Breast Cancer Network of WNY

Metastatic Research Initiative Fund

BCN contributes to and collaborates with the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester in the BCCR Research Initiative where they award significant annual grants to local researchers working specifically on metastatic breast cancer. Throughout the year, we do fundraisers and designate memorial donations to raise funds to donate to this cause. There are numerous ways to donate to “breast cancer” but in most cases, only a small percentage of your donation will be directed to research. When donating to our Research Initiative, 100% of your contribution will be given directly to the researcher.

Financial Assistance

BCN has developed two financial assistance programs to assist those facing both a breast cancer diagnosis and financial hardship. As another pillar of our mission, we are happy to be able to help people with expenses they incur due to the disease. There are several ways we support those in need including:

Adopt-A-Family

Our Adopt-a-Family is designed to assist breast cancer patients currently undergoing treatment who are experiencing financial difficulties due to the disease.

Eligibility:

  • Person must be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Person must live in one of the eight counties of Western New York (Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, Genesee, Allegany)
  • Board members and general membership are not eligible (including spouses, children and descendants)
  • Person must prove financial need by providing the following information: copy of most recent W2 or tax return, letter explaining need, receipt of bills needing payment. Additional information may be requested as needed.

A committee of Breast Cancer Network of Western New York members receives and reviews referrals for the program and makes determinations according to the above stated requirements. Each person may apply for up to $500. A total of $2,000 is designated for the Adopt-A-Family program each year. Your personal information will never be shared with a third party.

Metastatic Fund

Our Metastatic Fund was designed to provide financial assistance specifically for metastatic breast cancer patients. The metastatic fund grants are also limited to $500 each and the same criteria as Adopt-A-Family applies.

Click the button below to apply.

Here are some of the comments we have received from recipients of Adopt-A-Family and Metastatic Fund Grants:

"Thank you so much for your generous check. It helped with my co-pays for my scans and new treatments."

"Thank you so much for all you did in helping us to become current on our mortgage during that difficult time."

"It was a prayer answered and we are truly blessed to have the support of the Breast Cancer Network."

Community Outreach

As a part of our mission and commitment to education and advocacy, we offer a Teen Awareness Program. With this, we are able to send a small team of trained volunteers into groups of teens and talk to them about breast cancer. One of the the key topics of BCN Teen Awareness is teaching self breast exams which in most cases, is the first time people hear about such an important method of early detection.

Contact us to have a member of BCN’s advocacy team visit your school or teen group.