We are a local, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the education, support and empowerment of persons affected by breast cancer.
To provide support for patients, survivors and their families as they cope emotionally and physically with breast cancer.
To provide education to women, men, the public and physicians about the importance of breast self-examination and the benefit of early detection.
To support research and advocacy directed towards prevention, early diagnosis and treatment.
Breast Cancer Action Kingston (BCAK) is a local, survivor directed, volunteer-led, charitable organization whose purpose is to develop programs to educate, counsel and support women and men living with breast cancer, as well as their families and the community at large.
Our organization was established in the spring of 1993 In March 1994, a steering committee for BCAK was formed to direct the process and activities of the group. The Board of Directors is made up of members of BCAK, in good standing, of whom not less than one third must be survivors of breast cancer.
The first “Walk for Awareness” was held in 1994. The organization was officially incorporated in May 1995.
All of our programs are paid for through the fundraising efforts of memberships, our annual Walk, Share the Care Golf Tournament, donations and BCAK directed fundraisers. Business organizations throughout the year hold various fundraisers on our behalf such as golf tournaments, fundraising events [silent auctions], fashion shows as well as bake sales, car washes and dress down days.
BCAK does not receive any government grants or funding.
A portion of the monies raised through our annual Walk in May, “Walk For Awareness” typically held on a Saturday in May – the month dedicated to mothers, are directed via the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation to fund local breast cancer research through applications to the Breast Cancer Action Kingston Research Grant Competition adjudicated by the KGH Research Development Committee.
All monies raised remain for use in the local area.