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Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks Celebrates 10 Years of Service

SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) announces its ten year anniversary in 2010. BCFO has provided assistance to families throughout southwest Missouri for a decade. During this time, over $1.4 million has been expended to provide help and hope to local families facing breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks is a local 501(c)3 not-for-profit agency serving southwest Missouri and the Four States/Joplin region. BCFO is an organization of people reaching out to friends and neighbors who have been affected by breast cancer. Founded in 2000 by breast cancer survivor, Mary Beth O’Reilly, 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, referral to related community services, and more.

The agency provides non-medical financial assistance to those in need through the BCFO Client Assistance Program. Assistance has been provided for rent or mortgage, auto repairs, utility assistance, and auto payments. All bills are paid to invoice. A client may self refer; however, most referrals are received from healthcare providers. In order to qualify for services, the client must be in active treatment for breast cancer with demonstrated financial need.

BCFO clients come from a wide range of circumstances. When time away from work combines with unexpected financial obligations, many breast cancer patients are challenged to cover basic living expenses. One recent client came to BCFO when a caring nurse referred her for assistance with car repairs. A closer examination of this family’s situation revealed that the patient has primary care of her three grandchildren. The oldest of these was a high school senior. BCFO was able to provide appropriate attire for this young man to be able to attend his high school graduation. BCFO was also able to provide everyday clothing for all three children as well as help with other household bills. Each situation is unique, and each family is given individual consideration for assistance that would best meet their needs.

BCFO also 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. BCFO contracts with 11 health systems throughout southwest Missouri to provide these services.

For more information on BCFO’s support services call 417-862-3838 or visit bcfo.org. All requests are kept confidential. All contributions to BCFO remain in the region.