October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Though the gravity of this disease is immeasurable, the compassionate action and generosity of countless men and women inspire optimism for future generations.
Here are some of the organizations whose year-round work has
helped all of us move closer to eliminating this challenge faced by so many.
1. National Breast Cancer Foundation
Founded in 1991 by Janelle Hail, a breast cancer survivor, the NBCF’s impact has grown every year since. Their worldwide mission is informing women about breast cancer and providing free mammograms to women who can’t afford them.
2. Avon Foundation: Breast Cancer Crusade
Since 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has raised and donated more than $780 million to breast cancer programs throughout the world including cancer research centers, non profit breast health programs, and institutions that provide medical and social services to people touched by breast cancer.
3. Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Created in 1993, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation has made it their mission to find a way to prevent and cure breast cancer. The money from this foundation is spent on innovative clinical and translational research at medical centers worldwide and increasing public awareness about good breast health.
4. Susan G. Komen
Founded by Nancy G. Brinker in memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen. Since 1982 the Susan G. Komen foundation has invested almost $2 billion in ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in over 50 countries.
5. Pretty in Pink Foundation
The Pretty in Pink Foundation was started in 2004 by Dr. Lisa Tolnitch in order to help support people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer but do not have the funds to pay for their treatment. The mission of this organization is to provide monetary assistance to people who are uninsured or underinsured so everybody gets an equal amount of high quality, life saving medical treatment even if they cannot afford to pay for it.
Please click any of the links above to learn more about each foundation, their missions, and how you can be involved.