Where We Have Been Our mission is to provide help and hope to people newly diagnosed with breast cancer, helping them traverse the confusing and frightening journey through radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, and recovery. Baskets of Care was founded by breast cancer survivor Gail Cooper who was diagnosed in September 2009. During her personal battle with breast cancer, Gail became increasingly disappointed in the lack of support available at the time of diagnosis as well as the inadequate information and emotional support provided to patients. She recognized a need for hands-on assistance for others in the same situation. From her niece—a fellow breast cancer survivor—she learned about a breast cancer support program in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. From that point forward, Gail was determined to bring breast cancer support programming to her community. She met with breast health providers (ProMedica, Mercy, Toledo Clinic, The University of Toledo, and private physicians) as well as with staff from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The Victory Center, and the American Cancer Society to gauge their interest in bringing the Morgantown program concept to Toledo. By October 2010, Gail had created Baskets of Care, recruited a dedicated volunteer board of directors, and secured tax-exempt status from the IRS. In its ﬁrst year, BOC supported 300 people with breast cancer through Comfort Care Bags and peer support.
Baskets of Care: A Case for Support
People newly diagnosed with breast cancer need help, hope, and healing support. Please donate to Baskets of Care today.
Where Baskets of Care is Going in 2012-2013 1. Serve at least 400 people living with breast cancer through Comfort Care Bags and peer support 2. Host a new Night of Empowerment Series to provide space for BOC consumers and other survivors to come together for upbeat evenings of fun and socialization 3. Raise at least $25,000 through special events, third party events, grants, sponsorships, and an annual campaign 4. Implement new communications and social media activities to spread the word about Baskets of Care and resources available to people newly diagnosed with breast cancer 5.
Continue to provide services using an all-volunteer model with no overhead costs
• American women have a 12.5% chance of developing breast cancer sometime in their lives. • 3,833 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 in Northwest Ohio. • Among women 45 years of age and older, Northwest Ohio has slightly more new cases of female breast cancer than the State of Ohio.
• The Monroe County Health Department reported that from 1985-2008 more than 1,680 women were diagnosed with and nearly 500 women died from breast cancer.
Thank you for considering giving to Baskets of Care. Your investment in our work will make a meaningful difference in the life of someone at a time when she needs support the most. Your donations make our gifts of help, hope, and healing possible.
Thank you for your generous support!
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization in Northwest Ohio’s 2011 report found—
• Proportionally, more women die of breast cancer in Northwest Ohio than the U.S. as a whole.
For more information about giving, please contact Gail Cooper, executive director, at 419.283.9003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is Baskets of Care Important?
P.O. Box 351868 Toledo, OH 43635 www.basketsofcare.org 419.283.9003
“Breast cancer survivors indicated the need for an increase in community resources (i.e. ﬁnancial, treatment, and post-treatment supplies)…along with resources that make access to receiving screening and treatment more accessible for all women (i.e. insured, uninsured, low-income, middle-income).” BOC is the only organization in region that provides Comfort Care Bags integrated with peer support.
How Baskets of Care Supports Breast Cancer Survivors Our seminal program, Comfort Care Bags, are packed by volunteers and gifted on our behalf to newly diagnosed patients through our partnerships with surgeons and oncologists across Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Comfort Care Bags are gifted free of charge to anyone with breast cancer. The bags contain essential referral and contact information, educational materials, and comfort-care products. • The book Just Get Me Through This by Deborah Cohen • Educational materials provided by American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Baskets of Care
• A heart-shaped pillow, to wrap around seat belt to protect the breast, sewn by volunteers • A CD of relaxing music • A bar of chocolate
• Recommended “Questions to Ask Your Doctor”
• A healing shawl hand-knitted by volunteers
• A journal book and pen
• An adjustable belt with attachable pouches for holding post-surgery drainage tubes
• A two-year journey calendar and folio to hold records and appointments
Baskets of Care is the only grassroots nonproﬁt of its kind in Northwest Ohio. We are careful stewards of gifts we receive, and 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to programs and services for people with breast cancer. We have no paid staff, and we have no overhead costs (because of other generous donors and inkind supporters). Baskets of Care is sustained by donations, grants, special events, and sponsorships. “I support Baskets of Care because it has a unique way of providing comfort and support for breast cancer patients. Conceived by a breast cancer survivor, the basket contains items speciﬁcally designed to aid the patients in dealing with their condition from a mental rather than physical perspective.” — Richard P. Greenblatt, retired CPA
Ahava Spa & Wellness Center American Cancer Society Curves Sylvania Mercy Specialty Clinic Mobile Meals of Toledo Nowhere Hair ProMedica Cancer Center (The Toledo Hospital and Flower Hospital)
Renees Survivor Shop Susan G. Komen for the Cure
We also encourage peer support through volunteers who are also breast cancer survivors. New BOC consumers are paired with volunteers who are close to the same age or have similar life circumstances.
Why Baskets of Care is Worthy of Your Support
That Special Woman The Victory Center Toledo Surgical Associates
You Can Change the Lives of People with Breast Cancer,
University of Toledo Medical Center
Support Baskets of Care so we can provide people newly diagnosed with breast cancer with help, hope, and healing support.
Surgeons & Oncologists
We hope you will consider supporting our mission and work. Our 2012 annual campaign goal is $25,000. We need your help to make that possible.
Anita Leininger, MD
Your donation of just $50 today will provide one Comfort Care Bag to someone newly diagnosed with breast cancer in our community.
Gifts of all sizes make a difference. We welcome your support through: A gift of cash or securities allows you to take the maximum income tax deduction and allows us to put your gift to work immediately. You may donate online at www.basketsofcare.org. A multi-year pledge enables you to maximize tax deductions and make a larger gift by spreading it over two or three years. A deferred gift, such as a charitable bequest in your will or trust. Regardless of the way you choose to invest in Baskets of Care, please give today. Baskets of Care is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonproﬁt. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of federal law.
Amanda Matheny, MD
Bettina Nazemi, MD Candilee Butler, MD
2011 STATISTICS RESIDENCE Deﬁance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas (70%), Monroe, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams, Hancock, and Wood counties AGE Majority aged 40-79 years of age (range 23-90 years)
Constance Cashen, MD Daniel Benson, MD Ima Mohamed, MD John Feldmeier, MD John Stengle, MD
RACE/ETHNICITY 83% self-identiﬁed as Caucasian
Jonathan Wright, MD
PARENTS Nearly 20% have children under the age of 13 years at home
Manish Thusay, MD
INSURANCE 65% have private health insurance, 30% have Medicare/Medicaid, and three people have no health insurance
Michael Stark, MD
SURVIVORS 70% of our clients received a Comfort Care Bag less than one month after breast cancer diagnosis
Theodore Braun, MD
Stanley Rosol, MD
William Sternfeld, MD