About the Foundation
What distinguishes the Breast Health and Healing Foundation from every other breast cancer philanthropy? The difference can be summed up in one word: the virus. The Breast Health and Healing Foundation (501c3) is dedicated to fulfilling its mission “To understand the specific causes of breast cancer and to use that knowledge to prevent the disease”. Thus, our immediate objective is to answer the question, Does a virus cause breast cancer in women? The breast cancer virus is the focus of our efforts because we truly care about what causes breast cancer and this virus looks like it’s the biggest cause of all. Our immediate and urgent goal is to see that this research is completed soon as possible. Admittedly, this is a narrow and specific agenda, but it’s what sets the Breast Health and Healing Foundation apart from every other breast cancer philanthropy in the world and we’re proud of that.
You see, after more than 100 years of compelling and converging scientific evidence there’s good reason to believe that at least one virus causes breast cancer in women – the human mammary tumor virus (HMTV). In July 2013, Professor James Holland presented a summary of this research to the scientists of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the 60th anniversary celebration of its Clinical Center. His talk is now archived on National Library of Medicine’s website and can be viewed here. You can be sure that if the NIH didn’t implicitly support research on the breast cancer virus Professor Holland would have never been asked to give the keynote address that day.
In addition to the accumulating scientific data about HMTV, there may be other viruses that play a role in causing breast cancer. We plan to find them all! And once scientists have settled the question about the human breast cancer virus they will be able to move forward aggressively to develop a preventive breast cancer vaccine. Meanwhile, we are especially supportive of the ground-breaking work that Professor Vincent Tuohy of the Cleveland Clinic has done in creating the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine in mice and wish him well as he moves forward to test his vaccine in women with triple-negative breast cancer.
The Breast Health and Healing Foundation is convinced that the best way to end this 40-year old War On Cancer is to finally arrive at a brokered peace. The kind of peace we have in mind arises from what we call the “Pure Cure” – prevention. Our focus has been and will continue to be on completing the research on the human breast cancer virus. If the human mammary tumor virus plays a role in 40-94% of human breast cancer, as scientists now believe it does, then what makes the Breast Health and Healing Foundation different from all other breast cancer philanthropies may be what ultimately makes a difference for every woman on the planet and all the men who love them.
It’s Time To Answer The Question – Does A Virus Cause Breast Cancer In Women?
The Breast Health and Healing Foundation Breakthroughs
- The Breast Health GPS received #1 breast cancer app status in the iTunes Store
- Our documentary film about the breast cancer virus “It’s Time to Answer the Question” was nominated Best Film of the Year 2010 by Rethink Breast Cancer
- Two breast cancer summits were held by our organization on Capitol Hill
- Grammy award winner Ms. Gloria Gaynor has supported our foundation as our Goodwill Ambassador for Breast Cancer Prevention
- Our most recent accomplishment has been helping raise enough funds for the Cleveland Clinic’s preventive breast cancer vaccine to begin Phase I clinical trials
Our Mission Statement
The Breast Health and Healing Foundation was created in April 2008 with an inspirational and exciting mission:
“To discover the specific causes of breast cancer and to use that knowledge to prevent the disease.”
Kathleen T. Ruddy, MD
Breast Cancer Surgeon, Global Healthcare Leader, President of the Breast Health & Healing Foundation
Dr. Ruddy has twice been recognized by the largest private insurer in New Jersey (Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey) as an outstanding surgeon whose outcomes and cost-effectiveness are exemplary. Dr. Ruddy has twice received awards for her blog on the breasthealthandhealing.org website. Dr. Ruddy released the #1 app in the iTunes store (2010) for the first eighteen months after its release in 2010, Breast Health GPS, which pointed women to the nearest certified mammogram screening center.
