The mission of Libby’s Legacy is to provide comprehensive breast health care to the underserved Central Florida community through education, mammograms, follow up diagnostics and Hope Coaches on the journey from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. Libby’s Legacy also helps stage IV breast cancer patients battling this disease by granting wishes in order to create cherished memories with loved ones through the LIVE BIG program. We accomplish this mission through key strategic relationships with our community partners that allow us to seamlessly navigate our patients’ way through their breast cancer journey.
Libby’s Legacy has been able to help nearly 500 women in 2011 on a shoestring budget. 92% of the funds raised went directly to our client programs. Our budget of $200,000 enabled us to provide 1,209 breast health services including 768 mammograms, 351 sonograms and 90 biopsies. These comprehensive services led to the diagnosis 28 cases of breast cancer and allowed us to navigate the patients through treatment. This amazing feat could not have been achieved without the dedication of our volunteers and compassionate giving from the community.
Libby’s Legacy is strategically preparing the organization for continued growth in the future. The number of client services has grown 860% in the last two years and the number of patients diagnosed has increased exponentially. We expect this trend to continue into 2012. As it does so, we plan to train additional hope coaches to navigate our patients through the system, expand our patient support programs for our survivors, and welcome qualified volunteers to strengthen the backbone of the organization with grant writing, fundraising, and marketing support.
Libby’s Legacy will continue our tradition of not turning away a client in need of breast health services. With our Pink Well funds we will provide screening mammograms for nearly 500 uninsured Central Floridians. Follow-up services and treatment will then be provided using funding from other sources as we lead those diagnosed through their treatment.
Terry Prince turned to Libby’s Legacy for the second year after a reminder call to get her annual exam. From the time her application was received, all diagnostic tests were done and we diagnosed her with Stage 1 breast cancer within 2 weeks. In the next 3 weeks Terry had a double mastectomy and reconstruction even though uninsured. As her patient advocate, we attended every appointment with her. We were “in her corner” from the moment she walked in, to the moment she found out that through early detection, her reoccurrence rate was low and she would NOT need chemotherapy.