Who Are We?
Team Breast Friends is a group of friends who have teamed together over the years to find a cure for Breast Cancer.
A chain of events have evolved to assist us on our mission. Beginning in 2008, three founding members were diagnosed with breast cancer; which inspired the friends to do something bigger, better and faster to raise awareness in the Iowa City community and surrounding areas. They wanted to fight for a cure for breast cancer! All of us know someone who has been diagnosed with the life-threatening disease and want to help find a cure and assist those affected by Breast Cancer along the way.
The founding ladies recruited 9 new people and formed the Iowa City Hope Team. Iowa City Hope held a wine tasting party with door prizes, community nights at a local restaurant and started their 1st vendor sale with a live auction of donated items from the community to raise the dollars needed to participate in a larger difference: the Susan G. Komen 3 day / 60 mile walk.
The team trained and participated for the first time in this spectacular live-changing fundraising event in Chicago, Illinios.
Iowa City Hope continued raising dollars for research, education and awareness.
They again walked in the Susan G. Komen 3 day in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Iowa City Hope changed their name to Breast Friends.
Additional members joined and participated with Breast Friends in the Susan G. Komen 3 day in Phoenix, Arizona.
Breast Friends walked in the Susan G. Komen 3 day in Dallas, Texas.
Breast Friends walked the streets and raised awareness in Chicago.
Breast Friends returned to Minneapolis with a few new members for the Susan G. Komen 3 day in August.
Breast Friends switched gears to the Avon 2 day / 39 mile walk in Chicago. Breast Friends stepped up their fundraising efforts for the Johnson County area by completing the necessary steps to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and changed their legal name to TEAM BREAST FRIENDS. Team Breast Friends had made the decision to have all monies raised remain in the community here to assist those in financial need and provide mammograms for those without insurance.
Team Breast Friends mission statement was recorded as follows:
“Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives impacted by breast cancer and bring awareness through our efforts.”
Our mission would be impossible without our supporters in the community!
We started small, but together we have raised just over $300,000 since the conception of Iowa City Hope and now Team Breast Friends today. Together let’s find a cure for breast cancer and assist as many as we can in our community along the way.