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http://bcaction.org/2016/06/23/4-questions-to-ask-before-you-walk-for-breast-cancer-2/

My Mom (bless her) had breast cancer at age 83.  So I'm all about raising awareness.

What I'm NOT all about is raising money, in my Mother's name, to profit ANYONE other than women living with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

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http://bcaction.org/2016/06/23/member-perspective-beth-caldwell/
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I lost my Mom to breast cancer last year. It is an awful disease and I'm so sorry that your Mom is dealing with it. I think that one of the best ways or places to contribute is to donate hats, or wigs to the local cancer center. It might be something small, but it means the world to someone.
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In our family right now, my sister's best friend had MS which was diagnosed a few years ago and breast cancer this year.  She's 44 years old and just had a double mastectomy.  

I agree with you Shutterbug on donating locally.  There is a great article here: http://breastcancerconsortium.net/resources/beyond-awareness-workbook/background/research-dollars/
about how much money the top three breast cancer organizations raise versus how much goes to research.

Even with the organization that bun referred to, their latest 990 return shows they raised $857k and salaries were $647K.  So basically with the money raised, employees are paid and the remainder goes to whatever else they do, which they describe in very broad terms.  I'm not actually sure what they do specifically.  The first thing I saw on their website was a big red "donate here" button.

I was involved in the non-profit world for a long time, and I am very jaded with a lot of the big organizations.  In all fairness, a lot of money is raised by lobbyists, and they are very well paid.  In that respect, it's a squeaky wheel deal.  When you look at a 990 though, lobbyist payments are not listed in salaries.  They are consultants or contractors.  And in the case of Breast Cancer Action.org, they take no government of corporate funds, so the money raised is from the general public.  

It's a great article but at the end, the author is fundraising for this group.  They say the number has not decreased since 1976.  I wish I knew where that came from.  With statistics like this, deaths are measured by rate, not number.  You have to account for population increase among other things, like people living longer.

This might be tmi, but if anyone is thinking of donating to any organization, check them out first.  I got the 990 report from Guidestar.org and it was free.




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Thanks shutterbug,

My Mom, sadly, passed away 3 years ago at 94 yrs old.  Not from breast cancer.....
from missing my father and being tired of being sick in other ways. Mom made the decision to stop all meds, all food, all water.

The most courageous, profound experience I have ever witnessed in my life.
A life she gave to me......... regardless of my ups and downs, I am forever humbled by her life example.  I try to remember how my Mom would handle situations that I find myself worrying over.

My Mom knitted scarves and hats for our local Breast Cancer organization.  That's the kind of woman she was.  She also was my and Mr. Bun's, creator.......in 1960.

(Love you Mom)

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You know our local hospital has something like that. There is a lady that makes a bag for them. She sews them and embroiders on them and they are filled with scarfs and hats etc.

It's a good way to help out. My grandmother had breast cancer 30+ years ago. She will be z90 in January

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