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A LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER

Breastcancer.org is approaching its 20th year as the world’s leading online destination for people impacted by breast cancer. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, in treatment, finished treatment, or caring for a loved one, we are here for you 24 hours a day with expert-vetted medical information you can trust and a caring community of people who understand what you’re going through.

Our gratitude for your support is shared by more than 20 million people who’ve relied on us for the knowledge to make well-informed decisions and the confidence to self-advocate for the best care possible.

Actively listening to the voices that shape our global community has fortified our resolve to make a bold leap toward a truly individualized Breastcancer.org experience. We’ve never been better positioned to deliver what you need, when you need it, at every point throughout your breast cancer journey.

Like precision medicine, only recently has precision delivery of health information and peer support become possible with: new tools that enable individuals to share their diagnosis and treatment goals, access to electronic medical records, direct matching to clinical trials, and integrated guidelines for rapidly changing best practices. These innovations will help us save lives today and even more in the future by forging new opportunities to drive scientific discovery.

Thank you for joining us in saving lives while we advance prevention and cure for all people facing breast cancer worldwide.

Marisa C. Weiss, MD

Founder and Chief Medical Officer

OUR VISION RENEWED

Breastcancer.org remains committed to helping people make the best decisions for their lives. Since our start in 2000, we have focused on providing the help people need to make sense of complex medical and personal information about their breast health and breast cancer. Our mission has become more critical — and more achievable — than ever.

As medicine and technology continue to transform in amazing new ways, our own evolution into a truly personalized digital platform will revolutionize the ways we can educate, support, and empower people affected by breast cancer.

Our mission revitalized and our vision renewed, we are committed to making it easier than ever to access the information you need, to find peer support when you need it, to connect with the right clinical trials, and participate on the front lines of scientific innovation in cancer care.

“Whenever I feel anxious or isolated, I come here to read about shared experiences and to find advice, information, comfort, and encouragement.” Breastcancer.org “provides a true sense of community, which is a vital component in maintaining my emotional well-being as I navigate this difficult road we are all on. I wish none of us had to travel it, but at least we don’t have to do it alone.”

- Michelle, Community Member, Texas

MAKING A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE AROUND THE WORLD

24 million people spent

600,000 hours learning about breast cancer

800,000 hours supporting each other in our community

YOU CAME TO US WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT

“I wanted information I could understand. I didn’t want it in a super medical way, because I was already overwhelmed … What I loved about Breastcancer.org was accurate information, without fluff, without false information, provided to me in a non-frightening way I could understand.

- Ann Marie, Community Member, New York

KEY CONTENT INITIATIVES IN 2018

Our editorial team regularly expands and updates the information available at Breastcancer.org to address the ever-changing needs of our audience and advances in breast cancer care, ensuring each visitor has access to the most accurate and current information in language they can understand.

With the help of our world-class professional advisory board and insightful community members, our editors strive to educate and support you through all aspects of diagnosis, treatment, and life with breast cancer with our award-winning articles, stories, podcasts, and videos.

Last year, we focused our efforts on developing new content in two key areas that were important to our community and advisory board: issues related to mastectomy and breast reconstruction and tough topics faced by people with metastatic disease.

DEMYSTIFYING MASTECTOMY AND RECONSTRUCTION

Breastcancer.org provides comprehensive information about mastectomy and breast reconstruction, and we received many questions from our community members on this topic throughout the year.

YOU ASKED:

WE HEARD YOU, WENT TO WORK, AND PUBLISHED NEW CONTENT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

NIPPLE RECONSTRUCTION: WHAT TO EXPECT

“Nipple reconstruction surgery is usually done as outpatient surgery, which means that you don’t stay overnight in the hospital. Your doctor will give you a list of instructions on how to prepare for nipple reconstruction surgery…”

MASTECTOMY AND BREAST RECONSTRUCTION: MIMI'S STORY

“I remember the day of surgery very well. I felt hopeful. I knew God heard my prayers, and I actually was singing in the shower that morning, just filled with joy and hope. And of course, my husband thought I was off my rocker… This essentially restored my body to exactly what it was before diagnosis and the results are beautiful. I felt so uplifted the whole time I was in treatment. I felt the power of prayer.”

