The Bridge Breast Network (BBN) has become the first choice of community organizations, individuals and providers for referring individuals with breast health concerns. We have always been proud of the fact that we never turned away callers, but the number of inquiries has risen drastically. In the first eleven months of 2013, the BBN received over 2,000 inquiries for services, unfortunately, funding levels have restricted us to only accept 404 as new clients. Sixty-seven of these clients were diagnosed with breast cancer.
The harsh reality is that the need far exceeds our financial ability to serve everyone who calls. This reality was shockingly evident in 2012-2013 when medical expenses exceeded our revenue by $150,000 and we were forced to tap into our reserve funds. Our medical providers continue to be generous with donating their professional services for BBN clients and annually contribute approximately $5 million in services to our clients. But it takes more than the medical donations; there are case managers, CT Scans, labs, surgical facility fees, chemotherapy drugs and more.
We need your help to fulfill our vision that no woman should suffer in silence with breast cancer because she lacks financial resources. We are asking you to join The BBN and make a contribution today to ensure this vital work continues in our community. No gift is too small.