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Causes: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Busted Foundation aids women who are suffering financial hardships due to medical expenses from breast cancer treatment. Busted Foundation’s programs include a education website and financial grants to eligible women dealing with breast cancer. As part of our educational program, Busted Foundation offers a free website that hosts information describing not only what sources of financial assistance are available to the general public, but also how to seek assistance.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Educate and assist women who are afflicted with breast cancer through individual grants. Individuals complete an application shich is reviewed by the board.

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61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kathy106

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful group doing so much to help women when they need it!

Lyssa S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I I won a free mammogram (I have no insurance) at their mammogram party and I had to.go back for ultrasound and another mammogram. I am ok. The Busted Foundation and Dr Kitner came to my rescue. What a blessing they are amazing and everyone should support them and donate to them and they help hundreds of women in need and they helped me thank you so much Busted and Dr Kitner.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a volunteer for the Busted Foundation! What an amazing organization to help the many, many women throughout the years. I am honored to have volunteered in the past and can't wait to volunteer in the future!

nosphera

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to say that I am still a volunteer with Busted! I have met many women we have helped throughout the years as well as become involved with the application review. It's truly inspiring and humbling these brave individuals fighting for their lives and their families! I am thankful Busted Foundation is around to help and proud to be a volunteer with them. Please help us to continue to help breast cancer fighters across the country!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Bowling for Boobies for over 7 years and with Busted Foundation since it began. This is the ONLY organization for women fighting breast cancer that I know of where the money goes directly to the women to help them pay the bills they need to pay. We don't tell them what they can and can't use the money for, a check is sent directly to them to help while they fight for their lives. Even with this economy, Busted fights tirelessly to help! The requests from women going through treatment will make you cry from sadness and the testimonials from the recipients will make you cry with joy. To be even the tiniest part of this organization makes me proud every day!

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Tricia19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Busted for over three years now, and I can say that my experience has been great. The foundation is amazing - it raises money for people who have breast cancer to help them pay ther bills. Every penny raised goes straight to our beneficiaries, which make me feel good about volunteering. Also, the events are fun!! Hooray for Busted!!

Maria69

Donor

Rating: 5

Busted Foundation makes a difference in women's lives. Just read the stories of the women who have received help from the money raised by the Bowling for Boobies events! I give every year because getting breast cancer is one of the most devastating events of a woman's life. I know. My mother had breast cancer twice. I experienced second-hand her turmoil. And I have had friends since then who have suffered from this terrible disease, including Edith who founded this organization. Having been disabled myself, I know that having money to pay for both medical and personal expenses makes all the difference in the world to recovery. So, I will keep giving and I look forward to the ever-increasing impact my gifts have for those in need. And who knows? Maybe someday I will need it myself.

Sean10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ditto: For the past 11 years I've had the honor of working with the Busted Foundation through their annual “Bowling for Boobies” event which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in multiple cities across the US for women and men afflicted with breast cancer. Why do I do this? Because of all of the charities and organizations out there, every ounce of manpower is donated so that 100% of the funds can go directly to people stricken with this terrible disease. How does it work? Many times, when someone is diagnosed with cancer, insurance doesn't completely cover the costs incurred for treatment (meds, co-pays, lost work days), and if the person doesn't have insurance, the amounts necessary to battle the disease can be staggering. (The Busted Motto: “You get the bump, you get the bill, you’re BUSTED.”) The Busted Foundation responds by sending a cash donation to these fantastic and brave individuals to help them cover their costs and living expenses (food, meds, doctor’s bills). How do they do this? Through a humane and often heart wrenching screening process where we listen to the patients, their background, their stories, and respond with funds individually designed to ease the burden of an already traumatic event. There are plenty of charitable organizations out there whose main goal is to raise research funds to find a cure. This foundation’s goal is simply to give individually to those in need, enabling dignity and humanity during a difficult time. I cannot recommend The Busted Foundation highly enough. Please join me in supporting them so their mission can continue for many years to come.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I spent many years doing biomedical research in laboratories. I am all in favor of tax dollars and charitable donations going to further our understanding of the science of cancer.

