Alemtsehay Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to help Ethiopian women abroad and at home, who are burdened with financial need to access screening, diagnosis, and treatment for breast cancer. ABCF is also devoted to guide Ethiopian women to optimal health through increased awareness about breast cancer and diseases associated with cancer.
Approximately 300,000 women and over 2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and more than 40,000 people will die from the disease. Education and early detection of breast cancer saves lives and reduces the need for sometimes painful and expensive treatments, which is why ABCF relentlessly raises funds every day of the year to fulfill its mission.
Why we fight.
Alemtsehay was a beautiful, courageous and strong young woman. Although we were separated by distance, we used to talk biweekly at the beginning of her diagnosis and daily during the last few weeks of her life. The years after her departure from this world were the saddest and darkest of my life. A day wouldn’t pass without thinking about her, hearing her encouraging and favorite words “I am feeling good today.” Even when she was in pain, every day was a good day for her. There were times I asked myself why-why would a good spirited person like her have to suffer and die?
One night, I woke up as usual, shouting and crying out for her expecting to hear her voice again. It was that night when I told myself that continually feeling this way, wouldn’t help me nor other women with breast cancer. I decided that the best thing to do would be to be strong and pick myself up and move on with my life again. I was determined to find a way to help other women and their families going through what I did. I wanted to create a way to support them, so they don’t have to go through what I went through if or when a loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer. I truly believe in communities coming together helping each other. As a result, the Alemtshay Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in December of 2012.
ABCF as a stable organization achieves the stated mission through seminars, workshops, and town hall meetings. The organization will be supportive to breast cancer survivors to run a prosperous, rewarding life while being supportive to others through their mentorship regardless of where they are on their breast health journey.
1. Increase awareness among Ethiopian men and women by bringing frank discussion concerning breast cancer early detection, and treatment in places such as, social gatherings, workplace, churches, and home.
2. Establish breast cancer survivor support groups in various Ethiopian communities throughout the U.S. that provide information and one-to-one support for those diagnosed with breast cancer and going through treatment.
3. To open a support center for breast cancer patients in Ethiopia.