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Mission: The guiding mission of The Breast Cancer Society, Inc. (The BCS) is to provide relief to those who suffer from the effects of breast cancer now, as well as to work cooperatively with and give support to other personnel, individuals and organizations that share in the goal of helping cancer patients, the critically ill, and the impoverished. This is done through such means as education, direct assistance, financial aid, and the providing of supplies and care-giving products, and referral services. Additionally, The BCS assist in the eradication of breast cancer through education and the support of breast cancer research.

Results: TBCS consistently increases its awareness efforts, as we believe that early detection can literally save a life. Recently, we have implemented a prominent online blog, targeting the challenges that research has identified that breast cancer patients are battling. We have also incorporated video testimonials of survivors, in effort to reach the newly diagnosed. In 2012, the organization launched three new vital programs. Our non-medical In-Home Care, the Hope Scholarship Fund and the Empower Scholarship Fund. Each program is answering problematic issues surrounding a breast cancer diagnosis.

Target demographics: Women and Men battling breast cancer

Geographic areas served: National and International Organization

Programs: • To work closely with breast cancer patients and their families on a case-by-case basis in an effort to identify critical needs and to give meaningful support through such methods as financial aid, education, material supplies and commodities, and any other means deemed suitable to aid in alleviating the special needs brought on by breast cancer. • Services are provided to recipients nation-wide, based on need, demand, and qualification. • To procure products and commodities (gifts-in-kind) for distribution in accordance to the organization’s mission. • To educate the public and cancer patients about breast cancer and various issues surrounding it and to fund special grants for research projects whose primary aim is to improve the prevention , detection, treatment of, or recovery from breast cancer. • To inform the general public about the existence of The Breast Cancer Society (TBCS) and the services which the organization provides. • To participate in efforts both domestically and internationally to alleviate human suffering through such means the procurement and distribution of donated commodities - primarily to breast cancer victims, and in some cases other critically ill individuals in the case of surplus supplies and urgent need.

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54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Staff at the Breast Cancer Society Inc. are so amazing! The organization really is passionate about the quality of life breast cancer patients and survivors have. They provide quality items in the warehouse for women to go shopping every month "free". Items provided range from personal hygiene to clothing and furniture, as well as prosthetic breasts and wigs. These are items that these women (including myself) could never afford since many of us are focused on medical insurance issues. They provide services as well such as home health care for patients going through treatments. The Breast Cancer Society Inc. cannot take away the breast cancer but they put smiles on so many women's faces and give them encouragement and hope for not just a better today but an awesome tomorrow! I will be forever grateful to them for all they have done to make my journey lighter in the load I carried and I am happy to call them my friends.

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info312 Hi Holly, I am so glad you are doing well in Indiana. We agree...we need warehouses in every state! We are actively fundraising for Arkansas and Texas right now. We need to talk about a great location in your area (as we have before). Love you Holly...stay strong!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Scam - do not donated to the lowlife POS's.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/19/us/scam-charity-investigation/index.html

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The is no charity, it's a family of lowlife scumbags that prey on the good nature of others.

http://www.sltrib.com/news/2529738-155/ftc-family-with-utah-ties-raised

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Donor

Rating: 1

This Charity kept calling--all day long from morning till night. I answered the phone but they only wanted to speak to my husband because he was the one who had donated in the past. I finally made him answer the phone. He agreed to give them money but I told him NOT to give our credit card number over the phone. After the pledge card came, I researched them on line. The amount that goes to patients is miniscule. Their balance sheet shows they took in over $22 Million and only gave $600,000 to patients. Over $9 million to telemarketing. I will not be sending any money.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Boy what a revelation after I read so many similar reviews. They are relentless, calling morning, noon and night. I gave a month ago and they are hounding me. I think they aren't what they profess to be. Stay away from them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

