Marin-based nonprofit provides support for underserved breast cancer patients

Where do you turn when you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and can’t afford treatment? Or you can’t work and the rent or utility bills need to be paid? While many organizations raise money for breast cancer research, To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit based in Marin County, has a more immediate focus.

Our Mission

Support people facing breast cancer by funding direct and emergency services.

Our Vision

No one should face breast cancer alone.

We raise money and give it away to Bay Area nonprofits

To accomplish this we:

  • Seek sponsorships, contributions and hold fundraising events
  • Assess needs and evaluate programs that best address the challenges faced by people undergoing breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery
  • Provide grants to Bay Area nonprofits that have demonstrated the ability to achieve their program goal, and evaluate results of funded programs

A volunteer-based organization, we’re guided by our thriver spirit and a passion to touch the hearts of those who need our help.


Signature fundraiser held in Marin

Stepping Out, our signature black-tie gala, takes place each year at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall. The highlight of this spectacular evening is an uplifting, inspirational fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors on the runway.

To date, with the generous support of our longtime donors, the Foundation has granted $4.55 million to Bay Area nonprofits through our Breast Cancer Grants Program. The funded programs provide direct and emergency services to underserved women and men in the Bay Area who are dealing with overwhelming health and financial emergencies from a breast cancer diagnosis or treatment.

How it all began

Our roots go back to 1996, when a group of breast cancer survivors in Marin County came together to hold a fashion show/fundraiser, the first Stepping Out Gala.  The event was so successful, it evolved into an annual gala, growing steadily year after year. Read more

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