|CELEBRATING OVER 24 YEARS OF SERVICE
Linda Creed was innovative from its inception – the first local organization to address breast cancer as a serious and widespread disease threatening the lives of women living in the Delaware Valley. Linda Creed empowers women and their families to talk about breast cancer, learn about it, and take control of their health and their lives. Our motto is we will be there...until breast cancer is not.
Linda Creed (legal name: Linda Creed Epstein Foundation) was founded in 1987 by friends and family of Linda Creed Epstein, a Philadelphia songwriter who died at the age of 37 after waging a 10-year battle with breast cancer.
Linda Creed was innovative from its inception – the first local organization to address breast cancer as a serious and widespread disease threatening the lives of women living in the Delaware Valley. Linda Creed empowers women and their families to learn about breast cancer, talk about it, and take control of their health and their lives. Our motto is Fighting Breast Cancer with Heart, but our vow is we will be there until breast cancer is not.
Linda Creed was the first free-standing breast cancer organization in Pennsylvania. Dedicated to the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, with the goal of reducing unnecessary suffering and death associated with this disease, the new organization immediately identified a strong, unmet community need: free mammography screenings for women who were uninsured or underinsured. The first screenings were presented in cooperation with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and two associated hospitals. To date, more than 15 hospitals have participated in the program, which has screened over 8,000 women. As Linda Creed grew, it engaged professional staff, and programs were created to educate women about breast health, and to provide free mammography screening to uninsured women.
The Foundation receives no government funding. All funding for its $500,000+ yearly operating budget is raised through private sources and granting agencies.
Some Foundation Firsts
- We were the first free-standing breast cancer non-profit foundation in Pennsylvania
- We were the first to recognize the need for breast health education in the local community.
- We were the first organization to offer free screening mammograms to uninsured or under-insured women in the Delaware Valley.
- We were the first organization to travel to Washington, DC as a coalition on behalf of the State of Pennsylvania to lobby on Capitol Hill for increased federal and state dollars to be allocated to funding breast cancer detection, research, and treatment. We were a founding member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
- We were the first organization to conceive or and create targeted outreach to at-risk African American and lesbian communities in the Delaware Valley.
- We were the first organization to frankly discuss breast health in the community, by presenting breast health workshops at the workplace and by producing an innovative educational video, “The Legacy,” filmed in Philadelphia, marketed to the younger generation to raise breast health awareness
- We were the first organization to offer support groups specifically for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families in the Delaware Valley, long before hospitals and cancer centers offered their own.
- We were the first organization to present a free public ceremony each year at the start of Breast Health Awareness Month to raise awareness of the disease and its impact on the local community.
- We were the first organization to be awarded the Nonprofit of the Year Award by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, in 2001