- Mimi

NIPPLE RECONSTRUCTION

“Nipple reconstruction is often underestimated in terms of the impact it has on the final overall result in breast reconstruction. When done properly, and when done with attention to detail, it has a transformational effect.”

- Frank DellaCroce, M.D., FACS, Center for Restorative Breast Surgery

ENCOURAGING CONVERSATION TO LEARN AND SUPPORT

240,000 visitors checked out our discussion forum on breast reconstruction

Our audience read our breast reconstruction content 1.4 million times

“Breast reconstruction can be daunting, especially when you are still reeling from the diagnosis of breast cancer. Breastcancer.org provides you with answers and resources to help you navigate through this challenging subject. Being informed is an essential part of the recovery process.”

- Deborah, Community Member, California

METASTATIC BREAST CANCER: ADDRESSING THE TOUGH TOPICS

A diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer comes with its own unique challenges, including important issues that are often difficult to talk about. We resolved to help our metastatic community discuss these tough topics, including communicating with your care team, end of life planning, and managing issues related to sex and intimacy.

YOU ASKED:

WE HEARD YOU, WENT TO WORK, AND PUBLISHED NEW CONTENT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS

FACING THE END OF LIFE

“I want to make a distinction that people are not giving up, they’re actually making good choices… based on all the information that they have from their healthcare team, from their own intuition, from their own body.”

- Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD

MAKING SURE YOUR CONCERNS ARE HEARD

"One of the keys to good communication is to always remember we’re talking about and talking with a person and not a disease.”

- Timothy Pluard, M.D., Saint Luke’s Cancer Center

REDEFINING INTIMACY

“Sometimes, the bond that sex typically strengthens can also be bolstered in other ways… Here are some tips to help you figure out what intimacy means to you: Think about the most meaningful connections in your life…”

PROVIDING TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR METASTATIC PATIENTS

Information about and access to clinical trials can save lives now and in the future.

Because we understand that the next breakthrough relies on the strength and participation of patients today, we formed a partnership with BreastCancerTrials.org, connecting more people than any other organization to the Metastatic Breast Cancer Trial Search.

We are also a proud member of the MBC Alliance, a coalition of nonprofit groups, advocates, individuals living with metastatic breast cancer, and industry partners, all committed to improving the quality of life for women and men living with metastatic breast cancer.

"As a returning member of Breastcancer.org’s Community, I have learned that people with stage IV still enjoy living … But most importantly, I see love and support from all the postings that I have read — through the good and, unfortunately, the painfully sad moments. All of it. Thank you for this online community."

- Sandi, Community Member, Virginia

ENABLING A VIBRANT ONLINE COMMUNITY

Breastcancer.org’s Discussion Boards are a free, vibrant, and supportive community of over 200,000 people either diagnosed with breast cancer or concerned about a breast condition, as well as their support persons.

This community has helped you ease anxiety, manage side effects, make decisions, have tough conversations, and celebrate milestones together.

EVERY DAY

18,000 members and readers

exchange 800 messages

and spend 2,200 hours connecting with each other

MOST POPULAR OF OUR 80 FORUMS:

“You don’t want to wake up your family or your friends again and again. You don’t want to call someone at three in the morning. So I would go back to my old friend, Breastcancer.org. I was able to get the support I needed from other women and accurate information any time of day or night. It is just an incredible comfort in the middle of the night.”

- Kim, Community Member, Canada

OUR MISSION, YOUR PASSION

From New York to California and places in between, over 2,000 of you walked, ran, bowled, boxed, and danced in events benefiting Breastcancer.org.

KNOCKING DOWN BREAST CANCER!

Bowling for Breastcancer.org has raised close to $4 million in support of our mission in the past 9 years. Thanks to a dedicated committee, this NYC-based event is our largest fundraiser and has become an incredible networking event with close to 500 senior media and advertising professionals joining in to support Breastcancer.org.

