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About Us

BCFOhioThe Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio (BCFOhio) is a statewide, independent, nonprofit organization established in November 2004 and incorporated January 2005. 100% of funds raised stay 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 Canscer Awareness License Plate and other contributions 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, more than 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.

BCFOhioResearch studies have shown that patients who receive quality education, have a strong support system, and have ready 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:

  • Access: to all the appropriate care you need when you need it
  • Information: that is complete and correct
  • Choice: about providers, treatment and services
  • Respect: from everyone in the health care and support services system
  • Accountability: so there is a way to identify and fix problems
  • 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 incorporation in 2005, the organization has distributed $812,030 to community organizations to provide critical services to women and men undergoing breast cancer treatment:



Click here for a complete list of grantees.


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.

To download our annual report, click here.


© 2008-2023. Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio. All rights reserved.

BCFOhio is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) nonprofit. EIN: 20-2269622
PO Box 31238, Independence, OH 44131

Patient Navigation, Community Outreach, & Grants Administration:
Joy Lewis, Executive Director | 216-233-0777 | Fax 216-901-1601 | joy@bcfohio.org