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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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with this organization professional and leveraging their services personally. They are a highly-adaptive organization consistently looking for ways they can leverage available technology resources to further their cause, reach more constituents while simplify administrative processes so they can focus on the real mission....Fighting breast cancer. Personally, I have found their website incredibly informative and beneficial for anyone who is fighting breast cancer or family members and friends looking for more information and how they can help. And their fundraising tools make it easy for anyone to donate or start their own fundraiser.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been working with the National Breast Cancer Foundation since I joined the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care as its Director of Development in late 2016. The NBCF has supported our Breast Health Program for the past couple of years and their support and collaboration has been invaluable and key to the success and continuity of our program. They are great partners in providing feedback, in wanting to learn not only about the results of our program but in wanting to know our patients and their stories. The staff at NBCF, specifically our grant manager Michael Zenteno, is always responsive and happy to answer any questions and/or provide feedback. It has been a delight being part of the NBCF family and we are so grateful of their continued support.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has become one of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care’s key partners in providing education, outreach, screening and the highest quality treatment to women who would not have access to these services otherwise. Together, we are ensuring that our breast navigation team can reach even more people who are underserved by the healthcare system.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. They fund our annual metastatic breast cancer retreat for patients. Not only that they help set up the program and provide different items for patients. The genuinely care about making difference.

Courtney71

Client Served

Rating: 5

So awesome to work with! And they are dedicated to a great cause!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Staff was so helpful in coordinate the fundraiser on our website. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was very easy to work with The National Breast Cancer Foundation to set up a fundraising campaign. They were prompt in responses to questions and even provided digital and tangible marketing material we could hand out to promote the fundraiser.
This is our second year working with the NBCF and we plan to continue working with them in the future.
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Client Served

Rating: 5

The NBCF is an amazing group of people. United Hospital Center in Bridgeport WV has been honored to work with this fine organization since 2012. Though a generous grant we have been able to have a navigation program and help a large amount of uninsured and under insured breast patients. I cannot thank them enough for their support and without the NBCF we would not be able to reach so many. Thank you for all you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The generousity of the NBCF to United Hospital Center has had a tremendous impact on the care of breast cancer patients through North Centeral West Virginia. We are able to provide services from mammogram and if abnormal to breast cancer survivorship. We are able to provide community outreach to many people who would normally not receive this education. The Clinical Navigator for Breast Health is the positon created with the help from a grant from the NBCF. This positon is very needed in this area and is helping so many people.Thank you, NBCF for all that you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been working with NBCF for several years now. We are a large company, and we work with NBCF leading up to every October on a company-wide campaign. They have been a complete pleasure to work with, and are quick to send us any information that we may need to make the campaign a success.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) has been an outstanding partner with Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine for many years. Our alliance allows both organizations to extend beyond their own boundaries to ensure that women in the community get the best breast healthcare possible. With NBCF’s support, Sibley Memorial Hospital has been able to expand our navigation services to patients for screening, at point of diagnosis, during treatment and beyond into survivorship. NBCF is a compassionate and accountable organization. As grant recipient we are regularly given the opportunity to report to NBCF on our navigation program achievements, and we are honored to collaborate with this exceptional organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation is honored to work with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Since 2001, NBCF has provided essential support to our No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening Program, allowing un-insured or under-insured New York City to receive their yearly mammograms and clinical breast exams. They have also allowed us to provide outreach and follow up services through our Patient Navigator Program. AICF and the women we serve are so thankful to work with NBCF!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is proud to call the National Breast Cancer Foundation a partner in the fight against cancer. As a result of NBCF's fantastic, steadfast support over the last two years, Dana-Farber's Mammography Van has been able to provide life-saving breast health education and screening to underserved women throughout the Boston area. In addition, NBCF staff are extremely helpful and responsive to any and all questions. We are honored to partner with such a committed and mission-driven organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great people to work with and extremely accommodating. We asked for a little help and they offered us the farm.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege to work alongside NBCF for two years. Their organization, values and contribution to the fight against breast cancer is top-notch across the board. They truly are making an inspirational impact in raising awareness, promoting early detection and in their overall mission of Helping Women Now.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has supported and funded the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program for years. NBCF’s contribution has provided mammograms for uninsured low income women in the Greater New Orleans area. NBCF funds have removed the financial barrier that prevents women from getting screened. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is a wonderful and pleasant organization to work with. Their application and reporting process is straightforward.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! Our hospital is able to serve so many underserved and uninsured women with potentially life-svaing mammography exams due to generous funding from the NBCF. Their dedicated fundraising efforts and diligent granting process makes their organization professional, community-minded and worthy of many accolades

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

By providing free mammograms and patient navigation at Parkland Health & Hospital System, National Breast Cancer is helping the underserved women of Dallas and North Texas. We are honored to have the support of National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

National Breast Cancer Foundation has supported mammography services for hundreds of breast imaging patients at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The generosity removes financial barrier for women by covering the cost of screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasound procedures.

NBCF funds also have allowed Parkland to add a highly qualified bilingual patient navigator to our patient services team. She helps provide a more seamless continuum of care for Parkland Breast Center patients. Her presence is helping reduce wait times for patients and significantly reduces the anxiety sometimes associated with medical procedures.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has been a wonderful blessing to our Hospital! They stepped forward to help us provide free sceenings to underserved women in our community--a growing and needly population! In addition, they've stepped forward to help fund other intiiatives that support that mission in tangible ways. Their staff is amazing and so personable. They are completely dedicated to the cause of breast cancer both professinally and personally and it shows! They are in themselves inspiring!

Nancy Frick, Director
St.Vincent Foundation, Indianapolis

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is proud to call the National Breast Cancer Foundation a partner in the fight against cancer. The foundation’s dedicated staff are strategic and incredibly supportive, and as a result of their commitment to our mobile mammography program, we have been able to provide life-saving breast health education and screening to underserved women throughout the Boston area. It is a privilege to work with NBCF.

Client Served

Rating: 4

NBCF has been a client of Gannett's for 5+ years. They do amazing work to empower women to participate in early detection programs and offer important guidance through their after the shock programs. But what really captured my heart was how they provide to the underserved and underinsured women with special programs linked to hospitals in every state across the US. We are proud to have NBCF as our client and friend.
Maureen Desmond, VP Integrated Advertising Sales, USA TODAY

Julie Anne Black

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance have been fortunate to receive grant funding from the National Breast Cancer Foundation since 2007. In 2012 we were able to provide breast cancer screening services to over 800 women who didn't have insurance. The majority of patients are screened through SCCA's Mobile Mammography Van which works with community organizations and churchs to provide screening mammograms. Early detection has been proven to be a game changer in breast cancer survivorship. NBCF's funding has allowed us to make these life-saving exams avaialble to women in need throughout western Washington!

“Without the support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the SCCA would not be able to meet the screening needs of women regardless of their ability to pay. We know that early detection thorough screening saves lives. Last year we were able to expand our services to include much of the Puget Sound. We were able to provide mammography screening at many partner clinics, for many of the women screened; this was their first mammogram as adult woman.”
--Madeline Buelt MSN, RN, Vice President, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

“Without the generous funding from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, many women in our region would not have access to life-saving mammograms. As a physician, I know that screening works but that access remains a key issue. We are so grateful to the NBCF for their support to eliminate barriers to healthcare.”
--Constance D. Lehman, MD, PhD, FACR, Director of Imaging, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Professor & Vice Chair of Radiology, Section Head of Breast Imaging; University of Washington