Our Impact

Since our inception in 1999, Bakes for Breast Cancer continues to provide easy and inclusive ways for everyone to help in finding a cure for breast cancer.

Our dessert-oriented events have:

  • Raised over $2,000,000 to fund cutting-edge breast cancer research
    • Supported our mission of finding a cure for breast cancer
    • Helped many patients undergoing breast cancer treatment

How we fund research:

For many years, some of our events funded cutting edge breast cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We helped researchers, which in turn benefited patients.

“The funds raised through Boston Bakes continue to support important research at Dana-Farber which seeks to personalize treatment based on a patient’s needs and the characteristics including the genetic make-up, of her particular breast cancer.”

– Dr. Eric Winer, Director, Breast Oncology Program, Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

As we move forward, we want to focus on our mission of providing grants to further research, prevention and treatment by supporting breast cancer research and treatment institutes. At least 50% of all funds raised from all events will be earmarked for breast cancer research grants.


Why we fund research:

After years of research aimed at fighting this disease, we know that breast cancer is not just singular, but many diseases, unique to each individual.

The only way to prevent and cure breast cancer is to continue to develop new treatments and therapies.

“As Dana-Farber continues to expand its efforts in cancer research, funding remains a major challenge because of ongoing reductions in the NIH budget.  Without additional funding from organizations such as Bakes for Breast Cancer, we could lose the next generation of breast cancer researchers to other fields of study. ”
-Dr. Craig A. Bunnell, Chief Medical Officer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The contributions we have made have led to improvements in the number of those surviving breast cancer:

  • There are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
    • The breast cancer mortality rate has decreased by almost 35% in the U.S. over the past 25 years
    • Today, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer is 99% while it was about 74% in 1980.

Improving breast cancer mortality rates is not enough, though. We must continue to fund research to prevent and find a cure for breast cancer. We won’t stop raising money until our mission is complete.