We are the chemotherapy angels, providing motivational and financial assistance to women suffering from Triple Negative Breast Cancer. As we strive to lessen their burden, we also aim to find a targeted treatment for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
We tailor our assistance to the needs of the individual patient. Here are a few examples of the ways we can help women suffering from TNBC:
- Information and List of Other Resources for TNBC Patients
- Introductions to TNBC Survivors for Additional Support
- Care Packages of Chemotherapy Essentials to Assist During Treatments
- For Qualifying Patients, Financial Support for Medical Bills and Other Needs
- Many Other Ways to Ease Patients’ Burdens!
If you, a family member or a friend has been diagnosed with TNBC and live in the St. Louis area, you can apply for assistance here.
Why a Foundation?
Helping others matters. It matters when you help a perfect stranger and know that you are making a difference in a woman's life that is in need of financial and emotional support. Remember, TNBC hits young women and it hits aggressively. Often times, these ladies are just taking off in their careers or have very young children.
To serve a great purpose. Tara was not put on earth for for this. She had TNBC, but TNBC did not define her ... it was the other way around. Tara was here to do more. Each day she wanted to do more as a Wife, as a Mom as a Friend and as a stranger to others that are fighting the same fight as her.
In May 2012, Tara and her husband, Matt, were thrilled and excited to find out she was pregnant with their fourth child. Two weeks later, she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). While shocked and conflicted by the news, Tara and Matt made a clear choice: fight the terrible diagnosis with aggressive treatments and deliver a healthy baby. And she did just that.
On January 3, 2013, Tara and Matt proudly welcomed the miracle of Sam to their beautiful family. Three months after the birth of her healthy baby boy and right before Tara was scheduled for another mastectomy and a hysterectomy, doctors informed her the cancer had metastasized.
Tara valiantly battled each and every day with tremendous courage, dignity and faith. She served as a role model and an inspiration to family and friends, and her example for how to live each day to its fullest is a model for the many lives she continues to touch.
Sadly, on Thursday April 10th, 2014, Tara left us. Read more here.
Fighting Cancer Like a Mom
Making Each Day Count
Make the most of every day ... make every day count. – Tara Boland
What is TNBC?
A diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer means that the three most common types of receptors known to fuel most breast cancer growthestrogen, progesterone, and the HER-2/neu gene are not present in the cancer tumor. This means that the breast cancer cells have tested negative for hormone epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2), estrogen receptors (ER), and progesterone receptors (PR). Since the tumor cells lack the necessary receptors, common treatments like hormone therapy and drugs that target estrogen, progesterone, and HER-2 are ineffective. Using chemotherapy to treat triple negative breast cancer is still an effective option. In fact, triple negative breast cancer may respond even better to chemotherapy in the earlier stages than many other forms of cancer.
What makes triple negative cancer unique?
Triple negative breast cancer is often an aggressive tumor. It tends to grow faster and it is less likely to be seen on an annual mammogram. And, it is more likely to spread to other parts of the body early.
Who gets triple negative breast cancer?
About 15-20 percent of all breast cancers in the U.S. are triple negative or basal-like. Anyone can get triple negative breast cancer. Research has shown that it occurs more often in young women.
You Can Help!
Pay it forward as a thank you for your own health.
TNBC hits young women and hits aggressively. Often times, these ladies are just taking off in their careers or have very young children. And every donation counts ... There is nothing too small.