In 2000, Brenda joined the Santa Clarita Valley chapter of Junior Chamber International (the Jaycees),
a group of young leaders involved in community service. Soon she and a new friend, Kieran Wong, began to inspire others to
In conjunction with the Partners In Care Foundation, Brenda and
Kieran launched the Fund in February 2001. They quickly built
partnerships with local businesses and other organizations engaged
in the battle.
In early 2003, the Fund incorporated as a California nonprofit;
later that year, it became a Federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Since its inception, Since Brenda founded it in 2001, the Fund
has provided $280,888 in services for 427 young adults across
30 different states. It has committed to give another $25,000
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What does the Fund provide?
The BMCF supports patients 18-40 currently undergoing
cancer treatment with services to meet daily needs. It provides
home health care services, co-payments required by many health
plans for medical care, temporary housing, and other expenses
for those temporarily unable
to pay bills like rent, insurance, and food.
Typical requests cover $500 worth of health insurance co-payments,
transportation, rent, mortgage payments, car insurance, entertainment,
How does the Fund accomplish its mission?
The BMCF distributes applications to a network of community organizations,
social workers and hospitals, encouraging them to identify potential
recipients and apply. The selection committee reviews applications
on a weekly basis to determine need. The program manager acts
upon the committee’s recommendations and issues checks directly
to service providers, ensuring that the patients’ requests
are fulfilled. In follow-up, the program manager surveys recipients
to confirm that services were rendered and measure the program’s