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Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) Offers Services to the Four States Region

SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) announced the extension of services to the Four States region just over thirteen months ago. At that time, the BCFO board of directors agreed unanimously to increase BCFO’s commitment to the region by extending the safety net to clients across the state line. The initial fundraising in the four state area was done in conjunction with Barnyard Days, the Family Fun Farm event featuring the area’s premiere Arts and Crafts show. Over $12,000 was raised because of the involvement of Barnyard Days.

Since this announcement, BCFO has provided $72, 909.94 in direct financial assistance to Four States residents in treatment for breast cancer. Over $63,000 in assistance was provided to residents of Jasper and Newton Counties alone, with additional services being extended to residents of Barton, Cherokee, Delaware, McDonald and Ottawa. Services offered to the east of the listed counties are not included in these metrics.

The agency provides non-medical financial assistance to those in need through BCFO’s Client Assistance Program. Assistance has been provided for rent or mortgage, auto repairs, utility assistance, and auto payments. All bills are paid to invoice. Clients must be in current treatment for breast cancer with demonstrated financial need. Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks is a local 501(c)3 not-for-profit agency serving southwest Missouri and the Four States region. BCFO is an organization of people reaching out to friends and neighbors who have been affected by breast cancer. BCFO offers personal support and comfort in real and practical ways, providing support networks, mentor programs, a full range of resources regarding breast cancer awareness, diagnosis and treatment, where to find related community services, and more.

BCFO offers early detection and increased survival through the BCFO Free Screening Mammography Program open to women who are uninsured or lack coverage for mammography; and relief from pain of lymphedema suffered as a result of breast cancer through the purchase of lymphedema garments for those without adequate medical coverage or finances.

For more information on BCFO’s support services call toll-free 866-874-1915 or visit bcfo.org. All requests are kept confidential. To support BCFO, mark your calendar to attend Barnyard Days on October 1, 2, and 3. All contributions to BCFO from the Four States region remain in the Four States region.