The Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation (501c-3) is dedicated to putting an end to Breast Cancer.
The sad truth is that despite decades of research, nearly 300,000 people will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2011. The sadder truth is that, despite millions of dollars and research hours, without a significant increase in Clinical Trial participation, Breast Cancer will continue to be the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of Cancer death among American women for many years to come.
The discovery of the Cure and the ultimate Prevention of Breast Cancer depend upon the participation of Breast Cancer Warriors in Clinical Trials. Clinical Trials are conducted in many research facilities throughout America. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people with Breast Cancer do not live next door to these facilities.
In order to participate in a Clinical Trial, a Breast Cancer Warrior must either commute many miles to and from these facilities or spend months in residence at a nearby hotel or motel. (Although there are a few Residence Facilities that exist solely for the purpose of housing Clinical Trials participants, these Residence Facilities are few and far between.) With the price of gasoline and the cost of a lengthy hotel or motel stay being as high as they are, the financial burden of participating in Clinical Trials is simply more than most Breast Cancer Warriors can afford.
As long as Breast Cancer Clinical Trials openings remain unfilled, the Cure and the Prevention of Breast Cancer will remain out of reach.
Enter: The Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation.
The Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation’s goal is to fill every Breast Cancer Clinical Trial opening by removing the barriers that currently prevent thousands of eligible Breast Cancer Warriors from participating.
Through extensive national fundraising, as well as both private and corporate donations, The Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation will
cover the cost of commuting to Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Sites as well as, when needed, the cost of lodging for the duration of a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial.
In addition to removing the financial barriers to Clinical Trial participation, the BCWF will conduct a national Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Awareness Campaign designed to dispel the many myths and misunderstandings that currently keep thousands of Breast Cancer Warriors from participating in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials.
The Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation will also address the all-important area of "After Care" for Breast Cancer Warriors.
In today’s medical environment, after Breast Cancer Warriors have completed treatment (Surgery; Chemotherapy; Radiation, Alternative Therapies, et al), they are on their own. Unfortunately, Breast Cancer assaults not merely our body, but our mind, our spirit, and our self-image. Physical recovery is one thing – emotional recovery is quite another, and it is the emotional recovery that modern medicine seems to ignore.
Even after medical treatment has ended and a Breast Cancer Warrior has been told that she or he is in Remission, or is "Dancing With N.E.D." (NED = "No Evidence of Disease") the fear of Recurrence is a constant. Every pain, every unusual 'feeling’ can cause a BC Warrior to wonder "is it back?". Once one has heard the words "You have Breast Cancer", Cancer is, at least on some level, a permanent resident in the back of the mind.
When treatment is over, countless Baby Boomer BC Warriors find themselves unemployed, and overwhelmed by the fear that Breast Cancer has rendered them unemployable. "Who will hire me, at my age, knowing that I’ve had Breast Cancer? How will I earn a living?"
For those who have undergone Mastectomy without Reconstructive Surgery, learning to be comfortable in our own skin can be a long, difficult process. For those whose personal identity is directly tied to their physical appearance, a body reconfigured by Mastectomy can create a serious identity crisis. "If I’m not 'sexy’ who am I?" – that one question is asked daily by countless BC Warriors, and discovering the answer is absolutely essential to the emotional healing process.
That 'emotional healing process’ is often referred to as creating a "New Normal". It’s a process that takes conscious effort and is best accomplished in a supportive environment.
For that reason, The Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation will establish Breast Cancer Warrior 'Havens’ – Retreats staffed by wellness professionals – where Breast Cancer Warriors can begin the journey to their "New Normal".
Breast Cancer Warrior Havens will offer on-site Therapists; Yoga Classes; Meditation Sessions; Massage Therapy; Counseling; Nutrition Classes; Cooking Classes and a wide range of activities designed to rekindle the spirit, exercise the body, and energize the soul.
To achieve these goals, The Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation will conduct fundraising activities nation-wide. The sale of an ever-expanding assortment of Breast Cancer Warrior merchandise will also help us provide the resources needed to achieve our Mission.
The Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation -- the cornerstone of a world without Breast Cancer.