Mission: The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.
Results: NBCF has provided over 937,000 patient services since 2001 through their network of hospitals. With rising healthcare costs, many uninsured or underinsured women cannot afford the cost of screening and diagnostic tests. By providing free mammograms and breast care services to underserved women, NBCF will increase the early detection of breast cancer which will lead to higher survival rates.
Facilities within the screening and diagnostics program continue to report that because of grant funding from NBCF, they are able to help women in their areas that did not qualify for state or local funds to access mammography services. Any life that is saved is an example of the success of the program.
Target demographics: Underserved and uninsured women
Geographic areas served: Throughout the United States
Programs: Screening and Diagnostics/Patient Navigation Services:
Through its screening and diagnostics program, NBCF partners with medical facilities across the country to provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to underserved women. In addition, this program requires that medical facilities within its network have the capacity to continue treatment after an abnormal finding or diagnosis of breast cancer. The program’s network includes 84 medical facilities in all 50 states.
While NBCF provides free breast care services through its screening and diagnostic program, sometimes those in need are unaware that the program exists. Through patient navigation programs at medical facilities within their network, NBCF is able to promote early detection procedures to those that need it most. NBCF’s Patient Navigator Program is a proactive approach to helping patients overcome the barriers of cost, fear, and misinformation about a disease and its prevention. By helping underserved women to navigate the healthcare system, navigators help ensure timely diagnosis and treatment and provide the vision that gives women hope.
Early Detection/Awareness Education:
NBCF’s Early Detection Plan is an interactive tool and iPhone and Android app that promotes breast health education by creating a plan to help detect the disease in its early stages. It enables women to be proactive about their health by reminding them to schedule appropriate doctor appointments.
Beyond the Shock® is a step-by-step guide to understanding the diagnosis of breast cancer presented in an interactive online website and mobile app. It allows those affected by breast cancer to learn about breast cancer, ask and answer questions in a safe and supportive online community, and hear inspirational stories from breast cancer survivors.
The Breast Health Education Program provides breast cancer education and early detection services to women at community outreaches across the country. NBCF educates women about the importance of early detection and informs them about resources that are available in their community. Women are given the opportunity to receive free clinical breast exams from nurse practitioners.
Breast Cancer Research:
NBCF strives to help find the cure for breast cancer by working with some of the finest scientists in the world. Funding is provided to MD Anderson Cancer Center as they apply comprehensive team science to improve treatment and clinical outcomes for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC). This dual focus stems from recent studies that point to remarkable similarities in the underlying molecular events that cause these two rare, aggressive cancers.
National Breast Cancer Foundation is a wonderful organization to work with. The staff is extremely friendly, and passionate about the work they do. They are fully committed to providing help, and being a resource to those affected by breast cancer. I have been very impressed with the organization overall.
I was trying to find a local nonprofit that provided breast cancer awareness for the community. The staff was very nice and thoughtful when it came to our fundraiser's progress. They even gave us a care package just for providing our support.
On Valentine's Day my aunt passed away from Breast Cancer. My sister and I decided we wanted to give back. So we started a fundraising page through NBCF! With the help of my friends and family we raised $600! I had a great time and I would love to do this again next year!
Oromill Lumber held a fundraiser back in October for the NBCF and it far exceeded our vision. We started planning this event in July and invited small business, schools, the public and dignitaries from our city to attend. We held our event on a Saturday and entertained, fed and raised money with raffles, baked goods, great food, live music, a classic car show, a kids zone and were amazed by the people that donated, participated and attended. Most donors had a connection with breast cancer. Either they knew someone who had passed, fought, or is fighting breast cancer. We raised almost $10,000.00 for the NBCF in just 3 months. We look forward to promoting, informing and raising money for the NBCF next year!! Thank you NBCF for allowing Oromill Lumber to help take a bite out of cancer!!!
I belong to a Motorcycle Club and we wanted to hold a car/bike wash with a charity to give back. We selected Breast Cancer as we have two members who mother passed of this. So while raising money at the car wash we also requested donation for BC cause. The car wash was a success and so was the donations for the national breast cancer foundation. We exceeded our goal and we all had fun while bring awareness to the community. We provided arm bands, literature and different giveaways that supporting the cause. The website was easy to use and create and we are glad to give back to the community.
I am impressed by the high standards of NBCF. The staff is dedicated to serving our community. The Mesquite AMBUCS welcome the staff back anytime to speak to our members. We are friends and partners with NBCF.
I decided to hold a "pink-out" at our low income charter school due to the lack of information or students and parents have about breast cancer. The event was a success and everyone took home brochures about breast cancer awareness. We even managed to raise some money for the cause while we were at it : ) This wouldn't have been possible without help from the NBCF sending us brochures and pink ribbons in order for us to raise money. It was a very easy process and i look forward to doing it again next year : )
For the past 7 years I have been producing/hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Tennis Tournament at our local fitness center, Peninsula Community Center, in Redwood City, California. Each year I register up to 64 tennis players, and they come out for a morning or afternoon to help raise money that will go to Breast Cancer Awareness programs. This year National Breast Cancer Foundation was one of our recipients!
We have groups of 16 ladies at a time come out for food, tennis, raffles, silent auctions and a lot of fun!
This BCA Tennis Tournament was created after I had two friends diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I didn't know what I could do to help, so I decided to do something with the two things I love ----TENNIS and FRIENDS! The ladies all pay a registration fee to play and then help out even more by purchasing raffle tickets, bidding on auction items or making direct donations.
We also provide a table with information on Breast Cancer Awareness literature, and many times we have a survivor come to pass along information about the importance of self exams and regular check ups.
We have a blast each year getting together while doing something good. Our club's motto is about building "community" and we certainly have built a strong supportive community through this annual tournament.