Retreats' History

Betty J. Borry Breast Cancer Retreats is the umbrella nonprofit organization-- home of the BJB Retreats and Adventure Weekend. BJBBCR was established in 2002 as a 501(c)(3).

Adventure Weekend in Betty’s eyes was the “beginning of the journey” for women of all ages and stages of breast cancer. In 2002, Cynthia Cote with the founding Board members  envisioned the “continuation of the journey.”  Cynthia, still in treatment for breast cancer, had found overwhelming understanding, support and strength when she attended the very first Adventure Weekend in 1995.

"Adventure Weekend taught me about support. We were all in different places-- some of us still in treatment, some just diagnosed and others who had been diagnosed and out of treatment for five to 10 years. Different places, but we all understood each other.”

Cynthia expanded upon Betty's vision so women could meet throughout the year and maintain and nuture the powerful relationships formed at Adventure Weekend.

Since 1995, Cynthia has returned each year to welcome and support the hundreds of women who have attended Adventure Weekend and the Betty J. Borry Breast Cancer Retreats she created so her sisters could stay connected.  

While BJB Retreats welcome Adventure Weekend alumnae, we also encourage any woman, living after breast cancer to attend. Like Adventure Weekend, BJB Retreats uses adventure based activities to bring together women to prevail and thrive.