Back in March, I was so pleased to write about a new organization, the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund, and their different approach to cancer support.
I recently spoke with founder, Donna Sheehan to see what was new. In case you missed it the first time, I’m repeating the post a little further down this page.
I’m also including this link to a Toronto fundraising event, Night Of The 9 Muses, for the CBCSF , June 13th, organized by Canadian entrepreneur ROULA PANAGIOTOPOULOS . Here is their information page about CBCSF. If you are in Toronto, why not consider putting this on your calendar? It sounds like a fab evening!
Here’s the repeated post with a new update about the Holly and Ivy launch.
CANADIAN BREAST CANCER SUPPORT FUND is a new charitable organization. Its vision is to ease the burden of breast cancer patients who are facing financial difficulties. In fact, it’s so new you may not have heard of it yet … but you will!
Toronto native Donna Sheehan was the manager of a peer support program at Willow, a national charity that provides support and information about breast cancer. As she became more aware of the financial pressures that create hardship for many breast cancer patients and their families, she decided to focus on doing something to help alleviate those monetary challenges.
It’s one thing to cope with accepting a breast cancer diagnosis and the required treatment, but often we neglect to think of how the basic needs of an individual or family will be affected.
The cost of food, shelter, restorative therapies and treatments, childcare and even something as seemingly unimportant as parking can add up quickly, not to mention the strain of being off work for 8 to 10 months. Government benefits only provide support for 15 weeks and not everyone has access to private insurance coverage for short-term disability.
Although the funding arm for cancer research is well established, the funding arm for support is seriously lacking. Donna, along with a very informed advisory committee as well as a board of directors, is doing her part to give this important issue a voice and a solution. Approved for status as a charitable organization, the past year has been spent establishing the framework necessary to allow CBCSF to swing into action very soon.
The “green” in their motto, Green is the new pink™, represents their intention to raise awareness about the links between breast cancer and the environment.
Update: Donna told me today that the imminent launch is now being planned for the new website, Holly and Ivy. She will send me the venue details once they are confirmed but it will be soon! Yay!
The social enterprise will offer natural and organic skincare, cosmetics and personal care products all entirely free of toxic chemicals.
Keeping toxic chemicals and carcinogens out of the environment by purchasing low-impact, earth-friendly products is another way we can all contribute to lessening their effect on our health.
Fifty percent of the profits from Holly and Ivy will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund. The hope is that this contribution will cover the administrative costs and in time 100% of your donation will go directly to providing short-term financial support to needy breast cancer patients. This is the dream.
Be sure to take time to read their excellent website. It provides a wealth of vital information and suggestions for your support and there’s a Facebook page for you to *like* too! To all of you who went to their website and Facebook pages back in March, many thanks! If you didn’t manage to get there before … now’s your chance. Thanks for sharing these links!
In the spirit of paying it forward consider giving up your grande Caramel Frappacino or Expresso Macchiato or your regular coffee (double, double) on Fridays and instead make a $5.00 donation to Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund. Five Dollar Fridays Rock!
So three cheers to Donna for being a woman with a vision and making good things happen.
I’m adding here a link to a powerful movie, “Pink Ribbons, Inc” , featured at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and recently released and still available at some selected theatres. It addresses the highly controversial subject of “cause marketing” and informs us about “pinkwashing” and the involvement of corporations in fundraising and the impact this has had on charities.