The initial purpose of the fund was to make financial assistance available to any woman in Richland County who was in need of a mammogram or other diagnostic procedures that she could not otherwise afford. Early detection is key. As time progressed, public education initiatives were added, stressing the vital need to detect this breast cancer at its earliest stages. The fund is continually evolving and most recently considering a broadened approach to assistance which includes help before and if breast cancer strikes. In a nutshell, the fund was established to help Richland County breast cancer patients and survivors in whatever way we can.