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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.

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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since 2010 the National Breast Cancer Foundation grant funding has helped Baptist Health Breast Center North Little Rock Arkansas provide ultrasound, screening and diagnostic mammograms as well as education to many women in the Central Little Rock and surrounding areas. These women would have otherwise not have been able to afford these services. Thank you so much to this organization for providing this funding and for being such a wonderful organization to work with. We are so very proud to partner with the NBCF to reinforce and offer services that promote the the importance of early detection.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has helped the St.Vincent Breast Center provide screening mammograms to hundreds of women from underserved populations throughout Central Indiana. The Mission of St.Vincent includes special attention to the poor and vulnerable. This mirrors the commitment of the National Breast Cancer Foundation to those less fortunate. As such, we consider the National Breast Cancer Foundation as a partner with us rather than merely a funder. The support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation has helped save lives through early detection.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is committed to their mission of saving lives through early detection and providing breast care services for those in need. Because of the NBCF Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is able to provide outreach and support through the navigation program to vulnerable populations in Windham County, Vermont.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation is an organization that I am proud to be associated with.

Kelly McCue, RN, MSN, CNS-Onc
Adminstrator and Nurse Navigator
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital
Brattleboro, VT 05301

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

“We are very pleased to have the support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which allows us to educate women in our community through radio, newspaper, and social media of the importance of annual mammograms and ongoing surveillance. Those women who have the greatest need, we find, are also those with the greatest hardships: in this past year, our community members have been hard hit by hurricanes, flooding, drought and economic hardships. We recognize and greatly appreciate the generosity of the NBCF daily.” Thank you. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Comprehensive Breast Care Program, Brattleboro, Vermont.

Alessandra R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks to the generous support of the NBFC to the American-Italian Cancer Foundation we were able to reach 2,555 women through our Patient Navigator Program and provide them with information on the importance of early breast cancer detection and their screening options including our Mobile Care Clinic.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NBCF has been a strong supporter of the OhioHealth system’s breast imaging and mobile mammography unit. Our mammography center on wheels plays a significant role in delivering services to those most at-risk for not receiving an annual mammogram. It provides free breast cancer screenings to disadvantaged women of minority status and/or those who are uninsured and under-insured. NBCF’s support has been a critical factor in the success of the mobile mammography unit and we look forward to continuing our partnership.

Luanne O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Riverside Health Center in Covington VA is so fortunate to be a partner with NBCF in assuring that indigent women in our community are able to get their mammograms. We have diagnosed more than a few suspicious lumps and sent patients for treatment. How wonderful to be able to remove the financial barrier to getting these life saving studies due to the support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Humboldt Community Breast Health Project (HCBHP) in Arcata, California is grateful to the NBCF for the Breast Health Navigator grant we are currently fulfilling, which is all about developing and leveraging relationships to get low income women in Humboldt County the care they need and deserve. HCBHP works closely with another grantee, Mad River Community Community Hospital, also in Arcata, funded to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms as well as breast ultrasound for those women who cannot afford them. As partners in health care, we are able to maximize the benefits of these two grants to better serve women in our rural area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On behalf of Dignity Health, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, our RED Rose program has been blessed by the support of NBCF. We have received funding for the past 4 years which has helped us provide over 625 mammograms, 220 clinical breast exams, 374 ultrasounds and 61 biopsies resulting in 8 cancer diagnosis which would not have been found and treated otherwise. These services were provided to the uninsured and undocumented in our community and without the support of NBCF we have been able to reach more women over the past 4 years!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At Swedish Covenant Hospital we have been privileged to have been a NBCF grant recipient since 2006. In that time, NBCF has been an unwavering partner in our efforts to deliver timely, high quality, potentially life-saving breast cancer detection services to underserved women in our community. With NBCF support, to date, our Community Breast Health Program has delivered screening and diagnostic mammograms free-of-charge to more than 5,000 uninsured and underinsured very low-income women. We are tremendously appreciative of their commitment and partnership, and have, additionally, found NBCF staff to be absolutely lovely to work with. Daria Zvetina, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At Swedish Covenant Hospital, we have partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation since 2006 to ensure that underserved women have access to life saving breast cancer detection services. The support of this wonderful organization has enabled us to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms to more than 4,400 uninsured, low-income women to date. The impact of these resources in our community cannot be overstated, especially during the past few years as more and more households have struggled finiancially and state funding to support mammography for uninsured women has dwindled. With the support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation we are, quite literally, saving lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Adventist Health System in Portland, Oregon has been extremely fortunate to receive grant funding from the NBCF to provide low income, uninsured women with free Mammograms. Without this generous funding many women in our region would not have access to life-saving mammograms. Mammography screening saves lives by detecting breast cancer early, when it can be treated, but access remains a key issue. We are grateful to the NBCF for their support of our efforts to eliminate barriers to healthcare. We’re proud to partner with the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the fight against breast cancer!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides funding for a Breast Health Navigation Program at our hospital. Patients in our rural community setting have realized the huge benefit of patient navigation, particularly for women undergoing diagnostic breast imaging and interventions. Many women have been assisted through our navigation program- those without the financial resources to obtain regular screenings, those lacking knowledge about the importance of breast cancer screening, those experiencing a variety of barriers that prevent them from getting needed screening and follow-up. Countless women have noted how comforting and reassuring it is to have one person to turn to during the breast imaging, and particularly biopsy, process- a time that evokes extreme anxiety and concern for the unknown in the majority of women going through it. In addition to the navigation program, we are also able to screen women who are uninsured or underinsured, regardless of their ability to pay. Without this funding from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, we would not be able to provide this vital resource to our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has benefited so many women in our community! Thanks for the wonderful service you provide!

