Blossoming Beyond: Celebrating Second Chances Breast Cancer Fund
The Brother’s Brother Foundation Breast Cancer Fund was started in October of 2021 by Laura Kelly, BBF’s Vice President of Communications and Development, following her own diagnosis of Stage III Invasive Breast Cancer.
The fund has supported patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer or prostate at the infusion center at St. Luke's Montefiore Hospital in New York—where Laura also received treatment—and Ribbons of Love, a program that provides medical treatment to women battling cancer in Honduras. Most recently, BBF’s Breast Cancer Fund provided a grant to support a breast cancer imaging program led by RAD-AID, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving access to medical imaging and radiology in countries with underdeveloped health care.
In 2023, the program has expanded to support and offer resources for those who have recently completed treatments as well. The Blossoming Beyond campaign is dedicated to funding post-recovery support that empowers breast cancer survivors to flourish in their new chapters of life.
"It takes a significant amount of resources for a person to regain their health following breast cancer treatment, and supportive care is not always prioritized following the conclusion of treatments. Many cannot afford the extra expenses associated with post-surgery counseling or therapy," said Laura. "Supportive services are essential in recovery—both physical and emotional healing - and are associated with better overall outcomes."
We have introduced several different ways to support the Breast Cancer Fund, each named after a flower that symbolizes strength. The daffodil, tulip, and iris are bulb flowers that blossom in the spring following challenging and difficult winter conditions. Join us in empowering breast cancer survivors as they blossom beyond their diagnosis.