A decade ago, when a close friend of Cheri Ambrose’s was diagnosed with breast cancer, this normally vibrant, outgoing man became a virtual shell of his former self, hiding his diagnosis and himself from the outside world. Certain that there must be others like him, Cheri embarked on a crusade to find them, and bring male breast cancer “into the light” so that no man would ever have to suffer alone again like her friend. In 2013, she created one of the first male breast cancer organizations, The Blue Wave, to bring her message to the public in New Jersey. She then built a partnership with Susan G. Komen (North Jersey Affiliate), and together, they built Komen’s first formalized Male Breast Cancer Awareness campaign in the country. A year later, Cheri founded the Male Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) as a virtual gathering place for men with breast cancer, and as a source of information and guidance for navigating the often-difficult journey of a male breast cancer diagnosis. She started connecting with other male survivors and began documenting their stories.
Today, that number has surpassed 700 and includes male survivors from all over the United States and every corner of the globe. Over the years, we have worked tirelessly to extend our reach—educating, enlightening and engaging the world about male breast cancer by building awareness through the knowledge and experiences of survivors and experts. Through this work, we became the definitive worldwide organization for male breast cancer survivors and volunteers, and a recognized leader in a wide spectrum of cancer-related advocacy and awareness campaigns.
To reflect this growth, we have redefined and expanded our mission and purpose. We are proud to introduce a renewed, revitalized, global organization that is setting the bar for advocating for men with breast cancer. The Male Breast Cancer Global Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit, more closely aligns with who we are and what we do, and how much more we hope to accomplish in the future. We will continue to bring together men with breast cancer and researchers, clinicians and oncologists around the world for the purpose of advancing research, clinical trials and treatments for men diagnosed with breast cancer. And we reaffirm our promise to continue advocating for all men diagnosed with breast cancer to ensure that they receive equal access to support and treatment, and be appropriately represented in research and clinical trials.