While living in South Florida I received a call from this company asking for a pledge. Because a dear friend had just been diagnosed with breast cancer I felt it was a way to honor her. The fund raiser kept insisting I give them my charge card information but I was just as adamant that I would not. Thank goodness! When I received the pledge information I decided to check them out and found such a small amount of funds raised by them is actually used to benefit cancer patients I decided not to send any money, but did return the pledge form with a notation that I'd changed my mind and gave the reason why. This caused a barrage of phone calls but I just refused to answer the phone. Now that I live in a different state they've started calling my new number.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I don't know if this charity is a scam or not, but I can confirm they are aggressive and a bother. I would not recommend become involved with them. My husband made a small pledge and they somehow listed it under my name and call for me ALL THE TIME - refusing to talk with him - just keep calling and calling during the week when I am at work. They finally did call late enough for me to be home from work, and the lady was aggressive and very insistent that I made the pledge (not my husband), not sure why that even matters - just seems like a weird thing to argue about. I am going to send them a money order and wash my hands. What a hassle for the first two weeks of existence with these folks. And, from reading the other reviews, I am not hopeful they will ever stop, even after getting our small donation.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I may a small pledge to this society thinking it was a legitimate charity. After I made the pledge I ended up in the hospital and had 4 surgeries and was unable to work for several months. Because of the loss of income I was not able to send my donation in in time. The first time they called about the donation I explained my position and told them I would send in the donation as soon as I got back on my feet. My sister in law has breast cancer and I had every intention of sending the donation when I could. Well I continued to get calls every few days and each time I explained why I had not sent in the donation yet, but they kept calling. Finally I stopped answering the phone so they started calling me every hour. I felt like I was being hounded by a bill collector. I started to get a bad feeling about this charity and decided to do some research. Most of the donations collected go to salaries. Give your donations to a legitimate organizations that help find a cure and those that are in need of help. You can find a list of ratings here:
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4509#.Uw3mv4XSPKc

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very fortunate to have come in contact with The Breast Cancer Society! During the darkest times in my life, they were there for me. I was introduced to their Hope Supply Program, and was given material things to help make ends meet while going through treatments, household goods, hygiene items, furniture, etc. More than all the material things, I was given hope, support, love.

I would love for everyone to have an open mind, get to know the organization, the staff... come to some of the events. They do what they do for US, patients and survivors and our families. They made a huge impact on my family, they are truly our Angels!!

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info312 02/12/2014

Thank you for your kind remarks. We are so thankful that you found the Hope Supply helpful and fulfilling. We have found that it isn't just the material aid received that helps, but the sisterhood and support. Thank you for offering yours to other survivors in the program. May God bless you and your family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with the Breast Cancer Society has been nothing but positive! I have had the opportunity to visit the Hope Supply Warehouse and was able to get much need items for myself as well has my children. The supplies were all new and in great quality. Lots of the products are things I need monthly for my home. The staff and volunteer are all amazing. The volunteer are true angels and many of them have gone through the same journey as me! It is a great feeling to have others relate to your experience since Breast Cancer changes you for ever... I will support this cause and without a doubt know they are in this for a true reason. To help those in their time of need mentally and physically!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This outfit is one of several "charities" run by a particular family. Their only charitable work I could find was donations of expired over the counter medicines to several homeless agencies, for which the donor receives a tax write-off. Nearly all the oney they raise goes to salaries of family members and telemarketing. Donate to a local, trusted charity. Don't waste your hard earned dollars with these people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Before you donate look closer at this unethical group of Charities. They were rated in the 50 worst charities. They basically steal donated funds and lie to the public. Google reviews, read news articles and watch Anderson Coopers 50 worst charity segment. They are one of three family charities that claim to the public that they give more donations to their "cause" yet they really give only pennies on the dollar. The bulk goes to salaries for Executives and their employed family members.

Do your homework. You will see that there's more deserving places to donate your money to.

5 curiousgeorge1940

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Wow ! Constant phone calls & mailings. Can't seem to shake them, even after asking that I be taken off their list. Went to 3 different charity rating sites & they show that only about 10% of donations go where it's supposed to : NOT the 15% claimed by BSC. Even at the higher figure, I would not waste anything to support this kind of organization.

12 John142

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I've received three telemarketing calls from a professional fundraiser for this charity. Each time the caller has been very honest about the 15% of my money that would actually go to the charity and 85% for their fee. Each time I asked to be taken off their list, and they have not done it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization is a scam. I've read the few good reviews on this site and yes, I'm sure they help a few people or they wouldn't have hung on to their non-profit status these short four years they've been running. However, in four years they've had numerous investigative reports and blogs calling them out for the unethical and near criminal misuse of funds and are currently under investigation by several Attorney Generals.

