We are proud to support four non-profits providing services to women and men living with breast cancer and funding cancer research. Our goal is to grant 80% of the net funds raised by this year’s event to these organizations. Actual grant amounts will be announced at the conclusion of the event weekend.
Our event beneficiaries were selected by eligible event participants in an open nomination and voting process. This year we are also proud to partner with a national organization, METAvivor Research & Support.
Please read more about the invaluable work our beneficiaries provide to breast cancer patients in our communities. May the people who are served by our beneficiaries be free from suffering and tend to their lives easily.
MEET OUR EVENT BENEFICIARIES!
BAY AREA BENEFICIARIES
Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF)
San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
BCEF’s mission is to expand access to medical care, improve health outcomes, lessen the emotional toll of financial stress and improve quality of life for low-income people battling breast cancer. The vast majority of BCEF clients are working women without access to employer-paid health insurance or disability coverage. Others realize that they are under-insured once they begin extensive and expensive breast cancer treatment.
BCEF provides quick and compassionate relief to help people maintain vital medical treatments, avoid utility shut-off, prevent eviction, and maintain stable housing. Emergency financial assistance is usually available within five days, often same day. BCEF offers people facing a devastating diagnosis a bit more space to concentrate on that which is most important: personal health and family.
BCEF does not receive public funds and relies on the support of individuals, corporations, small businesses and private foundations. BCEF maintains an incredibly low overhead (7.5%) to maximize dollars out the door to people in need. Since 2001, BCEF has provided over $1.5 million dollars in assistance to over 1,000 low-income families.
Complementary Clinic (CMCC)
CMCC is a
state licensed public health clinic that has been providing free complementary
alternative medicine (CAM) treatments and comprehensive social services to
low-income women with cancer since 1991. CMCC's integrative approach to care
is aimed at supporting underserved women in completing their
chemotherapy, radiation and surgery in order to increase their
chances of survival and to alleviate the debilitating side effects of cancer
treatment through massage, acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, yoga and mind body
stress reduction, and end of life care. Services are delivered in four
CMCC serves over 750
women who are battling both cancer and poverty at locations in Oakland and San
Francisco. Eighty percent of our women have breast cancer;
seventy-five percent of the client base are women of color and for over forty
percent English is not their first language. Sixty-five percent of all
CMCC clients have advanced cancers and are undergoing rigorous treatments in
their quest to survive.
Friend to Friend Fund - UCSF Partners in Care at UCSF Mt. Zion
Friend to Friend understands the challenges faced by patients during
their breast cancer journey because they have been down that road, too. That's
what makes the boutique special. Many of the staff, most of whom are
volunteers, are cancer survivors themselves.
Friend to Friend serves approximately 200 women
each year by giving away $40,000 to $45,000 in wigs, hats, mastectomy
bras, camisoles and breast prostheses. The population served by the boutique
comes from the Bay Area and are referred by social workers who determine the
level of need. Clients are served in the boutique with dignity, privacy
and compassion. Friend to Friend is a program of UCSF Partners in Care.
INTRODUCING OUR 2013 NATIONAL BENEFICIARY
METAvivor Research & Support, Inc.
Many people do not realize that metastatic breast cancer is a widespread and deadly disease that strikes at random and takes over 40,000 American lives every year. Survivors think they are safe because they were diagnosed early, or because they have had no recurrence in five years. Sadly, no survivor is safe. People diagnosed at stage 0 as well as 30-year survivors can and do metastasize. Indeed, 30% of all breast cancer patients ultimately metastasize. And metastasis continues to be fatal for one simple reason… the research that could extend and even save lives is not being funded. This is the world that we, the metastatic breast cancer patients, live in. It is a world we never knew existed until the day that we too were diagnosed. And that is why we founded METAvivor.
METAvivor Research and Support is an all-volunteer, largely patient run non-profit for metastatic/stage IV breast cancer (MBC). Its mission is to raise awareness, fund MBC research and offer patient support. Determined that one day patients will no longer die from the disease, METAvivor raises funds throughout the year to award its own MBC research grants. By the end of 2013, METAvivor will have awarded over one-half million dollars in MBC research grants. Our awareness campaigns continue to rally people to the cause and our efforts in support of MBC patients have helped people throughout the US and overseas. We invite you to learn more about our organization by visiting our website at: www.metavivor.org.