The Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio is a statewide, independent, not-for-profit organization established in November 2004 and incorporated January 2005. It is the only statewide breast cancer organization that keeps 100% of funds in Ohio.
Formed by survivors, the purpose of the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio is to distribute funds from the sale of Ohio's Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate to organizations around Ohio for emergency financial assistance to breast cancer patients and to improve access to quality health care and clinical trials.
The idea for the plate surfaced in 2004 when breast cancer advocacy groups saw an increase in appeals from breast cancer patients needing assistance with payment of rent, utility and medical expenses as well as transportation to treatment.
In 2005, Senator Tom Roberts of Dayton and Representative Sandra Harwood of Niles spearheaded passage of legislation to create the Breast Cancer License Plate. Since the plate was introduced in July of that year, nearly 6,000 have been sold.
Each plate purchased generates $25 for the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio. These funds are used in our efforts to provide emergency, temporary financial assistance and other critical services to breast cancer patients in Ohio.
Research studies have shown that patients who receive quality education and have a strong support system with access to quality care have much higher rates of survival. The ultimate principle of the Fund is to promote timely access to quality breast cancer treatment for all who are diagnosed with this disease.
Breast cancer will not be cured and research cannot advance unless Ohioans have access to quality, affordable breast screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow up care and support services.
The following are Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio's Core Values regarding access to quality breast health care and support services:
A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
The Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Since its inception in 2005, the organization has distributed $378,902 to community organizations to provide critical services to women and men undergoing breast cancer treatment:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors forwards the mission of the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio: to help Ohio breast cancer patients survive the hardships of cancer treatments by providing emergency, temporary financial assistance.
All board members are required to adhere to the board governance policies, which are reviewed on an annual basis.
If you are interested in joining the board, click here.
Ruth Ann Pistner
Marshall D. Ruchman, JD
Amy Rock, PhD
LeSha A. Thorpe, CTP, AAP
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PO Box 31238, Independence, OH 44138
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