Yes, go get the little this organization gives out if you qualify BUT I wouldn't donate a penny to these people. There are ethical, well run and more deserving organizations that REALLY help those in need. The Breast Cancer Society is not one of them. This organization is corrupt and all the higher paid staff and much of the Board of Directors are family relatives. They want the public to focus on the few they help not the millions they squander!

Be wise! They don't have investigative reporters exposing their greed over and over because they are a good charity. Watch this report from Anderson Cooper 360

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/13/beware-of-these-cancer-charity-rip-offs/

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info312 10/15/2013

As an organization, we are aware of the misinformation that is currently published about TBCS and are concerned. We are making great efforts to get the right information to the public, sharing the good that we are accomplishing. Our concern is not for our organization alone. We are concerned for the health of all charities striving to make a difference for those they serve. We understand how damaging these types of slanderous articles can be to a non-profit and ultimately to the people who stand in need of services. We hope you will take the time to review this page, that has accurate financial information,reviewed by independent CPA's and auditors as well as filed with the IRS.

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info312 10/15/2013

As an organization, we are aware of the misinformation that is currently published about TBCS and are concerned. We are making great efforts to get the right information to the public, sharing the good that we are accomplishing. Our concern is not for our organization alone. We are concerned for the health of all charities striving to make a difference for those they serve. We understand how damaging these types of slanderous articles can be to a non-profit and ultimately to the people who stand in need of services. We hope you will take the time to review this page, that has accurate financial information,reviewed by independent CPA's and auditors as well as filed with the IRS.

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info312 10/15/2013

As an organization, we are aware of the misinformation that is currently published about TBCS and are concerned. We are making great efforts to get the right information to the public, sharing the good that we are accomplishing. Our concern is not for our organization alone. We are concerned for the health of all charities striving to make a difference for those they serve. We understand how damaging these types of slanderous articles can be to a non-profit and ultimately to the people who stand in need of services. We hope you will take the time to review this page, that has accurate financial information,reviewed by independent CPA's and auditors as well as filed with the IRS.

5 Amber38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Scam artist!!! The entire family are scammers. Just another perfect example of the rich making themselves richer, regardless of who suffers for it in the end.

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info312 10/15/2013

As an organization, we are aware of the misinformation that is currently published about TBCS and are concerned. We are making great efforts to get the right information to the public, sharing the good that we are accomplishing. Our concern is not for our organization alone. We are concerned for the health of all charities striving to make a difference for those they serve. We understand how damaging these types of slanderous articles can be to a non-profit and ultimately to the people who stand in need of services. We hope you will take the time to review this page, that has accurate financial information,reviewed by independent CPA's and auditors as well as filed with the IRS.

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info312 10/15/2013

As an organization, we are aware of the misinformation that is currently published about TBCS and are concerned. We are making great efforts to get the right information to the public, sharing the good that we are accomplishing. Our concern is not for our organization alone. We are concerned for the health of all charities striving to make a difference for those they serve. We understand how damaging these types of slanderous articles can be to a non-profit and ultimately to the people who stand in need of services. We hope you will take the time to review this page, that has accurate financial information,reviewed by independent CPA's and auditors as well as filed with the IRS.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

How can you scam so many people ?? My Mom has brain cancer I watched CNN and I can't believe that you can even look at yourself in the mirror! CEO made 261.609.00 last year and between you ,Cancer Fund Of America also Children Cancer Fund Of America. Total 26 million last year and only 2% go's to Charity!!!!! WOW YOU MAKE ME SICK!!!!!

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info312 10/15/2013

Our prayers are with your mother at this time. Regardless of the slanderous misinformation that has been said in the media, The Breast Cancer Society is concerned with all who suffer from this horrible disease. As an organization, we are aware of the misinformation that is currently published about TBCS and are concerned. We are making great efforts to get the right information to the public, sharing the good that we are accomplishing. Our concern is not for our organization alone. We are concerned for the health of all charities striving to make a difference for those they serve. We understand how damaging these types of slanderous articles can be to a non-profit and ultimately to the people who stand in need of services. We hope you will take the time to review this page, that has accurate financial information,reviewed by independent CPA's and auditors as well as filed with the IRS.

