NHBCC Marks $1,000,000 Giving Milestone

New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition Marks $1 Million Giving Milestone

The New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Services Fund (SSF) recently reached its million dollar giving mark in aid to NH breast cancer patients.

“This is such an exciting milestone for NHBCC,” said Tammie Larocque, President of NHBCC. “The Support Services Fund provides critical financial support for patients struggling to pay their daily living expenses during breast cancer treatment.”

The SSF was created in 2006 as a financial resource for New Hampshire residents, or those receiving treatment in New Hampshire, who are struggling to pay normal household bills during diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer.

One of the SSF’s founders, and longtime Board member, Jane Edmunds of Hollis, NH explains, “Unlike many other breast cancer funds, the SSF considers virtually any financial need. Typical requests include rent or mortgage payments, grocery and gas cards, utility bills, property tax and car payments, insurance, or childcare.” Applicants access the SSF by completing a one-page form in collaboration with their health care provider (social worker, oncologist, etc.), and funds are available on a case-by-case basis.

In 2006, the fund’s first year, the SSF supported two New Hampshire women. Since then, the SSF has helped more than 1200 women and men with over $1 million in expenses paid on their behalf. In 2023 alone, the SSF assisted 121 breast cancer patients, from 69 cities and towns around the state, with $118,497.00 in household expenses.

A key component in the SSF application process is the healthcare providers working with patients in financial need. Oncology social worker Nancy Druke from the Payson Center for Cancer Care in Concord, NH recently wrote, “Thank you…NH Breast Cancer Coalition, for all you do. You can’t imagine how your support impacts our patients!!”

The SSF receives its support from year-round fundraising by area businesses and individuals. NHBCC President Larocque explains, “We are an all-volunteer organization, and all the community fundraisers benefit the SSF, which goes directly to the applicants in need. Our supporters recognize this.”

Recipients of assistance frequently express their gratitude for the help. A patient from Laconia, NH, wrote, “Thank you for your kind assistance in covering a mortgage payment for me. I cried when I received your letter. Truly I’m very grateful for your support…” And from a Nashua applicant, “Thank you so very much! What a relief to have a large ‘surprise’ bill taken care of!”

NHBCC, of which the SSF is a part, was founded in 1992 as a statewide, grassroots advocacy organization whose mission is to advocate for and provide financial assistance to New Hampshire residents with breast cancer. In addition to the SSF, it continues to support the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s legislative, research, and public policy priorities. NHBCC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization.

For more information about the SSF, how you can help, or access an SSF application, visit NHBCC.org.