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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q: What is the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation?

A: The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that is pioneering a bold new comprehensive approach to breast cancer, with a mission to unlock each woman’s genetic code, advance today’s prevention and treatment, and end breast cancer for future generations.

 

Q: What is Sanford Health?

A: Sanford Health is the patient care and research partner of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, and the largest rural, nonprofit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities, in nine states. In addition, this dynamic integrated health system is now developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health has been in service for more than 100 years and includes 39 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and nearly 1,360 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota.

Sanford Health is the home of Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Research, where the application of genomic research is blazing the trail to finding the cures for breast cancer, faster.

 

Q: Who was Edith Sanford?

A: Edith was a young wife and mother of two boys—just toddlers. She was vibrant and loving and full of plans for her growing family. But all that changed the day she found out she had breast cancer. It didn’t take long for the disease to ravage her body. She spent the last year of her life in a hospital bed…clinging to the hope that she’d watch her sons grow up. She didn’t get the chance.

In 2010, entrepreneur Denny Sanford, Edith’s son, chose to honor his mother’s legacy by providing the generous gift that launched the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation and that enables the Foundation to invest 100% of donations into cutting-edge genomics research to find the cures.

 

Q: Why/How was the Foundation founded?

A: Entrepreneur Denny Sanford lost his young mother, Edith, to breast cancer when he was only four years old. One of his life’s goals is to end breast cancer so that children will not have to grow up like he did, without the love and guidance of their mothers.

In 2010, Denny made a transformational gift that launched the  Foundation. This funding supports our operating expenses so that every dollar we raise can be invested directly in our breakthrough genomics research to help find cures. Faster.

 

Q: What makes Edith Sanford stand apart?

A: Edith Sanford is pursuing breakthrough genomics research to identify specific treatments that will work best or prevent the disease on an individual basis, and ultimately eradicate breast cancer for future generations. We can ensure that contributions are wisely used because we work directly with the physicians and researchers performing this innovative research rather than awarding grants to outside labs or institutions.

  • We will advance genomics research to dramatically transform breast cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship.
    • Using DNA sequencing to identify what drives breast cancers
    • Personalizing medicine based on each patient’s unique profile
  • We will conduct the research, collaborate with others and share our findings.
    • Leading a national genomics network and collaborating with best-in-class partners
    • Accelerating discoveries that will translate to other cancers
  • We will be the first to drive knowledge into communities through personalized genomics, raising the standard of care everywhere for breast cancer treatment and prevention.
    • Empowering providers, and ultimately patients, with tools and education
    • Improving outcomes and reducing suffering

 

Q: What is the meaning behind the Edith Sanford symbol and logo?

A: The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation is represented by a double helix logo that symbolizes our mission in three special ways. The double helix signifies our commitment to advancing genomics research. If you look closely, you’ll also notice that one strand of the helix is depicted as a pink ribbon, the iconic symbol of breast cancer awareness, and that it also forms an “S,” in honor of our research and patient care partner, Sanford Health.

 

Q: What is a biobank?

A: Edith Sanford’s biobank—a repository of blood and tissue samples from volunteers of all ages and backgrounds—gives researchers ready access to the genomic information found in human DNA to better understand the genetic and molecular changes involved in the progression of breast cancer.

Without this state-of-the-art resource, researchers needing specific samples would need to gain approval from an Institutional Review Board, find the patients and extract and catalog the samples on their own, adding months to a research project.

The biobank is housed in a 1,600-square-foot laboratory at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. It also boasts a robotic processing system that is one of only two similar systems being used around the globe.

 

Q: What does 100% to the cure™ mean?

A: Thanks to a generous gift from entrepreneur Denny Sanford that covers our operating expenses, 100% of every penny of every dollar contributed is directly invested in our cutting-edge research to end breast cancer.

Denny never knew his mother because she died of breast cancer when he was just four years old. With the wish for no more children to have their mothers taken from them by breast cancer, he made this extraordinary gift to initiate the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation and enable us to focus our efforts on finding the cures to the disease.

 

Q: Is my contribution tax deductible?

A: The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

 

Q: Does Edith Sanford provide financial support for patients?

A: The financial toll of breast cancer can be terrible, and our hope is that, one day, breast cancer and the burdens it causes will be history. That’s why, at the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, the funds we raise go 100 percent to the research to find the cures.

While providing direct financial assistance to those facing breast cancer is not within the scope of Edith Sanford’s mission, Sanford Health, our partner in patient care and research, may be able to assist eligible patients seeking care within the Sanford network with obtaining financial support.