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info312 10/15/2013

Your mother is in our prayers at this time. Regardless of the slanderous misinformation in the media, The Breast Cancer Society is concerned for all who suffer from this horrible disease. As an organization, we are aware of the misinformation that is currently published about TBCS and are concerned. We are making great efforts to get the right information to the public, sharing the good that we are accomplishing. Our concern is not for our organization alone. We are concerned for the health of all charities striving to make a difference for those they serve. We understand how damaging these types of slanderous articles can be to a non-profit and ultimately to the people who stand in need of services. We hope you will take the time to review this page, that has accurate financial information,reviewed by independent CPA's and auditors as well as filed with the IRS.

Sara75

Client Served

Rating: 5

A lot of organizations that are worth dealing with tend to be word of mouth. I received a phone call from this company after feeling out an inquiry as to their services. I had been diagnosed wit ductal carcinoma, and I am BRCA1 positive. I was a single mom, and my first though was my children. Then I was struggling with how to make ends meet and get simple things, TP tooth brushes, even just shampoo, or how your going to clean your house after surgery, If you have fought cancer, you know the fight. And in stops this organization that wrapped loving arms around my family, offered support and said, lets shop! So I went to the ware house, and I was able to get a vest for surgery, compression glove and socks, shampoo and toiletries, crafts to pass my time in recovery, things for my children, a new couch, and much needed curtains for my home! And it was good quality, not junk, I even receive a new Temperpedic mattress and that was the best gift in the world! I was provided with NEW prosthetics and bras, Nothing was expected like this! I even received a gas voucher to help with my vehicle expenses.
But best of all, is the people, the ability to call and have a survivor talk to you, or to be able to go to group and get angry and cry, knowing you are not alone. Or the simple Christmas carolers that come to your door and give light to a dark Christmas. These are a few of my experiences, and there are many more!
I know there are companies out there that are fraudulent.THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM!! Those who have been called, and thought so badly of this group, I'm sorry you are missing a wonder chance to heal and grow.
I have received tremendous amounts love from these people. And I seen their paychecks, know there stories and reasons they do what they do. Survivors of cancer patients, or survivors in general have this ability to understand and help another that is going through it , why? because they have been there and want to make a difference to those of us who still fight!
Now I fight and volunteer to help others who are just starting down this path, and if I can make a difference for them, I will!

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info312 05/20/2013

Sara, You are the the one who provides so much help! :) I am amazed at how many challenges you have in your life, yet you come out each week to help other cancer patients. Please know you have many friends at the BCS that wish you and your family the very best.

Client Served

Rating: 4

In 2009 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and the battle was on. I did not know what was ahead of me and found I was right in the middle of the worst economy ever. With all the cut backs it was difficult to find help where I needed it most. How will I keep a roof over my head and keep up with daily necessities? Along with the fight itself where I was always sick and exhausted I had to find any source I could for daily help. An organization within my community had referred me to The Breast Cancer Society, Inc. Besides standing in food lines and asking for utility help there is more to the process of survival. Many organization that would help could only help for one month, some had no funds and no help at all, unfortunately cancer treatments for me lasted years. So much stress every step of the way I found a blessing. This blessing came as The Breast Cancer Society, Inc. This organization helped me with the personal items I needed and funds monthly that got me through. They made me feel like I had someone in my corner. The shopping was a fun moment in a hard time in my life. This was such a tremendous help and I could not find any other organization out there that offered what The Breast Cancer Society, Inc. gave me. I came away with hope, encouragement and less stress. This is huge! Thank you for thinking of all the women and men who face this disease. Your organization is a God send for many including myself. I appreciate all of you and all you do! God Bless you...

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info312 05/20/2013

Hey Wendy, Thank you so much for your kind words. The truth is, we are all in this together. You know as well as anyone, sometimes we are the giver and sometimes we are the receiver. You have blessed the lives of so many and we are honored to help you in return.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity has been a blessing to me. As a survivor of breast cancer and victim of multiple sclerosis, the assistance they provide is helping me to acquire items for my home and myself that I otherwise would not have been able to get. From as big as a new queen mattress to as small as dishwasher soap, I am thankful for the many items I have received. The volunteers and staff are extremely courteous and helpful - especially Vincent! He makes my trip there so enjoyable and productive. I have actually recommended this charity to all my breast cancer survivor friends (3 so far!) and will continue to do so.

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info312 05/20/2013

We agree...Vince is fabulous! He offers so much to survivors through his own experiences. We could not do what we do without him! We will make sure he receives your compliment.