Stacy19

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

My company is in its second year as a supporter of NBCF - this is a fabulous organization doing great work! From a business perspective they have been very easy to work with and a great fit for our organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bottom line is that NBCF save lives through early detection. They have a quality Nurse Navigation program and provide mammograms for people in need. Thyey have worked with our orgnaizaiton to increasing awareness through both nursing and patient education. This is an organization that you can believe in with all confidence!

Court S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization NBCF is to work with. We at Oven Bits know the job they do is no easy task, and we are grateful for our ongoing relationship we've had with them. The expanding reach that NBCF has had these past few years, both domestically and internationally (as well as digitally), is inspiring and exciting to watch grow.

There is great value and purpose in NBCF's mission, and the incredible amount of help and hope they have provided to women around the globe is immeasurable. Thank you, NBCF, for all your hard work and dedication.

Holly28

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am consistently impressed with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. It’s their passion, professionalism, integrity and fiscal responsibility that goes into creating and growing platforms that help women in need, that differentiates this organization.

While working for ACE, I have had the pleasure of managing our in store fundraisers and charity prepaid debit product. With the help of our customers, we have raised over 2 million dollars to support the cause and provide education and services to those who otherwise may not have been able to afford them. Throughout our partnership, we are constantly innovating and coming up with new ways to generate additional funding and distribution for their life changing messages.

NBCF is always responsive, supportive and open to to growing our partnership. Even if you aren’t a big business, they also provide a toolkit and web resources to engage in grassroots type fundraising down to the single contributor level. Every little bit helps and they are extremely appreciative of their supporters. If you get the chance to work with such an outstanding group, I HIGHLY recommend you do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), we’re saving more lives in rural northwest Arizona from breast cancer. Kingman Regional Medical Center’s NBCF supported navigator program helps to reduce barriers to proper breast healthcare among some of our most vulnerable citizens—uninsured and underinsured women residing throughout a 1500-square-mile area in rural northwest Arizona. Our NBCF supported breast health navigator program helps these underserved women obtain breast cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment services and to “navigate” through clinical and support services.

In addition to providing education and outreach about breast health, our NBCF supported navigator serves an essential role in addressing our breast cancer patients’ individual needs and coordinating with service providers to assure they receive optimum care to survivorship. She is a first point-of-contact for women who receive the unwelcome news of possible breast cancer and she continues to follow them— providing information, support, and resources— throughout the often unfamiliar and frightening breast cancer diagnostic and treatment process. We (and our patients) are grateful beyond words to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for having the insight and compassion for making our program possible.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s oncology programs at Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals are fortunate to have a National Breast Cancer Foundation grant that enables us to provide navigation to women accessing mammograms and those who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Through our comprehensive navigation services, women receive individualized medical and psychosocial support in managing their breast health concerns. I am pleased to be among the many who witness first hand the positive impact that NBCF has in meeting the needs of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Pam Goetz, Oncology Survivorship Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Medicine
National Capital Region

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Adventist Health in Portland, OR has been a partner with NBCF for the past six years. We have received may notes from clients served that tell us that what the foundation provides them is peace of mind. These clients have no other resources to obtain these services. Some have a history of breast cancer in their family, placing them in the high risk category. They are so relieved to get an up to date screening. The NBCF has made a huge difference in the lives of the women served.