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National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

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Causes: Breast Cancer, Health, Human Services

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.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that helped my service sorority pull off a successful bake sale. They responded quickly to any questions I had about the process and helped me organize everything my group needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We(rollin4cancer.org) recently did a cross country road trip to benefit the NBCF. They certainly lived up to their 4 star rating on Charity Navigator. They were easy to work with, helpful, and most appreciative of our efforts. Our's was a relatively small endeavor, but they treated us like a Fortune 500 organization. We had the pleasure of stopping by their headquarters and meeting all the staff and the founders. We could see, first hand, the high standards they hold themselves to, and the enthusiasm and dedication they have to the cause of research, prevention, early detection, and treatment, when necessary, of breast cancer. The NBCF is a well run, efficient organization, and therefore we could see that a maximum amount of our fund raising efforts were going to help eradicate the scourge of breast cancer. When we decided to attempt this fundraiser, we knew from our own families that breast cancer was prevalent, but after our journey, we now realize it is much more prevalent than we ever imagined. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is certainly doing their part to reverse the trending of this malady. Jack T., Dan T., Roger S., John D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a proud mom of a player on the Fairfield Falcons Football team in NJ. Their head coach, Chris Cirillo, organized a fundraiser in lieu of purchasing the pink propaganda where only a portion of the proceeds go to cancer research. He had the boys solicit pledges based on total points scored in the month of October. The boys were so happy knowing that every touchdown meant money going to a good cause. They scored 107 points for a total of $3358. They also went on to enjoy an undefeated, Super Bowl winning season :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed educating women at the NBCF tent. There were numerous women who were helped, either by the free mammograms or by learning how to properly administer a breast exam.

Michael140

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Your staff, particularly Laura Gaspard, is extremely professional and very prompt with their response times.

Marie35

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a teacher whose students really wanted to fundraise for the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the NBCF was a great experience, they provide all the resources and support you need to make your volunteer experience a positive one. A+++

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had such a good time doing a event for breast cancer I loved getting the word out there my mom has had breast cancer off and on for 3 years now and it is a very scary thing the more I can spread the word so people understand and will help more is amazing I will do a event all the time if I could thank you all so much :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm so thankful for volunteering at the 2nd Convoy of Hope Outreach! The people of Hawaii received a full meal..food to fill their stomachs, haircuts and clothes to boost their self esteem, music and dance to worship to fill their souls, education to feed their minds, opportunity to make new friends and hope to those who opened their hearts to receive prayer! The generosity of Convoy of Hope was a life changing day for many that came! I volunteered with the Breast Cancer Foundation and watched the faces of ladies as they eagerly listened and watched the demonstration of monthly self breast examination. For many young ladies, this was something new and others, a reminder. But there were others that needed a mammography. They received the help they needed to make an appointment. The volunteers I met were wonderful and truly wanted to be there to make a difference! This was a day I'll always remember and look forward next year's outreach!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful experience. Just talking to women and their needs, learning on reasons why they couldn't or haven't done a mammogram. Some had no education on it, didn't know what a mammogram was or how important it is to have one and most no medical insurance coverage. It was very informative for all of them. Just knowing that are a lot of needs out there and this is one of many outreaches that are needed in our society today. It was really a great experience, one that I volunteer to do over and over again. Because I love to reach out to women and to pray for them. There was a woman, that was in desperate need for her daughter to have a mammogram but could not do it because of no medical insurance, so she decide to come and get information on who could help her daughter. She could have gone to Convoy of Hope in the Leeward district but traveled to Honolulu because only Honolulu site had the the NBCF.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a privelege to be able to serve our Hawaiian community together with the NBCF through Convoy of Hope 2012. NBCF was very organized with friendly staff and leadership; the local staff was able to communicate well with them before the event took place. I believe they had a big and positive impact to the women who were taught for the first time on how to self exam. I also thought it was very generous of Queens Medical Center to work with NBCF, providing free mammograms for those women in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful experience to volunteer for this much needed service. Many women came through the tent in a steady stream showing they were concerned about their health. Hopefully some lives were saved because of this service.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I contacted National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc, to volunteer and help spread awareness to the public about breast cancer and early dectection to save lives through website, facebook, events and they told me I had to donate 5% minimum of any product if sold. I agreed with the 5% amount but they also wanted me to give them 500$ for 4 weeks. This charity is all about business and not helping people is unethical. This charity supposed to be NON profit organization but yet they charge money on top of the donations for volunteers to spread the word about breast cancer. this is a shame.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed serving with Convoy of a hope this year 2012!! I had a eye opening experience that there are a multitude of women that have never had monograms or even done self breast exams. The women that I spoke with were very interested and had a desire to take care of themselves. This was a journey for me to see what and where women see themselves. I also got to speak yo young girls about doing self breast exams and informing them how important it is to do it often. I realized the if the women in these young girls lives have never done exams before these girls were not being taught. It was a blessing to serve with you in educating women and young girls about Breast Cancer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a cervical cancer surviver and was so blessed when I volunteered this year with NBCF and how they made me feel such a part of them. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I learned a lot about what to look for when doing self exams just because I volunteered. :-)