Upon finishing the first fellowship on the Breast Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1995), Dr. Ruddy created the first integrated Breast Service for the Barnabas Health System, the largest healthcare system in New Jersey. Five years later the Cancer Registry at Clara Maass Hospital informed Dr. Ruddy that the survival rates of her patients were an order of magnitude better than anywhere else in the state and that she was performing 50% more breast-conserving surgeries than surgeons at other hospitals in her area. Saving breasts and saving lives was Dr. Ruddy’s goal. She achieved it and continues to do so.
In 2006, Dr. Ruddy took a sabbatical from her position as Medical Director of the Breast Service at Clara Maass Hospital to study at McGill University, and in 2008, she completed its first International Masters for Health Leadership. During her time at McGill University, Dr. Ruddy was invited to create a Breast Service at the Royal Hayat Hospital in Kuwait City. This lead to the first Gulf Conference on Breast Cancer in 2007, attended by representatives from all Gulf countries and Canada.
In 2008, Dr. Ruddy create the first breast cancer philanthropy dedicated to the primary prevention of breast cancer, the Breast Health & Healing Foundation (501c3). Dr. Ruddy became aware of the existence of a human breast cancer virus in 2007 and has dedicated the energies and resources of the Breast Health & Healing Foundation to increase funding for this critically important research.
“If a virus causes breast cancer in women, we need to know about it now not in another 100 years.”
As Dr. Ruddy says, “If a virus causes breast cancer in women, we need to know about it now not in another 100 years.” At this point, scientists are converging on agreement: The human breast cancer virus appears to be involved in 40-94% of human breast cancer. It is found and passed in human saliva. We are one step away from obtaining final proof of the causal role of this virus in human breast cancer and in beginning development of a preventive breast cancer vaccine similar to the one that targets the human papilloma virus, HPV, that causes cervical cancer.
In her quest to raise awareness about the human breast cancer virus and its global implications for the Pure Cure, Dr. Ruddy spent eight years researching and writing, “The End of Breast Cancer: A Virus and the Hope for a Vaccine,” which is now available on Amazon. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to support research on the breast cancer virus.
- Currently working with Soap Box Media in Los Angeles, California to produce a documentary film about the human breast cancer virus, A Pox On Us.
- Invited to become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012. Her “Commitment To Action” is to produce A Pox On Us and release it for worldwide distribution. 10% of the profits from the sale and distribution of the film will be used to support research on the breast cancer virus and the development of the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine.
- An esteemed member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health where she works exhaustively to promote the primary prevention of breast cancer by all means possible.
- Sits on the board of Morris Arts and is a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey.
- First became committed to fighting breast cancer in 1974 when her mother, Theresa, was diagnosed with the disease, continues to care for the 6000 patients under her care. Theresa is alive and thriving 41 years later, a beacon of light in the fight to end this scourge.
Prevention is the new cure! The sooner the better.
Dr. Ruddy’s Affiliates
Leadership Council, Harvard School of Public Health
The Harvard School of Public Health is dedicated to creating “powerful ideas for a healthier world.” Dr. Ruddy serves on the School’s Leadership Council, a group of individuals who share the School’s dedication to the field of public health and who have volunteered to serve as its ambassadors. Members like Dr. Ruddy are committed individuals who are passionate about global health and are dedicated to maintaining the Harvard School of Public Health as the foremost leader of public health in the 21st century
The Leadership Council was established in 2003 to convene a diverse group of individuals who share the School’s dedication to the field of public health and are willing to represent the Harvard School of Public Health across the globe. Members of the Council like Dr. Ruddy bring a broad range of influence and expertise to the School and its mission. Members strive to build key relationships with individuals, groups, and organizations that support the School’s mission to improve health worldwide.
To further the School’s commitment to advancing public health across the globe, Dr. Ruddy and members of the Harvard School of Public Health organized a Breast Cancer Summit in New York City in April, 2013 to discuss the current research on the human breast cancer virus and development of the world’s first preventive breast cancer vaccine. These kinds of public forums allow Council members like Dr. Ruddy to discuss emerging strategies for disease prevention so that policy makers and healthcare leaders can act on them efficiently and effectively, bringing them forward as quickly as possible for the advantage of all.