Who is The Side-Out Foundation?

Author: Julie Matthews
May 22, 2012

Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews

Director of Content & Social Media at The Side-Out Foundation
Julie blogs about her personal experience with leukemia and life from a patient’s perspective.She also writes about Side-Out news and events.She is a race walker, a dog lover, and a dedicated explore.org #bearcam watcher.
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We were distressed to receive an angry e-mail about what organizations Side-Out supports and thought it important to take a moment to clarify who The Side-Out Foundation is and how the funds you entrust to us are dispersed.

The Side-Out Foundation is not affiliated with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. While we respect Komen for its role in igniting a breast cancer movement, we are an independent non-profit organization. Every breast cancer organization operates under its own priorities, and it is very important to us that money donated to participants in our events supports research or education that Side-Out values most. The Board of Directors and Scientific Advisors who make these decisions are an esteemed group of professionals to whom we look for advice and guidance.

Although Planned Parenthood is an important resource for patients seeking breast cancer preventive services, Side-Out does not donate to any of its chapters. We dedicate the majority of donations to translational research for breast cancer, a revolutionary science that aims to achieve bedside treatment as quickly as possible. In addition to research, the foundation also allocates funds to organizations that provide compassionate support for cancer patients and their families. These groups typically offer education and counseling services for cancer patients and their loved ones as well as classes that teach exercise and relaxation techniques.

Currently Side-Out is focused on the Side-Out Protocol, a clinical trial for patients with metastatic breast cancer that uses targeted therapy to develop the best treatment plan for each individual, with hopes to begin the second phase of the clinical trial later this year. In addition, it recently donated $160,000 to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to support the I-SPY 2 breast cancer clinical trial (a clinical trial for patients with early stage breast cancer).

Schools and clubs nationwide, both public and private, secular and religious, host Dig Pink events to benefit The Side-Out Foundation, and Side-Out is cognizant of its responsibility to consider the values and beliefs of these constituents. We are grateful that the volleyball community welcomed our organization and champions our cause, and we would never violate the trust teams put in us to utilize funds in a useful and respectful manner.

Below are some helpful resources about The Side-Out Foundation:

If you have any additional questions, please contact Julie at [email protected]

Comment


  • Jennifer

    I truly appreciate the fact that you are not donating money to any of the chapters of Planned Parenthood. After I learned this, I could fully support my daughter in participating in the Dig Pink event that took place at her volleyball game last week.

    I am grateful for the work that you do.

    Is is ironic to me that Planned Parenthood, the number 1 provider of abortions in the United States, would also be associated with preventive breast cancer services. Studies have shown that abortion significantly increases the risk of breast cancer. I find it difficult to believe that Planned Parenthood is truly concerned and committed to helping women fight breast cancer when they are providing a procedure that increases the risk of women getting it.

    — Jennifer

  • Susan

    I truly appreciate the fact that you are not donating money to any of the chapters of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. After I learned this, I could fully support my daughter in participating in the Dig Pink events scheduled for the upcoming season.

    I am grateful for the work that you do.

    Is is ironic to me that Susan G. Komen Foundation, the number  one charity for cancer research obstructionism and bringing lawsuits against small groups that try to raise funds for cancer research in the United States, would also be associated with raising money for preventive breast cancer services. Legitimate studies have not shown that abortion significantly increases the risk of breast cancer.  Planned Parenthood’s efforts to provide early screening for breast cancer is admirable. It is truly concerned and committed to helping women fight breast cancer unlike the Susan G. Komen Foundation who are more concerned about their “brand” and have worked to discourage the study of carcinogens in our environment and consumer products. 

    — Susan

  • Elizabeth

    There are actually a variety of studies on whether there is a link between breast cancer and abortion and results vary among them. Three major studies, one conducted by Harvard following 100,000 women from 1993 to 2007, showed no link. I totally understand if you object to abortion, but it is true that many low and middle income women depend on Planned Parenthood for screenings for both cervical and breast cancer, as well as other health services. I’ve never had an abortion, but I used to go there for breast exams and pap smears when I couldn’t afford to see a gynecologist.

  • Carol

    You state above, “Although Planned Parenthood is an important resource for patients seeking breast cancer preventive services…” Really? See comment from Jennifer above. Why do you feel the need to say something positive about Planned Parenthood rather than just simply state “we are not affiliated with Planned Parenthood and do not donate to any of their chapters.” I am glad you are not affiliated with Komen or Planned Parenthood, but am disappointed you felt the need to go out of your way to be supportive of Planned Parenthood. Please change the wording on your website to something neutral and we would be excited to support Dig Pink and Side Out. Until then, we’ll have to sit it out. My Mom, who is a breast cancer survivor, and the rest of my family are all about LIFE, that is Life for all of us, including the unborn.


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