In August 2013, Mr. Charles Chen, outstanding alumnus of Fu Jen Catholic University, donated the fund to establish the Chen Yung & Fu Jen Breast Cancer Foundation (CFBCF), a not-for-profit foundation which aims at offering quality care and holistic service to breast cancer patients. Our goal is to help patients confront their illness, make informed treatment decisions and receive appropriate post-surgical care, so that they can lead a life of quality with hope.
The mission of the foundation is to sponsor initiatives in cancer prevention and treatment, offer urgent financial assistance to the underserved individuals and promote research in related areas. By distributing breast cancer information, support kits, diagnostic services, and financial aids, CFBCF hopes to further facilitate studies and exchanges in health care for patients. We pledge to promote health care that is private, professional, and well-protected for women with breast cancer.
CFBCF will work closely with “Women Health Care Center” at Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital (currently under construction) to provide comprehensive treatment and holistic service. We look forward to corporate and individual sponsors who appreciate and share our mission.
Letter C represents Chen-Yung and letter F represents Fu Jen Catholic University,
which means a whole new cooperation between business corporation and medical
education. The ribbon of the foundation logo is the focus, showing the beautiful flxibility and firmness of flowers in the form of smooth and dynamic lines. The colors of the foundation logo depict the active and colorful life. The walking posture in the logo is a symbol of this foundation and the patients working together toward hope and happy. The pink color of the foundation logo shows the leading efforts of Fu Jen Catholic University to dedicate itself to breast cancer medicine and holistic care. The light blue color of the foundation logo shows the support and care of Chen-Yung for the patients with breast cancer.
Service Features and Projects
1.Implementing the education of breast cancer prevention/therapy
In collaboration with the Health Promotion Administration to promote the cancer prevention/therapy and women's health, CFBCF actively held several "health lectures" and "health promotion events" to implement the education of breast cancer prevention/therapy and disease prevention/care.
(1) Health Lectures:
In collaboration with local governments and colleges, CFBCF educated the public about the knowledge of disease prevention/care. From 2014 to today, more than 20 lectures, which are held in collaboration with Hsinchung District Offie, Fu Jen Catholic University, etc., benefied more than 4,300 citizens.
The health lectures are as follows:
1.Lectures for Citizens - in collaboration with local institutions Lecturers specialized in health and medicine and medical doctors were invited to give talks on the subject of "Colorful Life, Delighted Soul", which were held by Hsinchung District Offie.
2.Health Lectures - in collaboration with colleges Several health and cancer prevention lectures were held in collaboration with the Administrative Offie of Fu Jen Catholic University.
(2) Health Promotion Events:
1.Education of breast cancer prevention/therapy: In collaboration with schools, medical institutions and organization related to breast cancer, CFBCF held several large events of breast cancer prevention/therapy, such as cancer patient hikes, and Pink Ribbon Decoration on Facebook. The event titled "Fu Jen & Chen Yung Night Runs", including the runs, concert and carnival, was held in December of 2015 in collaboration with Fu Jen Catholic University. The event invited hundreds of cancer patients to participate in. More than 500 runners and more than 2,000 citizens joined for the purpose of supporting breast cancer prevention/therapy. Several large events will be held in 2016, such as Tour de Taiwan and essay competition.
2.Health Market of Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital: The events of "Health Market of Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital" was held quarterly, as well as community health lectures, free screenings and small farmer markets, to provide knowledge about health and cancer prevention, encourage citizens to take breast
screenings and promote the public concern about breast cancer prevention/therapy.
Seven events have been held since 2014. In each event, more than 500 citizens joined with the satisfaction ratio up to 80%.
3.Breast cancer screening service: CFBCF was in collaboration with local clinics to provide counselling service and breast cancer screening service. There were 2 to 5 events of cancer screenings and health educations in community per month. From 2014 to 2016, over 70 events have been served and more than 2,000 citizens benefied from these services.
CFBCF has fiancially supported the patients with breast cancer and in therapy since 2014 to pay part of their medical bills and assist them in coping with the economic diffiulty due to cancer by alleviating the economic stress on the patient and the amily.
