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Breast Cancer Help, Inc. Supports NYS Attorney General's Actions to Close Coalition Against Breast Cancer

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June 30, 2011

Lorraine Pace, Co-President, Breast Cancer Help, Inc., says she supports New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's actions to shut down the Coalition Against Breast Cancer and that organizations such as those which raise money under false pretenses do not represent legitimate breast cancer organizations.

On June 28, the New York State Attorney General's office filed a lawsuit against Coalition Against Breast Cancer, an organization based in St. James, New York, that fraudulently raised millions of dollars under the guise of fighting breast cancer. The organization raised $9.1 million over a five-year period, yet only less than 4% went to the cause it claimed to support. The rest of the money went to pay for exorbitant fundraising fees, lavish salaries and benefits packages, cell phones, home phones, TV and Internet services. The lawsuit also charges both CABC and its fundraising arm, Campaign Center, with violating New York State's not-for-profit and charitable solicitation laws.

The lawsuit further claims that CABC advertised it had a relationship with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, when no such relationship existed. The organization also told donors the money would go to fund breast cancer research, a mobile van for mammograms and support seminars and forums for breast cancer survivors and their families – none of which was true.

“We support Attorney General Schneiderman's actions against CABC and Campaign Center,” Ms. Pace said. “Organizations such as CABC cast a negative light on other legitimate breast cancer organizations. Breast Cancer Help raises funds through legitimate means and every dollar goes to the fight against breast cancer and the services and support programs we provide to survivors and their families. We urge the attorney general's office to impose the harshest actions possible against this fraudulent organization.”

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