So …I started working around 7:30 a.m., stopped to go to radiation and worked through until 6:30 p.m. That on top of freelance photography last evening, and I am TIRED. I haven’t even stopped for dinner yet.
So when I get home the phone rings. “Out of Area” says caller I.D., but I answer anyway.
Someone I do not know asking for me . I ask who it is, and she says she is so and so from The Breast Cancer Relief Foundation. She gives me a website I can check – www.breastcancerrelief.org . And oh she can send me information after I make my pledge.
How did you get my name, address and phone number I ask. She then says stupidly, oh you come up on an auto-dialer for your phone number. So then you magically divine my name I ask.
No response for a moment and then she says she is just a telemarketer in an MCI call center or something like that.
So then I decided to land on her after a little more pushing on her part. I said that she had balls to call a woman going through breast cancer treatment and all that financially entails and calling at dinner to ask me to give money. I further told her I believe in two breast cancer non-profits, Breastcancer.org and Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
Ok we’ll put you on the do not call list she says. Hope she does, because oh yes (sorry forgot to mention in my fit of breast cancer pique), this is not the first call from them since I got diagnosed and I never heard of them before this so someone boobalicious is selling deets of breast cancer gals.
So I am paying it forward – DO not give these people money. From what I read they spend more money on themselves then they do on women with breast cancer. And if someone is going to push you to make a donation when you just told them you are in treatment for breast cancer and paying for all that fun, well f*ck ’em.
So Annis D. Tarver, PhD, President of this BCRF? God don’t like ugly and I hope you remember that as you sit in your office making money off poor women going through treatment.
DON’T CALL ME AGAIN!
Ladies, if you get a call from these people, turn them down and even consider turning them in…to your state’s attorney general’s office if the contact persists – by the time you make a pledge to an outfit like this you might as well not. Check out your charities – and there are a lot of large and small charities devoted to breast cancer that are the real deal, so don’t waste your dollars with telemarketing charities.
BCRF are listed as being in New Orleans among other places and I am tempted to suggest everyone call them and ask the president for her home phone number so we can all call her at dinner time:
The Breast Cancer Relief Foundation
615 Baronne Street, Suite 301
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
(504) 529-3258 Office
(504) 529-3538 Fax