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE

Rock the Ribbon, our annual gala, is held each year in October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over the past 9 years, this event has attracted over 3,000 people and raised over $3 million in support of our mission.

ROCKING THE RUNWAY

Women affected by breast cancer own the runway in this annual fashion show and fundraiser, cheered on by family and friends.

Bloomingdale’s Fashion Show

SHOP AND SUPPORT

Attended by more than 250 people each year in the Philadelphia suburbs, Baubles for Breastcancer.org is a night filled with food, drinks, networking, and shopping for a great cause. To date, Baubles has raised over $93,000 for Breastcancer.org.

LEARNING FOR GOOD

Each year, we welcome in spring with a garden party in Malvern, PA. More than 200 guests join Breastcancer.org’s Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Marisa C. Weiss, M.D. and a special guest for conversation about the latest information on breast health and breast cancer. This annual lunch and learn event has raised almost $60,000 for Breastcancer.org in just 2 years.

Throughout the year, passionate supporters like you from all over the United States and the world, many of whom have been personally touched by breast cancer, create and run their own events supporting Breastcancer.org.

“My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2013 … I quickly realized that all of the awareness … didn’t make the process any easier for my mother … From the education to the Community, Breastcancer.org was the hand my mother needed to hold to guide her through her darkest days.”

- Shana, Community Event Organizer, Pennsylvania

OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS

Our corporate partners provide vital support to Breastcancer.org throughout the year through fundraising events and initiatives, product partnerships, employee volunteers, and workplace giving.

1 MONTH x 1 PERCENT = 1 FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Through their annual “1 Month, 1 Percent, 1 Fight” initiative, USLI contributes 1 percent of all new business premiums during the month of October.

This initiative, along with funds raised through additional employee events, including an online nationwide auction, health and wellness events, crafts and games, bake sales, raffles, personal training, sports tournaments, kickboxing classes, powder puff football, and more, have raised $1,147,000 for Breastcancer.org since 2014.

Breastcancer.org X USLI

PARTNERING TO PLAN WELL AND STAY ON TRACK

Since 2008, Blue Sky has designed a special collection of planners and calendars benefiting Breastcancer.org and available online and in retail locations across the United States. Since 2008, Blue Sky has raised over $400,000 for Breastcancer.org.

“We love supporting Breastcancer.org because we feel like we can directly contribute to breast cancer awareness and prevention education for the vast community that Breastcancer.org has created.”

– Victoria, Senior Licensing Manager

Breastcancer.org X Blue Sky

FINANCIALS

Breastcancer.org is grateful for the trust of its donors, and we are committed to serving our mission and utilizing all money raised in the most responsible ways possible. We are committed to sound fiscal management and transparency.

Breastcancer.org undertakes a full external audit of its finances every year. Our Board of Directors reviews our financials on a quarterly basis.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jane Hollingsworth, Board Chair

Michael DeLone

Joseph Evangelisti

Carl Fremont

Richy Glassberg

Susan Hertzberg

Jean Heflin Kane, Esq.

Laura Martin

Jennifer Paradis

Lisa Petkun, Esq.

Nancy Schmidt

Marisa Weiss, M.D.

Hope Wohl

OUR DONORS

Support from our generous donors enables us to help people make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast health and breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.

We are pleased to acknowledge the following donors for their gifts to Breastcancer.org. This listing represents donors who made gifts totalling $1,000 or more between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

“I’ve been with Breastcancer.org since its beginning, and I’ve never been so optimistic about the organization’s future and its increasing ability to help the people who need us achieve their best possible health outcomes. Our extraordinary strength grows out of the trust and reliability that every stakeholder has helped build over the years — from our amazing online community to our dedicated staff, partners, and Board members. It’s exciting to be growing Breastcancer.org in ways that are making a consequential impact in cancer care.”

Hope Wohl

Chief Executive Officer, Breastcancer.org

THANK YOU.

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