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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 2:13 pm    Post subject: breast cancer group won't take pharma funding Reply with quote

Breast cancer group picky on donors
It won't take money from pharmaceutical firms as a mark of
independence.

By Dorsey Griffith -- Bee Medical Writer
Published 2:15 am PDT Sunday, June 26, 2005

Among the many national health and disease charities, a handful
flat-out refuse drug company money.

One of them is Breast Cancer Action, a San Francisco-based grass-roots
group that advocates research into links between breast cancer and
environmental factors.

Breast Cancer Action has an extensive funding policy, which states it
will not accept contributions from pharmaceutical, chemical, oil or
tobacco companies, health insurance organizations or cancer treatment
facilities.

"The organization was founded on the position that it could not be
bought," explained Barbara Brenner, the group's executive director.
"You don't have to agree with us, but at least you know we are saying
it not because we were paid to say it, but because it's what we
believe."

Those beliefs include a philosophy of prevention. Breast Cancer Action,
for example, pushes for legislation to limit human exposure to
pollutants believed to cause cancer. It also opposes drug therapy to
prevent breast cancer.

Brenner acknowledged that Breast Cancer Action was not always so strict
about its financial ties.

In 1997, for example, it accepted a $1,500 check from Genentech, the
maker of the breast cancer drug Herceptin, for a conference in San
Francisco featuring former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders.

When Genentech sent the group another, unsolicited $1,000 in 1998, it
was returned. By then, leaders of Breast Cancer Action had taken stock
of public criticism of a drug company's sponsorship of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month.

"Some people thought we were crazy," Brenner said of the decision,
which was followed by a new, far stricter policy.

Today, a little more than half of the group's $900,000 annual income
comes from individual donors. Another 35 percent comes from foundations
and 10 percent from businesses.

The sponsoring businesses include a clothing boutique, thrift shop,
eyewear store, local magazine, organic soy foods company, sex education
company and environmental products store. The only well-known corporate
contributors are Wells Fargo Bank and Lifetime Television.

Brenner said the donor limits hurt Breast Cancer Action financially in
2004, forcing it to delay hiring and ask staffers to take 10 days off
without pay.

But she said tough times are a reasonable tradeoff for integrity.

"What we wouldn't give to have $3 million just come in the door," she
said. "But we just can't do it."











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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: breast cancer group won't take pharma funding Reply with quote

<outrider@despammed.com> wrote in message
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Breast cancer group picky on donors
It won't take money from pharmaceutical firms as a mark of
independence.

"The organization was founded on the position that it could not be
bought," explained Barbara Brenner, the group's executive director.
"You don't have to agree with us, but at least you know we are saying
it not because we were paid to say it, but because it's what we
believe."
.....
The sponsoring businesses include a clothing boutique, thrift shop,
eyewear store, local magazine, organic soy foods company, sex education
company and environmental products store. The only well-known corporate
contributors are Wells Fargo Bank and Lifetime Television.
....

So, that means they don't say anything about food (esp. soy &/or "organic")
in relation to cancer, or about whatever it is that an "environmental
products store" sells (& they do look at environmental factors vs cancer),
or even about various types of clothing that might be useful or suitable for
b/c patients & survivors?

I wonder if they vet their individual donors?
bj
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