However, for me personally there's a better and more effective way of stamping out cancer and its horrible erosion of our loved ones' lives: direct action. In this case, direct action against the breast cancer that attacked my mom, my former boss, and my boss' boss — direct action in the form of helping women with a breast cancer diagnosis be strong, be brave, and not be distracted by financial considerations.

You could put that $5 in a jar at the convenience store, or you could give twice that, or five times that, or whatever you can afford, to directly help someone who will be hand-selected by the Busted Foundation board as someone whose life will be changed by your donation pooled with those of others. If you think long and hard about it, it's really the best "bang for your buck" in fighting breast cancer.

Bill Millsap

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past 11 years I've had the honor of working with the Busted Foundation through their annual “Bowling for Boobies” event which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in multiple cities across the US for women and men afflicted with breast cancer. Why do I do this? Because of all of the charities and organizations out there, every ounce of manpower is donated so that 100% of the funds can go directly to people stricken with this terrible disease. How does it work? Many times, when someone is diagnosed with cancer, insurance doesn't completely cover the costs incurred for treatment (meds, co-pays, lost work days), and if the person doesn't have insurance, the amounts necessary to battle the disease can be staggering. (The Busted Motto: “You get the bump, you get the bill, you’re BUSTED.”) The Busted Foundation responds by sending a cash donation to these fantastic and brave individuals to help them cover their costs and living expenses (food, meds, doctor’s bills). How do they do this? Through a humane and often heart wrenching screening process where we listen to the patients, their background, their stories, and respond with funds individually designed to ease the burden of an already traumatic event. There are plenty of charitable organizations out there whose main goal is to raise research funds to find a cure. This foundation’s goal is simply to give individually to those in need, enabling dignity and humanity during a difficult time. I cannot recommend The Busted Foundation highly enough. Please join me in supporting them so their mission can continue for many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve had the honor of working with the Busted Foundation for the last 10 years through their annual “Bowling for Boobies” event which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in multiple cities across the US for women and men afflicted with breast cancer. Why do I do this? Because of all of the charities and organizations out there, this one personally affects all who participate. Every ounce of manpower is donated so that 100% of the funds can go directly to people stricken with this terrible disease. How does it work? Many times, when someone is diagnosed with cancer, insurance doesn’t cover all of the costs needed for treatment (meds, co-pays, lost work days), and if the person doesn’t have insurance, the amounts necessary to battle the disease can be staggering. (The Busted Motto: “You get the bump, you get the bill, you’re BUSTED.”) The Busted Foundation responds by sending personal checks to these fantastic and brave individuals to help them cover their costs and living expenses (food, meds, doctor’s bills). How do they do this? Through a fantastic and heart wrenching screening process where we listen to the patients, their background, their stories, and respond with funds designed to ease the burden of an already traumatic event. There are plenty of charitable organizations out there whose main goal is to raise research funds to find a cure. This foundation’s goal is simply to give individually to those in need, enabling dignity and humanity during a difficult time. I cannot recommend The Busted Foundation highly enough. Please join me in supporting them so their mission can continue for many years to come.

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bustedfoundation 11/27/2012

Thank you so much for your support!

Stefanie L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with Busted Foundation continues to be a a great source of pride and inspiration in my life. We meet more and more people that understand our work and lift us up to the next level.

I am proud to say we have supported over 300 women in their journey with breast cancer.

We have to help each other. We have to be that support in time of struggle.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Busted Foundation has been a labor of love for myself and so many others since the beginning and our first fundraising event! This Foundation changes lives and offers hope to so many women in seemingly hopeless situations. Women with breast cancer get more then hope through Busted Foundation, they get a chance for a future physically and financially!

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bustedfoundation 11/27/2012

You have been incredibly helpful to Busted Foundation! Your work is appreciated. Thank you so much for your support!

