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Thank you for considering a donation to our cause. All money stays in the Ozarks to help families or individuals dealing with breast cancer. You can pledge a monetary donation and/or a gift of time. Join others donors in the BCFO Legacy of Hope Society.
Kristen found a lump in her breast when she was 27 years old but was told she was too young to have breast cancer. When Kristen did consult a surgeon, the diagnosis of breast cancer was made one year after her initial inquiry regarding the lump.
Linda McAllister, a business associate and friend of Kristen's, knew Kristen had no family in the area and was in a terrible emotional state about her diagnosis and prognosis. Linda felt the support of other survivors in the area would be helpful to Kristen. Mary Beth O'Reilly met Kristen at Kristen's first chemotherapy treatment. They became good friends.
Mary Beth introduced her to other survivors of breast cancer who became friends with Kristen through her long battle with the disease. On December 18, 1998, Kristen O'Brien Hardy lost her life to recurrent breast cancer at the age of 31.
Kristen's friends and family who desired to make memorial contributions on her behalf wanted funds to be available to assist others dealing with breast cancer. They also wanted the funds to stay local. At that time, there was no vehicle to ensure that their contributions would go directly back into the community.
In May 1999, Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks was established to provide help and hope to local families impacted by breast cancer. The first contribution was made by BCFO founder, Mary Beth O'Reilly, and matched by Kristen's surgeon, Joni Scott, MD, in tribute to all the patients Dr. Scott has treated for breast cancer. Other breast cancer survivors and friends of Kristen have made donations in her memory as well. Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks incorporated on February 23, 2000 and received not-for-profit status the following year.
Education on a variety of issues is an emphasis for BCFO because of situations like Kristen's. She sought medical attention for a lump in her breast a year prior to her diagnosis and was told she was too young for breast cancer. Because of this and similar situations, there is a need to focus education on those under 40 as well as those over 40.
|BCFO seeks to reduce the physical, financial and emotional burdens of breast cancer on the communities served by the foundation. Support provided by BCFO is made possible through the generosity of individuals and businesses and through special grants. All contributions stay local.
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Your foundation was of immense help to me. You paid my three largest bills for three months, which helped a lot, expecially with the gas I had to buy to get back and forth to treatment. You paid for my kids' school clothes, which was another bill I was scrambling to pay. Then, when I thought all of the help I received was done, you sent me a debit card with which to buy Christmas presents for my children. I know the extra money I had to pay for gas and other bills helped in my treatment, I didn't have to miss a single chemotherapy or radiation treatment because of that fact.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the help offered to me by your outstanding organization. The emotional and financial support received has been, quite literally, life-changing. It is a great relief to have my financial burdens lightened during this time.
The words, "Thank you" simply do not express the gratitude I have for BCFO, volunteers, and supporters. Your organization provided me 4 months of rent and utilities paid, as well as paying off my vehicle. I was able to focus on myself and getting through treatment.
I don't think I can ever thank you all enough for the generous help BCFO has provided for myself and my 2 daughters during my treatment for breast cancer. We were able to enjoy Christmas, stay warm during the winder, and I could focus on healing rather than my electric bill!
My mother recently battled breast cancer and your foundation was the only one to help them. I can't even begin to tell you how your help aided my parents in a time of need. You were the light in their darkest time.
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks provides resources and support for local individuals and families impacted by breast cancer.