with children and without. We welcome all survivors – from the newly diagnosed, to those battling recurrent or metastatic disease, to long-term survivors. We are a diverse and compassionate group of women, diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45, and united by our passion to survive this disease.



BAYS offers monthly support group meetings with free childcare, an active online network, and community-building events for young women with breast cancer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Community-building events have included social events like hikes, picnics, holiday parties, and work days at the BAYS Memorial Garden at Dorothy Erskine Park, in addition to book readings and working the annual San Francisco Pride parade. They have also included educational events on reiki and healing touch therapy, medical marijuana, lymphedema, and physical intimacy after cancer.

BAYS also offers a special support group called Mets in the City (MITC) for members with metastatic breast cancer.


In our support group and online community, BAYS members share some issues that are common to all people with cancer and others that are unique to young women with breast cancer. These issues include, but are not limited to, treatment options, doctor/patient relationships, side effect management, body image after surgery/treatment, dating/relationships/sex, early menopause/loss of fertility, reproductive/parenting options, caring for young children, career path, recurrence/progression, life after treatment/the new normal, death and dying, and thriving and surviving.


For more information about BAYS and our finances, please see our Profile through Guide Star.


BAYS is a support group and does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


BAYS members share three core principles:

We respect one another’s diversity.
~ Our members have a range of backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences.

We respect one another’s choices.
~Our members listen with compassion and without judgment.

We respect one another’s privacy.
~Our members hold all communications in complete confidence.