Natalie39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to this charity by Sean Decker and brought on as a team member for the group's #1 Charity Event, Bowling for Boobies. Having met Stefanie LaHart, the founder/CEO, I was overcome by her enthusiam and passion for this charity. It is clear she is the driving force behind the group's desire to reach out and help local women who are hurting. Cancer is a crippling disease that touches us all in some way. Over the last few years, I’ve known close friends who’ve fought the cancer battle, and although survived – they live in constant fear that it’ll return. Cancer is an immense struggle; physically, emotionally, and financially. Those diagnosed, and fighting are some of the strongest people I know and they simply touch my heart. For me, seeing the outreach that BUSTED provides to the local LA community - nothing in life is more important than giving back, and if I can be part of something like the BUSTED FOUNDATION that helps bring joy or a moment of repreieve to just one woman’s battle with this disease, then I feel I’ve accomplished at least a little of my purpose in life. BUSTED is a wonderful, loving, caring, and organized Charity. I am so happy to be a part of something like this, and with th driving force of Stefanie LaHart at the helm.


Volunteer

Rating: 5

Busted Foundation is amazing because I have witnessed them change lives. It is just incredible to hear the stories from people who have been directly affected by cancer, and how Busted helped them. It also matters greatly to me that this is a smaller and local charity since it allows them to be more agile and efficient. Bottom line: Busted Foundation is an organization that is making a difference, one person at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about this wonderful charity through Stefanie LaHart, Busted Foundation's founder and CEO. She was my downstairs neighbor when I lived in LA! I had never been privy to the inner workings of a nonprofit before - how much work goes into it, how many people are involved, how many lives you can touch in even the smallest way. I started to see some of the "Thank You" notes that were coming in around 2010 and was truly moved. I had never really stopped to think about just how much cancer can affect your life, your family's life. Obviously we are all aware how expensive treatment can be and how much red tape is unfortunately involved with insurance companies, but when I started to read letters thanking the Busted Foundation for affording them the opportunity to buy school supplies for their children, or groceries, or to pay rent - I was hooked. I was ready to work with the Foundation and Stefanie any way I could. Stefanie is an absolute angel. She is always looking for new creative ways to get people involved and to raise awareness and money for others in need. She is, hands down, the most selfless person I know. She really cares, is incredibly supportive, and is a real-life superwoman! I haven't lived in LA for almost two years now, but still keep in close touch with her and the Foundation and am sure to make it back every year for the annual Bowling for Boobies event! Best non-profit ever!! :)

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bustedfoundation 11/27/2012

Thank you so much Kelly! You have been incredibly helpful to Busted Foundation! Your work is appreciated.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Busted Foundation is one of the few grass roots foundations with a campaign that not only promises big, important wins for women with Breast Cancer, but follows through 200%. Yes, they are small. Yes, they have help from volunteers, but the amount of work put in to launching the foundation and continuing to make it a success not only stands up to community expectations, but exceeds them, and sets the goal higher for other organizations fighting breast cancer. This foundation was started to help a community member, Edith, with her mounting breast cancer bills after a stage four diagnosis with no insurance or resource to turn to either pay for treatment, or the mounting bills post (free) mammogram. California is wonderful for getting you a free mammogram--but how do you get treatment and pay your bills without insurance, when the diagnosis itself makes you untouchable? The community, with the help of Busted Founder Stefanie LaHart, raised that money, and her bills were paid. Year after year, more women in the community were in the same boat, and Busted Foundation was born. They make fundraising fun with their annual events, Bowling For Boobies, with achievable goals for community members joining the fight. Because the foundation awards scholarships to applicants in need that pay *all* bills--not just medical ones--Lives were saved, and in some cases, homes were saved. Electricity and water was not shut off. Rent was paid. The doctor healing them was paid. The support for this foundation is overwhelming, and they get it right. I have met the women Busted has helped--and they could not have made it through the heavy weight of cancer treatment, nor the expense, without them. I look forward to seeing them continue to do some of the best work associated with women diagnosed with breast cancer--directly helping the women suffering from the disease. No smoke and mirrors--Busted Foundation is the real deal.

