Health—General & Rehabilitative

Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation, Inc.

  • Madison, WI
  • www.bcrecovery.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Breast Cancer Recovery is to provide environments for women breast cancer survivors to heal emotionally.
Each Infinite Boundaries retreat provides a place of safety, caring and support for women who are on the same journey.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Infinite Boundaries
  3. Sharing the Knowledge

service areas

National

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Areas Served Narrative

Breast Cancer Recovery serves women from all over the United States.  The Infinite Boundaries retreats are held in Wisconsin. Our Infinite Boundaries retreats for the women with metastatic disease are held in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The Infinite Boundaries retreats that are open to any stage of breast cancer are held on Madeline Island and in Door County, WI. Sharing the Knowledge: Resources for Recovery, our annual conference is held in Madison, Wisconsin.

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ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2012

Ms. Gail Riedasch

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Keywords

breast cancer

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EIN

39-1894850

 Number

8046482109

Also Known As

Breast Cancer Recovery

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Support Services (E60)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Breast Cancer Recovery sponsored six Infinite Boundaries Retreats in 2014.  Infinite Boundaries retreats were held in a variety of locations throughout Wisconsin.  Three specialty retreats were held for women with metastatic disease.  In addition to retreats, an educational conference is held each year for women to hear about the latest in medical advances for breast cancer and to learn life skills.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

The Infinite Boundaries retreat program provides support for breast cancer survivors in dealing with issues such as cancer recurrence, depression, intimacy, and self-image. More than 800 breast cancer survivors have attended an Infinite Boundaries retreat. Breast Cancer Recovery also sponsors the annual Sharing the Knowledge: Resources for Recovery conference,which features lectures and exhibits that offer information on breast cancer treatment, management and survivorship resources. Over 350 breast cancer survivors, caregivers and health professionals attend the conference each year.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Program 2

Infinite Boundaries

Retreats for women following treatment for breast cancer.

Category

Health Care

Budget

$200,000.00

Population Served

Female Adults

Program 3

Sharing the Knowledge

Education and skills-building workshop

Category

Health Care

Budget

$10,000.00

Population Served

Female Adults

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Breast Cancer Recovery's flagship program, Infinite Boundaries retreat, is a four day wellness retreat for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Designed by breast cancer survivors for breast cancer survivors, each retreat features a unique mixture of healing approaches, including discussions on sensitive topics, creative arts, and outdoor activities. There is healing in nature and retreats are held in beautiful locales. Women who attend Infinite Boundaries retreat are in all stages of breast cancer and all ages. Some are newly diagnosed while others may have been treated for breast cancer years ago, while others are fighting metastatic disease. We provide additional scholarships for those in need.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.

service areas

National

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Areas Served Narrative

Breast Cancer Recovery serves women from all over the United States.  The Infinite Boundaries retreats are held in Wisconsin. Our Infinite Boundaries retreats for the women with metastatic disease are held in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The Infinite Boundaries retreats that are open to any stage of breast cancer are held on Madeline Island and in Door County, WI. Sharing the Knowledge: Resources for Recovery, our annual conference is held in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Social Media

@Breast Cancer Recovery

Funding Needs

Breast Cancer Recovery relies largely on individual donations.  We receive some sponsorships and grants.  BCR is one of many non-profits in Dane County competing for the discretionary dollars.

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Financials

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BREAST CANCER RECOVERY FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Gail Riedasch

BIO

Gail Riedasch, Executive Director, spent over 30 years in Wisconsin state government and has been able to give back by volunteering at various charitable organizations. Gail is a life-long Wisconsin resident.  A graduate of Edgewood College, Madison, WI.  A University of Wisconsin Badger and a Green Bay Packer fan.  Gail enjoys reading and spending time with her family.  She lives in Sun Prairie, WI.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Infinite Boundaries retreats provide breast cancer survivors with an opportunity to look at the issues surrounding their breast cancer, gather information, and experience and enjoy the company of new-found "sisters." Moving beyond an intellectual understanding of the disease -- exploring feelings, fears and life wishes -- is an essential part of the healing process. By telling their stories and exploring their losses and fears, survivors can begin their emotional healing. At retreat, women learn and practice healing strategies to live life more fully.
Women with metastatic breast cancer face a whole new check-list of issues regarding continued treatments, quality of life and end-of-life decisions, chronic pain and fatigue, and learning how to say good-bye.
All retreats are designed by breast cancer survivors for breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Recovery embraces all women with breast cancer including all faiths, ages, races, sexual orientations and financial resources. Women in all stages attend - from the newly diagnosed to women many years in remission. Women ages 20 - 71 have attended a retreat.

Infinite Boundaries retreats are a 4-day wellness retreat. The retreat program includes discussion groups, creative arts and low-impact physical activities. Special care is taken in choosing scenic, natural settings because we believe healing can be found in nature. Discussion topics include living with the fear the cancer may return; dealing with difficult feelings such as anger, betrayal, fear and guilt; and restoring one's sense of joy in areas such as sensuality and sexuality. Creative activities are designed to encourage self-expression and include beading, creating flags, and mask making. At retreat, participants are encouraged to stretch their boundaries by learning a new physical skill. Kayaking, zip line or walking may be included depending on the retreat location. Physical wellness through exercise and body movement and healthy, nutritious meals are a part of the daily life during an Infinite Boundaries retreat.
Each Infinite Boundaries retreat provides a place of safety, caring and support for women who are on the same journey. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Leanne Widen

No Affiliation

Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?


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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?