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Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation

Our mission is to grant wishes, including memory-making events, for metastatic breast cancer patients, while continuing to support, educate and increase resource awareness.

We at Making Memories are dedicated to providing a spark of joy into the lives of women and men who are losing their battle against breast cancer. The tragedy of this illness is not merely the physical and emotional burden, but also the enormous financial strain it places on a family.  When insurance benefits are exhausted and mounting medical expenses deplete bank accounts, there is often little or no money left for special memory-making moments, set apart from the everyday sadness and turmoil of "saying goodbye."

It is the driving force of our Foundation to make a wish come true for these brave fighters. The wishes and memory-making events we bestow, allows the individual and their family the opportunity to put aside the realities of this illness, if only for a time, while basking in the joy of one another's presence.  Our sincere desire is for every terminally ill breast cancer patient to pass from this world, comforted in the knowledge of having left one final beautiful memory for his or her family. 

Startling Breast Cancer Facts

The heartrending cost in human life is staggering. In America alone, one person receives a diagnosis of breast cancer every 2 1/2 minutes, while every 12 minutes someone loses his or her battle against this disease.  Breast cancer is no respecter of age or gender, estimates show that more than 200,000 women and 1,700 men will develop breast cancer this year. Although breast cancer is the number two cancer killer of older women, it is the number one cancer killer of women between the ages of 15 and 54, leaving thousands of young children without their mothers and young husbands to cope alone.
Breast Cancer Info

The gracious endeavors of compassionate corporations, companies, organizations and individuals like you, make our wish granting trust possible.  The programs, volunteer opportunities, and links of this records check website provide a great number of ways for you to make a difference in the lives of those diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

Making Memories Foundation

Corporate Donations and Partnership Ventures

  • Pink and Yellow sparkling wine by Yellowglen, "Sparkle for a Great Cause"
  • Dearfoams Slippers, "National Pink Ribbon Slipper Day"
  • Lucy Activeware, "10,000 brochures"
  • Gal to Gal Memory Enhancement Research Foundation
  • Kelly Jo Dowd Memorial Fund

See our sponsors links for more information.

Fundraising Programs

  • "Pink Envelope ProjectTM"
    Imagine a world where compassionate individuals, organizations, companies and corporations unite with the common goal of providing a moment of calm for a family amidst the hurricane of disease and financial constrains.

    For information on how your company can make a difference with a corporate event or PEP activities/parties individuals are hosting, please visit

  • "Brides Against Breast CancerTM"

    Giving brides-to-be, an opportunity to find the wedding gown of their dreams (at an incredible savings sponsored by SkinMedica TNS) while making wishes and dreams come true.
    Donate your wedding gown
  • Make your wedding reception or bridal shower more meaningful by hosting a Pink Envelope event.MORE

    Transform your wedding into more than a memorable day - make it a day that creates lasting memories for the families of women and men who have so little time left.MORE

  • "Quilters Against Breast CancerTM"

    If your passion is creating magnificent works of quilted art, then join with the quilters and stitchers worldwide who transform the unpolished gems of damaged wedding dresses into quilted jewels.

  • "Diamonds for DreamsTM"
  • Making Memories, uses the sale of diamonds, estate and other specialty jewelry to make dreams come true for individuals for who a cure is too late.MORE

    Use our search box or site directory to find the specific program you need, or explore the site to find all the ways you can become involved. We are sincerely grateful for all your generous giving!

Celebrity Contributors

Join with selfless individuals like Bill Gates, former Miss America Katie Harman, Faith Hill, William Peterson for the unique opportunity to make a wish come true. However, celebrity status is not necessary to help make a difference in the lives of individuals who are living on the edge of life. Visit our wish book to see a few of the heartwarming wishes and memory-making events we have grantedCLICK HERE.

Request a Wish

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, (Stage 4) generally considered to be terminal, we would like to offer you our compassion and support during this trying time.Click hereto request a wish or send an email to ourWish Directorfor additional information. It is our greatest hope to make a difference in your life.

Wishing for a Cure

If we could fulfill only one wish, it would be to change the circumstances for our beneficiaries and remove the dreadful disease that cuts short so many hopes and dreams.  We are grateful for the tireless efforts of researchers, educators, medical professionals, volunteers and survivors who continue to race for a cure that will eradicate this life-robbing bandit.  However, until such time ... with your help we intend to be here granting wishes and touch lives.


see some of the wishes we have granted.

Tributes and Memorials

Effective September 23, 2011

Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation is suspending the acceptance of applications for our wish program.  Over the last year we have been receiving an increasing amount of requests, many of them asking for funds to assist clients with everyday living expenses. The board of MM is reviewing the structure of our wish program and how best to use the resources of MM to assist those coping with stage 4 breast cancer. We will keep you updated on any decisions regarding the wish program.  Please contact us at 503.491.8091 with any questions.”

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A Tribute to Kelly Jo Dowd

The Devotion of a Fighting Spirit



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