Northbaybiz.Com To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation Awards 2016 Grants To 16 Bay Area Nonprofits

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Apr 14, 2016,
To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation
breast cancer nonprofit

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Foundation grants over $4.55 million since inception to Bay Area breast cancer nonprofits

To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization whose goal is to ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone, is thrilled to announce the recipients of their 2016 grant awards that were distributed among 16 Bay Area nonprofit organizations totaling $300,000.


These awards bring the total granted since the organization’s inception in 1996 to over $4.55 million. The recipients were chosen from a pool of applicants by the Foundation’s Grants Review Committee, which is made up of community health and medical leaders, breast cancer survivors, Foundation supporters and past and present Foundation directors. The grants were given to nonprofits which help women and men with breast health issues by providing emergency, direct and patient navigation services, financial support for the underserved, holistic complementary therapies, diagnostics and emotional support programs. For more information call 415-455-5882 or visit


“We are incredibly proud to have granted over $4.5 million dollars in the past 20 years to the many important programs that assist underserved populations with breast health issues,” said Jane Pallas, To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation Board President. “Our vision has always been that no one should face breast cancer alone.  With the support of our generous donors and the tremendous work of our volunteers, we are making a difference in the day-to-day care of those living with the challenges of breast cancer.”


The 2016 Grant Recipients reflect the diversity of services and communities the Foundation seeks to support.  Grant recipients are located throughout the 9-county Bay Area and provide services from patient navigation to emergency financial assistance.


2016 Grant Recipients:


Alameda Health System Foundation – Oakland

Transportation Fund for Breast Cancer Patients


Bay Area Cancer Connections  – Palo Alto

The Gabriella Patser Program


Breast Cancer Emergency Fund – San Francisco /San Mateo/Santa Clara

Emergency Financial Assistance


Ceres Community Project – Sebastopol/ San Rafael /Alameda

Healing Meals for Breast Cancer Patients


Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic – Oakland

Addressing Unmet Needs of Low-Income Women with Breast Cancer


HERS Breast Cancer Foundation – Fremont/Palo Alto/Pleasanton

Lymphedema Project


Institute for Health & Healing –Greenbrae

Holistic Support for Breast Cancer Patients


Latina Breast Cancer Agency – San Francisco

Mujeres Cuidando Mujeres / Women Caring for Women Patient Navigation


Marin Center for Independent Living – San Rafael

Mary Mathews Breast Cancer Advocacy Project


Marin General Hospital Foundation – Greenbrae

Strength ABC Program  and Diagnostic Fund for Un/Under-insuredPatients


Pilipino Senior Resource Center – San Francisco

Kapwa Kalinga “Care for Each Other” Navigation and Emergency Services


San Francisco General Hospital Foundation – San Francisco

Lymphedema Education and Referral Program (LERP)


Shanti Project- San Francisco

Margot Murphy Breast Cancer Program


Sunflower Wellness – San Francisco/Marin

Beyond Breast Cancer


Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation – Santa Rosa

Cancer Support Services


Women’s Cancer Resource Center – Oakland


Emergency Financial Assistance


Grant funds were generated from the 2015 Stepping Out To Celebrate Life gala in addition to donations from major donors, community events and individual donors. Major donors include Harbor Point Charitable Foundation; Jeanne and Adolph Capurro; Marin Cancer Care, Marin General Hospital; Wells Fargo Foundation; Blanche Thebom Trust; The Dailey Method; Destination Wealth Management, Inc.; Kaiser Permanente; Marin Luxury Cars/Price Family Dealerships; Kathryn Niggeman; Frank and Lois Noonan; Wareham Development; Yvonne and Charles Robinson, YJK Enterprises, Inc.; Julie and Thomas Ballard; Linda and Drew Dowsett; Fenwick Foundation; Gruber Family Foundation; Robert Kaliski and Linda Nelson; Louderback Law Group; Meadow Club Women’s Golf Association; Paul Reiche; Janice and Eduard Still; Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation; UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and William H. Donner Foundation, Inc.

Foundation major donors and partners presented awards at the March 28th Grants Reception on behalf of the Foundation. Presenters include Dine DeMarlie; Patti Pedroli; Chuck Louderbach; Bobbie Head, MD; Yvonne Robinson; Ray Kaliski; Janice Still; Pat Kendall; Cheryl Ewing, MD; Jeanne Capurro, Wendy Barbaria, Mary Greenberg, Tori Murray and Roxanne Sheridan.

To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation is a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to support Bay Area people facing breast cancer by funding direct and emergency services.  Since its inception in 1996, the Foundation has raised and distributed over $4.55 million to Bay Area nonprofits that help people dealing with breast cancer or who have breast health issues.  For more information, call (415) 455-5882 or visit

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Name: To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation
Phone: 415-455-5882

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