Because of the limited quota and funding, the priority falls on the patients who were diagnosed with breast cancer and earned mid to low income and then on the regular patients. The subsidy application cases were evaluated by the review committee of emergency assistance composed of doctors and social workers. After the committee's review, the patient list and the subsidy would be announced.
By the end of 2015, CFBCF has subsidized 125 patients with breast cancer and the total subsidies were beyond NT$ 4.9 million, including the expense of "self-paid target medications for the patients with HER2 positive results but no lymph etastasis" and "breast reconstruction". It is estimated that the subsidy of NT$ 4 million in 2016 will be totally used in the program of "self-paid target medications for the patients with HER2 positive results but no lymph metastasis".
(1) Hope Program for Breast Cancer
By building a platform of sharing and learning, CFBCF assists the patients with breast cancer in acquiring new information about breast cancer and receiving supports for body, mind and soul.
The programs focus on patients at the beginning, and then take care of patient family, relatives and the participants who want to receive in-service educational trainings in the cancer-related areas.
This implementation will construct a system network of education and service for breast cancer care in Taiwan.
The current programs included the following:
1.Chen Yung Care Lecturer
CFBCF invited clinical and scientifi experts to introduce many relevant issues, such as breast cancer therapy, rehabilitation, nutrition and phycology. These speeches acquainted the patients with breast cancer with the knowledge of cancer recurrence prevention, nursing care, psychological rehabilitation and the latest therapy to assist them in self-managing the disease for the coming medical treatment. In each speech, there were 100 to 120 persons attended and the attendees were with the 100% of satisfaction.
2.Patient Supportive Group
Established in 2015, comprehensive and topic-oriented workshops, designed by CFBCF and experts, were provided for patients with breast cancer to learn the knowledge and practice to obtain mental/physical supports.
There were several programs which have been held, such as supportive group workshop, psychological pressure reduction workshop, nutrition workshop and photography workshop.
3.Platform of Digital Learning
Although large speeches and workshops can provide deeper information and momentum, they are not practical due to time and space limitation and therefore only limited attendee are allowed.
Allowing the patients with breast cancer for more flxible opportunities to obtain information and learn relevant knowledge, a platform of digital learning is planned to be established to construct a comprehensive system of digital learning to broadcast accurate and professional knowledge about breast cancer. At the beginning experts will be invited to plan the digital learning programs and the software/hardware. It is estimated that this system of on-line digital learning will be tested and evaluated in 2017. Major advantages of the digital learning platform are as follows:
1.Without time and space limitation, the cost for leaning is greatly lowered.
2.The content is complete, comprehensive and instantly updated.
3.Learners can arrange their own adaptive learning schedule and the lifelong learning will be achieved.
4.It can create a long-term interactive on-line community to share opinions and experience.
(2) Care and Support
The offiial foundation website was established in 2014 and it has more than 510 thousands of visitors up to now. There are 1,578 members, among which 244 are patients with breast cancer. The Facebook Fan Page of CFBCF has won 2,016 likes.
2.Articles of Medical Knowledge on Chen Yung Column This column provides all kinds of professionally informative articles, such as breast cancer information, postoperative care, nutrition for cancer patients, relieving by exercises, psychologic
adjustment and soul healing.
3.Seventeen issues of E-papers have been sent out since 2014 to provide members for the latest foundation news and medicine information. The quarterly-issued "Origin of Smiles" in paper edition was started since April of 2016.
CFBCF issued many publications, such as healing CD, psychological pressure reduction CD, monthly E-papers, quarterly news and booklets of breast cancer prevention/therapy, to help the public getting close to this foundation and support patients to reduce their psychological pressure. These
publications are freely distributed by mailing out to members or by request
4. Breast Cancer Research
For the purpose of promoting academic study on breast cancer, CFBCF is in collaboration with the experts and scholars all over the world who are specialized in breast cancer research to collect the domestic experimental data of breast cancer and review the current prevalence of breast cancer. It also analyzes the data of the subsidy applications to understand the patients' needs and evaluate the effects
of the subsidy cases in the hope of improving the health education and subsidies of breast cancer and continuing to promote the patient care and health education.