May 17, 2018 – Funds from the 2018 For the Girls Annual Fundraiser “We’ve Come A Long Way Baby” were recently donated for the purchase of Magseed Injectable Marker, one of the newest technologies in breast surgery localization for areas in the breast needing surgical removal that are so small they are not palpable (not felt on a breast exam). The Magseed is a tiny magnet that can be placed on an outpatient basis adjacent to the area in the breast needing removal up to 30 days prior to surgery. Surgeons then use a device that picks up a signal from the magnet, so they know precisely where the area needing removal is located. With the Magseed, there is no additional radiation to patients, almost no risk of dislodgement, and it is more precise than wires. Additional benefits of this new technology are the elimination of inconveniences for the patient that may have existed prior to this technology such as delayed procedures, the need for patients to have a wire sticking out of their breasts and a procedure immediately before their surgery. Simplify treatments, improve patient experience and support better outcomes. In addition to the Magseed, a $2,000 donation was also made for the purchase of wigs to be available for cancer patients at no charge. For the Girls is dedicated to enhancing local services that improve the lives of breast cancer patients.
February 27, 2015 – For the Girls helps women in Northeast Nebraska win the fight against breast cancer by supporting their medical, emotional, and educational needs. We will accomplish by providing funds to enhance services through area health care providers and supporting research.
Compliments of Breast Cancer Research Foundation: At BCRF we are a family whose mission is supported by the contributions of extraordinary women and men across the United States and around the world. BCRF is honored to spotlight organizations that have generously donated to our mission of funding critical breast cancer research.
We most recently had an opportunity to chat with Diane Brennan, the Founder of For the Girls, an organization based in Norfolk, Nebraska dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the breast cancer community.
How did For the Girls come to be?
We began in 2012 with a small group of women, some survivors, some friends of the cause, but one goal. Our community of approximately 25,000 did not have any means of fellowship or support group for breast cancer survivors. There was also a lack of some services available locally for breast cancer care. Our idea was to have an annual fundraising event to educate women, raise money for services, and let survivors know they were not the only one facing these challenges.
What is For the Girls’ signature event?
We annually host a fundraising event in February. It’s a fun night of music, cocktails, great food with live and silent auction items. During the evening we project pink stars in celebration and remembrance with the names of those who have fought and sometimes lost their battle with breast cancer. We have educational information available and typically a short presentation to highlight available services for women.
What inspired you to support BCRF?
We knew without research we would never solve the basic problem. We wanted to commit a portion of our proceeds to a group that would support breast cancer research. We wanted to be good stewards of donated funds and did our own research. We learned BCRF had high ratings on CharityWatch and conducted quality studies.
What has been the most rewarding part of leading For the Girls?
Some of the committee members have had the opportunity to work with patients who have directly benefitted from our actions. It is a pleasure to see the impact it has made. All of the committee members have been inspired to see a sea of pink on the night of our event and know the difference we have made in our community.
How has For the Girls impacted the local community?
We recently purchased equipment to conduct breast MRI imaging locally at Faith Regional Health Services. We have also upgraded operating room equipment for sentinel lymph node biopsies. We fund “A Time to Heal”, a holistic rehab program for breast cancer survivors, and have purchased durable medical goods for individuals. Newly diagnosed breast cancer patients receive a beautiful robe to symbolically show our ongoing support during their breast cancer journey.
What are some of your future goals for For the Girls?
We hope to grow and widen our service area to meet the physical, emotional, and educational needs of all breast cancer patients in Northeast Nebraska. As research is vital to a cure we are committed to fund scientific study to end this disease.
This year, For the Girls will contribute $20,000 to BCRF. To keep up with their journey please follow them on Facebook.