I am a Nurse Navigator for the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital. When patients are first diagnosed with breast cancer they are raw from the whirlwind of testing, biopsies surgeries and ultimately chemotherapy or radiation. Part of our navigation is to offer them comfort and stabiltiy during this journey as well as getting them into their treatment course. When I offer them financial assistance from the BCEAF in the form of bill payment or food assistance they feel so comforted in the fact that someone "out there" is thinking about them and wants to help.
The help they receive is so vital to them as many are losing time at work and don't know how they will juggle the demands of chemotherapy with their daily living expenses.
It is truly a "bright spot "in their treatment course that puts a smile on their faces.
Thank You to the BCEAF for helping my patients continue to heal with hope for the future.
I've had the privilege of interacting with the Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation (BCEAF) since it was founded several years ago. As a psychosocial clinician in a busy community based cancer center, I deal with many women facing breast cancer who are in need of extra support. I would describe the BCEAF as an extraordinary organization wholeheartedly committed to helping provide breast cancer patients with financial assistance for non-medical needs. I have submitted dozens of requests over the years for assistance with things such as rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, and groceries. The BCEAF is incredibly efficient in responding to requests with a reliable and greatly appreciated 48-hour turnaround. at maximum. Patient feedback has been 100% positive. I have had patients remark on how touched they are to receive a hand-written note from BCEAF to let them know a bill has been paid. Others have come back to me in tears of gratitude because they can now buy groceries for their family. Aside from being a very professional organization, the BCEAF is also truly caring and compassionate; their staff brings a personal touch to the services provided and helps ease the burden on our breast cancer patients during an already stressful time in their lives. The BCEAF really makes a difference, and we sincerely appreciate the ongoing support of this outstanding organization.
I wanted to sincerely thank you for helping me obtain food card assistance for two of my breast cancer patients over the last year. Since we do not have a social worker on staff, our nurse navigators help with obtaining concrete services for patients. You walked me through the process and made it easy to apply for both the patients and me! The patient recipients were overjoyed with receiving this assistance from the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. It fills a niche that other sources of funding do not. Again, many thanks for your support.
I would personally like to commend the contribution of the Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation to our Breast Cancer patients at the Rowan Breast Center at the Abramson Cancer Center, of the University of Pennsylvania. I have been fortunate to witness first hand the gratitude the patients feel for an organization to lift some of the immense financial burden off their shoulders. Few organizations include financial assistance for non medical needs. Our patients are consistently requesting financial resources for their monthly expenses, at times the payment of these necessities is a priority that often overshadows and interferes with treatment related issues.
Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation helps lessen the stressors associated with patients’ financial hardships. The staff is wonderful, concerned and caring, and the process for accessing their grant is seamless.
I have had the pleasure of working with BCEAF for about 6 months being new to Yale New Haven Hospital.
It is such a relief to know that this agency exist and is helping women with breast cancer.
The application process is simple.
Thank you BCEAF for Caring and helping women from all cultures.
Over the past two years the BCEAF has been able to help so many of my patients struggling to pay bills because of the effect that their breast cancer diagnosis has had on them financially. So many of them have to go on disability because it is too difficult to work or they develop complications. BCEAF provides them financial help with a portion of their rent, utility bill or gift cards to buy groceries. As a Nurse Navigator who works with patients diagnosed with breast cancer, I see the relief this financial help provides to the patients.
As a oncology social worker I have had the pleasure of working staff at The Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation, Inc, for over 5 years. It is a wonderfully responsive organization that provides financial assistance to women diagnosed with breast cancer. While the patient and family members cope with many additional financial and emotional stressors, they are surprised and delighted to learn that there are caring , generous people and organizations that will "Really just pay a bill for me?!". The appliction process is not complicated, and turn around time is remarkably speedy. The relief and appreciation of recipients is palpable. I extend a big THANK YOU, on their behalf and a hope that the funds keep flowing.
Andrea Seigerman, LCSW Smilow Cancer Hospital
The Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation is one of a kind. Their financial assistance for breast cancer patients make such a difference. Many of the patients that they have helped are women that are dealing with breast cancer treatment and trying to run a household, parent children, and hold down a job. The Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation has helped many of these women keep their apartment or home or keep food on the table.
As a Patient Navigator at New York Presbyterian Hospital I feel so lucky to be able to call on the women at the BCEAF when I have a women at need.
They are tops!
THROUGH THIS ORGANIZATION I HAVE HELPED OVER 20 WOMEN. THE LADIES ARE GRATEFUL FOR THIS HELP. MANY OF THESE WOMEN ARE UNABLE TO WORK, BECAUSE OF
THEIR TREATMENTS AND WITH LESS INCOME THEY STRUGGLE TO PAY THEIR BILLS AND
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOUNDATION FOR ALLOWING ME TO HELP THESE LADIES.
I would like to submit a review for the Emergency Breast Cancer Foundation. This orginization has been a life saver to so many of our patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer. They have gone above and beyond to assist us to assit them in getting anything from food to repairs on their cars so they can get to treatment. The financial burden facing those with cancer is so often the straw that breaks the camel's back--it is just one more stress to deal with during a frightening time. Often these women lose their jobs and are struggling daily. Without the help of the BCEAF, many of these women would be in even more dire straights. The dedication and passion of the volunteers of the BCEAF is top notch!!
I am an oncology social worker at Smilow Cancer Hospital, meeting many women effected not only by their disease, but also by the emotional and financial devastation that is often present.
There are a number of truly wonderful organizations we turn to for support. However, none are more generous, responsive and compassionate than Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation. I have only unconditional praise for the work they do and the staff that executes it.
Thank you for whatever support you may provide this excellent organization.
Lina Chase, LCSW
Oncology Social Worker
Smilow Cancer Hospital
We have just granted monies for the second year to Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation. This all volunteer organization has provided financial assistance to so many of the underinsured and uninsured breast cancer survivors and their families with non medical needs in our community.
This organization is run with the utmost professionalism and "heart". They do not want to turn anyone away.
From a compliance perspective, they are very timely in adhering to their reporting requirements and with attention to evey last detail.
As a coordinator for women recently diagnosed with breast cancer, I have had been most fortunate to be able to work with The Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation, INC on behalf of those women. This organization helps those with financial hardship.. As you can imagine, being told that you have breast cancer is an overwhelming experience. Often, household income is reduced as women work their way through treatment. BCEAF is always there to give a hand, to pay a bill that is looming over the persons head, to pay for food for that person and her family, or to provide financial aid for any other emergent need that can cause such distress. The communication with this organization is excellent and they respond to the patients needs quickly and with the utmost respect and care. It is apparent that they are passionate about their work and their number one goal is to help these women at a very difficult time. I am very grateful for their help and support of our patients. Joanne Ballerini RN, Breast Care Coordinator, Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital
I enthusiastically support the Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation (BCEAF) and the incredible work they do on behalf of breast cancer patients. Financial challenges during cancer treatment are not unusual, however, there are few resources available to help with the non-medical expenses that come up for patients. The BCEAF has helped patients with costs of automobile repairs, child care, groceries and utility bills. They have helped to pay for breast prostheses, wigs and lympedema garments when those costs are not covered byinsurance or for patients who are uninsured. The benefit to the patient goes far beyond the grant. During what is typically a difficult and highly stressful time, patients are able to focus their attention and energy into their healing, feeling supported and cared for in a real and tangible way.