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The Friends of Faith (Fancher) Inc., a nonprofit organization which is comprised of several media professionals and other volunteers who provide direct assistance to underserve and under-insured women with breast cancer.
Faith Fancher was the first black woman reporter at WBR in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1983, she came to Oakland's KTVU-Channel 2 and she was a mainstay on "The Ten O'clock News," the number one rated primetime newscast in the country. Her plight was well known to thousands of KTVU viewers after she disclosed that she was being treated for breast cancer. Hoping her story would teach others the benefits of early detection, she allowed her friend and former KTVU co-anchor Elaine Corral Kendall and a camera crew to follow her treatment, which began with a lumpectomy at Alta Bates Hospital in the spring of 1997. "Faith's Story" aired for three nights. It generated hundreds of letters from well-wishers and won numerous awards.
We provide grants of $1,500 - $10,000 to Bay Area community based organizations that support our goal of providing education and or services to low income women fighting breast cancer.
The organization has raised and donated more than $700,000 for individuals with breast cancer and for grassroots organizations including:
Charlotte Maxwell Clinic
Alameda County Medical Center Cancer Navigator Program
American Cancer Society
Women's Cancer Resource Center Emergency Fund, which is the home of the East Bay Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, which is sponsored by the Friends of Faith. Since February 2003, this program has offered financial assistance to low-income women who are living with breast cancer and who reside in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
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