The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) was founded by 3 Miami women in 1995. Originally named the South Florida Breast Cancer Coalition, the organization began as a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through advocacy, education, and research. With the introduction of the specialty End Breast Cancer license plate in 2002, a second organization was formed – the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition Research Foundation - created to receive the funds from the sale of the plate. A few years later our official name changed to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, but our mission and vision remain the same.
To raise awareness and mobilize Floridians to:
In 2002, the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation introduced the End Breast Cancer specialty license plate to address the disparity between funding and the needs of the breast cancer community in Florida. All funds raised from the sale of the license plate remain in Florida to support educational and research programs for Florida residents. FBCF funds education programs in underserved communities throughout the state in an effort to empower women and men to take control of their breast health and reduce the number of breast cancer related deaths in the state of Florida.
FBCF is also committed to funding innovative research to discover more effective ways to diagnose, treat, and possibly cure breast cancer. Only through research will breast cancer be defeated and FBCF challenges the scientific community to design research projects that will foster new directions for, address neglected issues in, and bring new investigators to the field of breast cancer research. FBCF focuses its funding on research projects that have the potential to make a significant impact on breast cancer, particularly in multidisciplinary and/or multi-institutional collaborations. The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation's most recently funded grants are innovative projects in the areas of epidemiological studies of breast cancer, possible links between breast cancer and the environment, and psychoimmunological research.
Our small staff relies heavily on volunteers and advocates to collaborate with us throughout the state of Florida. Advocates work tirelessly to secure increased, sustainable funding for breast cancer, and ensure no harmful laws are passed. Our volunteers and and advocates are also trusted ambassadors who represent the foundation in all parts of the state.
Today, we continue our mission and strive to reduce rates of mortality and morbidity through education and research. We will continue to fund education programs in all areas of breast cancer, from the not yet diagnosed to those who have completed treatment and are transitioning into survivorship. We will continue to rally throughout the state to bring information to the residents of Florida about breast cancer, ensuring all women and men have equal access to screenings and care, regardless of income or where they live.