The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) was founded in 1991 by five women – Phoebe Antrim, Judy Ellis, Patti Goodall, Mary Jo Kahn, and Sherry Kohlenberg – who met in an MCV support group and were angered by the lack of progress in breast cancer treatment and inspired by a growing network of grassroots advocates across the country. VBCF was established as a 501c3 statewide nonprofit organization, IRS tax identification # 54-1633519, in October 1992 committed to serving Virginians.
VBCF is headquartered in Richmond, VA and exists thanks to its many generous individual donors and volunteers. VBCF’s mission is the eradication of breast cancer through education of and advocacy for Virginians. Our goals are to establish the end of breast cancer as a state and national priority, to advocate for the collective needs of people affected by breast cancer, and to educate all Virginians on the facts about breast cancer.
Over the last 20 years, VBCF has successfully advocated for national and state legislation that ensures funding and access to screening and treatment of breast cancer for all. National accomplishments include increased federal funding for breast cancer research and treatment and bills mandating insurance coverage for treatment and procedures – including the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act.
In Virginia, VBCF was the leading advocacy group to push for laws and regulations that provide for insurance coverage for mammograms, breast reconstruction surgery, and breast cancer survivors in general. We also spearheaded the creation of a Trust Fund to help pay for the treatment of uninsured women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. See a timeline of our accomplishments.