What We Do

Why we are unique…

Monies raised by Braz™ do not fund research, but directly support breast cancer patients through the Massel-Cruickshank Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund by way of the London Regional Cancer Program Patient Assistance Program.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • child care
  • anti-pain and nausea medication not covered by insurance
  • taxi fares
  • parking
  • wigs
  • prostheses and bras
  • palliative care

Anything that improves the quality of life of the individual with breast cancer will be given consideration.

Other ways we support our community:

Working in collaboration with St. Joseph’s Health Care and the Breast Care Centre, we have recently donated $15,000 to support a self-serve coffee service for patients and their families so that they may enjoy a warm drink (coffee/tea/etc.) while waiting for appointments at the Breast Care Centre. Our donation ensures that this simple, yet comforting, service is available to breast cancer patients, their friends and families for the next 7 years.

Throughout the year, Braz™ also promotes our supportive role in the community through our involvement and participation in local community events, as well as, other breast cancer initiatives like; Run for the Cure and Bust-a-Move.

Braz™ provides comfort pillows to the pre surgical units for women undergoing a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Braz™ funded a special support garment for women undergoing reconstructive surgery. Braz™ has also supplied gloves and booties to LRCP regional chemotherapy clinics to prevent irreversible damage to finger and toe nails from chemotherapy.

How to Access funds…

In partnership with the London Health Sciences Foundation (LHSF) and with the efforts of Supportive Care at the London Regional Cancer Program, the frontline Massel-Cruickshank Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund provides short term financial assistance for breast cancer patients in need.

Braz™ would like to help you! Download the Program Application now AND/OR contact Supportive Care, London Regional Cancer Program at 519-685-8622. All names and medical records are kept confidential and recipients remain anonymous.

Why is this important…

It is estimated that more than 22,000 women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year. For a sizable minority of cancer patients the burden of out-of-pocket costs is significant or unmanageable, even in Ontario where much of the care falls within the public funding envelope. A survey of cancer survivors attending a clinic in Ontario found that the average out-of-pocket costs for their care were $213 per month. Some patients may forego treatments or therapies because of cost. It is common for these unexpected expenses to occur just at the time employment income is lost. Therefore, it often falls on family members to help with household and personal support tasks normally undertaken by the patient resulting in further financial burden on the family.

Who we help…

Our fund serves a population of 1.5 million people in the catchment area of the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP). This includes the Southwestern Ontario Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the eastern portion of the Erie St. Clair LHIN.

In 2013, we were able to help fund:

Accommodations $80
Child Care $3577
Dental $2300
Equipment/Renovations $1351
Head Coverings $4148
Housekeeping $1022
Lifeline Support System $189
Lymphedema Supplies $7937
Massage Therapy $4259
Mastectomy Bras $27,046
Mastectomy Swimsuits $6587
Medications $4037
Parking $1442
Protheses $24,235
Rehab/Physiotherapy $1266
Residence Inn Meal Plan $2986
Areola Tattooing $4213
Transportation $5042
Wigs/Wig Care Kit $30,611