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Could YOU afford breast cancer? Many can’t.
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Five Women Need Your Help RIGHT NOW

This Mothers’ Day, some Moms who are bravely facing breast cancer are struggling to pay the bills due to lost wages, inadequate benefits, and the extra expenses that come with a breast cancer diagnosis.  There are currently dozens of breast cancer patients on our waiting list, many of them moms with young children; we need your help to provide financial assistance to five of them. 


At the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund (CBCSF) we provide financial assistance to help patients across Canada who are struggling financially during their treatment for breast cancer. This is the harsh truth: 80% of the financial support we provide helps patients cover the cost of food and shelter. We are a volunteer-run organization and the only Canadian charitable breast cancer organization that is drawing attention to this most urgent issue.


Our Goal is $10,000 – It will go DIRECTLY to Women in Need

Our goal is to help 5 women at the top of our waiting list. We provide grants of up to $2,000 for each eligible applicant. Every donation, small and large, helps. Please take a look at our symbolic giving options to the right and see which one feels right for you.


There's a Side to Breast Cancer You May Not Know About

Despite billions raised to find a cure someday, many of the 23,000 Canadian women diagnosed with breast cancer this year need financial support TODAY…

Because the rent is due
Groceries need to be bought
Expensive hospital parking adds up
Wages are lost during treatment and recovery
Benefits run out before treatment is completed
All required medications are not covered by provincial health care plans


Who We Help

Most of the women we support are mothers
75% have annual household incomes less than $25,000
25% are living with stage 4 metastatic (terminal) breast cancer, and
2/3 of these patients have children under age 16

Here are some of the women we've helped. Their stories are just like the 5 women who need urgent help and the dozens of others still waiting for support:

  Jill, Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer

Jill, 35: Mother of two sweet kids, ages 3 and 5.  After completing treatment in 2012, Jill went back to jogging and felt really strong as she recovered from breast cancer. But, since being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer,  Jill hasn't been able to go back to work or do many of the activities she used to do.  Because of her breast cancer, Jill has lost half of her vision and has difficulty with her balance.  The financial struggle has been difficult and has added an extra challenge to her battle with breast cancer.  "When I reached out to The Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund for some financial help, I was very grateful that they were generous and helped me to pay for some of my bills.  The CBCSF is an amazing, and supportive organization with huge hearts." 


Daniela, 45:
Mother and sole provider for a wonderful teenaged daughter, Daniela discovered a lump in her right when she was 42. It was determined that Daniela had a highly aggressive and uncommon form of breast cancer that accounts for only 10 – 15% of all cases. Treatment and recovery took just over a year. Due to lost wages, the cost of travel from a small town, parking and a special diet for complications due to treatment, Daniela found that even receiving short term disability benefits through her job was not enough to provide for herself and her daughter. She even used the local food bank. “As a result of these realities, it cost me over $25,000 to have breast. If it weren’t for the Breast Cancer Support Fund's help with utility bills, mortgage payments and grocery costs, it is likely that I would have lost my house. I admire CBCSF for calling attention to this important issue and I am forever grateful for the help they provided me and my daughter at a time when no one should have to worry about money."


Lerma, 42 (far right):
Widowed ten years ago when her three boys were under the age of seven, Lerma was working two jobs when she was diagnosed with locally advanced breast cancer. She required chemotherapy before and after surgery and radiation therapy. Her type of breast cancer is HER2neu positive and requires treatment of Herceptin every three weeks for eleven months. “Being diagnosed with cancer affected my whole life, I felt devastated and my dreams for my family felt shattered. Because of your support, I am able to recuperate with less stress. To your organization and all of the people behind this good deed- my deepest gratitude.”

 


Kathy, 50:
Wife, and mother of 2 grown boys.  Kathy describes her breast cancer story beginning at five years of age when she remembers vividly that her maternal grandmother was diagnosed; and later so would 4 of her great aunts. Eventually an aunt and three cousins were diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2013, when Kathy felt a lump, her first thoughts turned to breast cancer, given her family history. When a lumpectomy didn't provide clear margins, Kathy opted to have a mastectomy and is planning on reconstructive surgery.  "I have found it emotionally, physically and financially draining. There were many "extra" costs I never even dreamed of. Although, my family has never been well-off, I could not afford to get breast cancer. The Support Fund helped me. It made life a bit easier.  It took off some of the financial pressure and helped me pay for the wound dressings, the prosthetic breasts and helped with the cost of gas for travelling to the cancer clinic and the parking expense.  I can't thank them enough."


The Cost of Breast Cancer

The financial difficulties that follow a breast cancer diagnosis are well documented, but very little attention has been paid to solving this problem. In a Canadian Study of breast cancer patients:

16% of breast cancer patients had their jobs terminated while undergoing treatment

17% were unable to return to their previous job with the same title and salary

21% of respondents said they returned to work before they were fully able due to financial pressure

27% percent took on debt to cover treatment costs

38wks The average length of treatment for breast cancer is 38 weeks. However, Employment Insurance benefits provide payments for only 15 weeks.

For a case study on the costs of breast cancer, click on the following link:
http://cbcsf.ca/about-us/the-cost-of-breast-cancer


The Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund
(CBCSF) is a national, volunteer-driven charitable organization dedicated to providing short-term financial assistance to breast cancer patients.

For more information about us go to www.cbcsf.ca.
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$20 CAD
Donation helps pay for hospital parking
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We all know how expensive parking is in general. Hospital parking is particularly expensive. $20 buys an hour of hospital parking., today. The average course of treatment that includes surgery, chemo, radiation takes 38 weeks. Hospital parking adds up.
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$25 CAD
Donation helps towards healthy nutrition
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It can be hard, even for the most diligent among us, to eat healthily. And for Canadians with breast cancer, good nutrition is essential. So when you donate $25, you’re not giving money – you’re helping someone who needs it most eat well to get better, today.
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$50 CAD
Donation helps pay for groceries
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For most of us, grocery shopping is, at most, a chore. When someone is sick, it can seem insurmountable. Help make this kind of everyday task easier for someone with breast cancer. Donate $50, and make sure that money is one less thing they have to worry about today.
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$100 CAD
Donation will help with almost everything.
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A donation of $100 could help offset the cost of almost anything – a breast prosthetic, a wig, a month of hospital parking, treatment for a side effect of surgery that isn't covered by health care, child care. It’s a big gift that can make an even bigger impact, today.
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$200 CAD
Donation helps to heat a home
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The cost of hydro and heat continue to rise. Imagine having to choose between buying food for you and your children or paying to heat your home. $200 will help someone pay for utilities for one month so they don’t have to choose.
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$500 CAD
Help with travel costs to and from treatment
  • 1 claimed
Imagine that the nearest treatment centre is many kilometres away - and you have to go back and forth repeatedly for treatment. (radiation alone can take 5 or 6 weeks, five times a week) All this travel while you're not feeling well. Patients who live far from urban centres have to drive many kilometres and sometimes take the bus or train. Your donation will help offset the costs of getting to and from treatment.
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$1,000 CAD
Donation will help with just about anything.
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Living pay cheque to pay cheque is a challenging way to live. Finding extra money to pay for the costs of having cancer can be next to impossible. Sometimes the added expenses are taken from the food budget and you use the food bank. Sometimes, you get behind on your rent.
$1,000 will help a patient pay their landlord.
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