To Our Dedicated Patients & Supporters:
For years, The Breast Cancer Society has been dedicated to providing assistance to those suffering from breast cancer.
The vast majority of money raised for breast cancer causes are spent to fund research. While research and education are both vital, thousands of victims of breast cancer each year need not only information and the hope for an eventual cure, but also require direct assistance today so that they and their families can meet the challenges of this disease.
And so, I created an organization dedicated to providing direct assistance, supplies and referral services to those battling breast cancer. I am especially proud to have created The Hope Supply Program, which has allowed us to partner with retailers and manufacturers to provide personal care supplies and much-needed items (wigs, prosthetic breast inserts, and post-mastectomy bras, for example) for patients and their families free of charge.
Charities – including some of the world’s best-known and reputable organizations – are increasingly facing the scrutiny of government regulators in the U.S. The Breast Cancer Society (TBCS) is no exception. Unfortunately, as our operations expanded – all with the goal of serving more patients – the threat of litigation from our government increased as well.
While the organization, its officers and directors have not been found guilty of any allegations of wrong doing, and the government has not proven otherwise, our Board of Directors has decided that it does not help those who we seek to serve, and those who remain in need, for us to engage in a highly publicized, expensive, and distracting legal battle around our fundraising practices.
The silver lining in all of this is that the organization has the ability to continue operating our most valued and popular program, the Hope Supply. Our Board will work tirelessly to maintain the Hope Supply program services that have benefitted our many patients for years – initially under the TBCS banner as it transitions under a different organization – all with the goal of seamlessly providing services to you. I take solace in the fact that this wonderful program has the chance to continue operating.
I have loved leading TBCS and being part of a team that engaged heart and soul in helping to serve the mission of the charity selflessly, tirelessly, and honorably.
On behalf of TBCS, I want to thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives. It is my hope that you will continue to find the resources and assistance you need through the soon-to-be revamped Hope Supply Program.
Giving back to the community is a mission that drives me. You will forever and always been in our hearts.
James T. Reynolds II