Frequently Asked Questions
Who does BCSF support?
Who is eligible to apply for financial assistance?
Breast cancer patients (male and female) who are in ‘active’ treatment or are within two months of completing ‘active’ treatment. (“Active’ treatment refers to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation).
How do breast cancer patients apply for funds?
What kind of expenses are covered by the BCSF?
We will reimburse patients for costs associated with food and shelter, hospital parking, wigs, turbans, breast prosthetics, specialty bras, garments for Lymphedema, medications (related to treatment), child care, restorative therapies, and other living expenses. (See the Application Form for complete list and details).
What expenses are not covered by BCSF?
How are we funded and how patients use our support?
What can I do to help?
Donate. In Canada, 25,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; up to a quarter of those patients will face a financial crisis. Your donation will help patients cover the cost of basic necessities (food, shelter, medications, wigs, prosthetics, hospital parking, child care and restorative therapies) so they can focus on fighting the disease.
Giving monthly provides BCSF a consistent and reliable source of funding that allows us to plan ahead and support more patients across Canada.
Fundraise. Help raise awareness and funds for BCSF through individual fundraising events. These events can range from hosting a bake-sale at the office, donating funds from a garage sale or fundraising as part of a personal challenge (walk, run, cycle, etc).
Spread the word about your events through social media (Facebook and Twitter) to family, friends and colleagues and encourage them to donate to your cause of choice.
Read our How to Help page for more information.