The Pretty in Pink Foundation

Elizabeth Edwards’ battle with breast cancer was a public fight; a fight she used to inspire others who suffered from the same condition. But, Edwards was also engaged in another fight: to try and make health insurance available to everyone so they could be treated for life-threatening diseases like cancer. Although she never lived to see that dream come true, a grassroots organization based in Raleigh is trying to make sure no one is denied breast cancer treatments just because they can’t pay for them.

The Pretty in Pink Foundation pays for life-saving medical treatment for North Carolina patients, regardless of their ability to pay, thus helping breast cancer patients cope medically and financially with breast cancer. “The areas we take care of for women with financial support are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy,” explained foundation executive director Penny Lauricella.

In her passing, Elizabeth Edwards is raising cancer awareness at a time when organizations like Pretty in Pink have need outstripping their resources. “Financially it’s quite hard for us to raise funds, but we cannot say no,” said Lauricella. Six years ago, Bernadette Pickles was told she had breast cancer. “Nobody wants to talk about what happens once you are diagnosed with the disease and the rippling effect it has,” explained Pickles, who is also the foundation’s director of outreach.

Bernadette believes Elizabeth Edwards’ public cancer battle has helped others fight the disease. “Currently, Pretty in Pink is paying the cancer treatment bills for 1,000 women with 181 others still waiting to be processed.

The Pretty in Pink Foundation

~ Kim Carther

8 Responses to The Pretty in Pink Foundation

  1. admin May 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Hi Kim, thanks so much for the information ~ Keep them coming ! If you want, I can create a login for you to publish yourself, but in the meantime, I can do this for you.


    ~ K

  2. Sandra Schrader June 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I will start treatment for ductol carsonomia and would like to find out how to get a free scarf. I f you can help please let me know. Keep me in your prayers. Thank you Sandra Schrader

  3. Rhonda Miller June 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    My niece will start treatment for ductol carsonomia and would like to find out how to get a free scarf. I f you can help please let us know. Keep her in your prayers. Thank you Rhonda Miller

  4. Val Dade July 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Hi I would like to know if there is any organization that will supply free prostheses.

  5. admin July 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    Hi Val,

    Try here:

    I would also do a search locally, in your area, which looks like Pennsylvania,

    Good luck, I hope that helps. Could you let me know if you find any good resources in your area for free or low cost prostheses ? Thank you !

  6. Darlene Naugle May 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    my sister has breast cancer and was denied financial support from your organization. They have no current income, but have some IRAs which they are using for retirement – why were they denied? Thank you.

  7. admin May 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Hi Darlene, Sorry for the delay on this. This site has no money at this time, we simply publish information on whatever resources we have found that might be able to help people in need. We invite people to send information about any local, regional or national resources and we will publish that information on the site.

    In other words, we have no money to deny. 🙁 I think you might have been writing about the Pretty in Pink Foundation, which we are not affiliated with.

    ~ Nak

  8. Noris September 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    If you call the breast cancer foundation they can give you a voucher for the scarfs. I have just donated all of the ones that I used. please send me an e mail if not and I will try to find them for you .

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