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About the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio ...

The Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio is a statewide, independent, not-for-profit organization established in November 2004 and incorporated January 2005. The Board of Trustees represents breast cancer programs around the State and is the only statewide breast cancer organization that keeps 100% of funds to benefit programs 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 to help provide emergency, temporary financial assistance to breast cancer patients. 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:

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Access: to all the appropriate care you need when you need it

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Information: that is complete and correct

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Choice: about providers, treatment and services

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Respect: from everyone in the health care and support services system

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Accountability: so there is a way to identify and fix problems

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Improvement: in the system so care continues to improve

 

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:

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

Total
$0
$39,840
$45,000
$25,640
$42,850
$69,700
$53,940
$113,622
$111,520
$502,112
 

Click here for a complete list of grantees.
 

ACCOUNTABILITY 

The Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio cannot fulfill its mission without the support of Ohio citizens, and we believe it is important to maintain your trust. We adhere to the ten principles of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Donor Bill of Rights and practice transparency. For our most recent tax statement, click here.

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.

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The Honorable C. Ellen Connally
President, Cuyahoga County Council 
Cleveland, Ohio

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Lisa Gallagher, MA, MT-BC
Music Therapy Program Manager
Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine
Institute

Cleveland, Ohio

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Karen K. Greenberger
Attorney at Law
Cincinnati, OH

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Angela Payne
Customer Relations Administrator, Ohio Savings Bank
Cleveland, OH

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Ruth Ann Pistner
Retired
Dublin, OH

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Marshall D. Ruchman, JD
Shareholder Attorney,
Altick & Corwin Co. LPA
Dayton, Ohio

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Amy Rock, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Geography,
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio

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Jacquie Skrzypiec
President, Jacq Connect
Akron/Maumee, Ohio


2008-2014. Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio. All rights reserved.

PO Box 31238, Independence, OH 44138

Patient Navigation, Community Outreach, & Grants Administration:
Deb Ferenc, General Administrator | 216-287-0355 |
Fax 216-901-1601 | deb@BCFOhio.org