The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (“TNBC Foundation” or “TNBCF”) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of triple-negative breast cancer. The foundation supports scientists and researchers in their efforts to determine the definitive causes of triple-negative breast cancer so that effective detection, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment can be pursued and achieved.
Since its inception in 2006, TNBC has raised over $2 million to further this mission.
TNBC Foundation was founded in 2006 in honor of Nancy Block-Zenna, who, at age 35, was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. In response to her diagnosis, her close friends launched the TNBC Foundation to raise awareness and support research for this particular type of breast cancer. Block-Zenna died of the disease in 2007, 2 1⁄2 years after her diagnosis.
On December 11, 2007, the TNBC Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure convened one of the first “think tanks” dedicated specifically to triple-negative breast cancer. The meeting was held prior to the opening of the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
Thirty researchers, from leading cancer institutions in North America and Europe, were invited to share information on the latest science, to discuss potential research collaborations and develop a scientific agenda for future research and clinical trials to find effective treatment for women with this subtype of breast cancer. The meeting also marked the first joint effort between TNBC and Susan G. Komen for the Cure to share resources to accelerate research and progress for women who are not benefiting from recent advances in breast cancer research.
TNBC has convened the Symposium each year since 2007. In 2010, over 30 researchers and scientists attended the Symposium, which was again co-sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). That year, the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation awarded its first independent grants to two researchers who were doing research in the area of triple-negative breast cancer.
In 2008, the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation co-funded a research grant with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation coffee bottle thermos. TNBCF’s initial $500,000 contribution marks the first time a nonprofit partner has co-funded one of Komen’s “Promise Grants”. Worth $7.5 million over five years, Promise Grants are designed to bring clinical researchers and basic scientists together to deliver new treatments for patients as quickly as possible. The Promise Grant was awarded to Dr. Andreas Forero of the University of Alabama green goalkeeper gloves, Birmingham Comprehensive cancer Center. Forero and his team are researching a new targeted therapy for triple-negative breast cancer.