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bustedfoundation 11/27/2012

Thank you so much for your support!

j-nine26

Donor

Rating: 5

I live donating to this charity knowing money directly helps women's fighting cancer. It's nice to know this mk eh makes a direct impact and is not held up in red tape like a lot of other charities

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with the Busted foundation. This is a great organization because it is different than any other. I know we need cancer research money and educational money, but mean while the patients fighting this cancer are going broke. To be able to raise money for a foundation that directly gives money to qualifying patients to help with the burden of medical bills is very gratfying. The receipants are so thankful and gratious it is heartwarming

Leah B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year working with the Busted Foundation and it was amazing! I have worked with many non-profits before, but Busted brought the volunteer experience to a whole new level. Not only is the organization amazingly organized and creative in the way that they raise their money, but the money goes directly to women affected by Breast Cancer. It was this personal feel that made working with Busted such an honor and a pleasure. I actually felt like I was really affecting the lives of women across the country. I will absolutely work with them again.

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bustedfoundation 11/27/2012

Thank you so much Leah! You have been incredibly helpful to Busted Foundation! Your work is appreciated.

Victoria20

Donor

Rating: 5

I have participated in Bowling for Boobies for four years with a competing team. I was awestruck and humbled with the first experience, which is why I keep returning. Making a difference in women's lives right here in Los Angeles is an unmatched experience. Knowing that this isn't a giant organization where money mostly goes to administrative costs makes it even better. I always leave every year feeling like I did something meaningful for women. It's the gift of dignity in a very horrible time. It's love. And that is why I will keep going back. One day, that woman might be me.

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bustedfoundation 11/27/2012

Thank you for your continued participation and support with Bowling For Boobies!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked with multiple non profits over 15 years that range in variety of services provided and issues and causes advocated for, I can honestly say I'm impressed with the Busted Foundation on a regular basis. Very rarely do you see a non profit that can actually directly and positively impact an individual's life the way Busted does. The grant recipients who write in to request funds and/or send a thank you for funds received tell you immediately that you're making an important difference in their life. The people who work to make Busted succeed are extremely dedicated and are looking to grow and evolve this organization to serve and provide funds for more women than ever before - until there's a cure for breast cancer, diagnosis will continue and a unique and direct services organization like Busted will need to thrive in order to continue to support these women. As well, this is an all-volunteer organization that proves what a few dedicated individuals can accomplish when they care deeply about an issue and making a positive impact in someone's life. Busted needs and deserves even more support so they can achieve and exceed their mission. Kudos to Busted and the whole team for all they've done so far and good luck to them in the future!

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bustedfoundation 11/27/2012

Thank you so much! You have been incredibly helpful to Busted Foundation! Your work is appreciated. Thank you so much for your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first heard about the Busted Foundation & the Bowling for Boobies event a few years ago, I knew that I would want to be involved in helping this worthy cause. This year I was lucky enough to be able to contribute my time, and I was moved to see how many people are eager to dedicate their time, money & efforts to this noble cause. It is clear this organization changes people's lives, and the satisfaction of being a part of that is hard to match.

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bustedfoundation 11/27/2012

Thank you so much Michelle! You have been incredibly helpful to Busted Foundation! Your work is appreciated.

Barb R.

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2004 a very special and dear soul, now no longer with us began this fun and "pay it forward" charity - bowling event called "Bowling for Boobies". Busted Foundation serves two purposes for me . . . one is the continuation of helping those in financial hardship relating to the insanity of our messed up healthcare system. No one should be driven into bankruptcy simply from suffering with breast cancer. Secondly, the Bowling event gives me the feeling as if we are together again having fun and volunteering for the cause. *One final note - a huge congratulations to Stefanie LaHart who stepped up to the role of Busted Foundation, CEO - Stefanie has brought the organization to a new level. Many good karma's to Stefanie!

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bustedfoundation 11/27/2012

Thank you for your continued participation and support with Bowling For Boobies!