Our Mission

Deborah’s battle with Triple Negative Breast Cancer was filled with love, support and struggle. Although Deborah did not survive this disease, her family has established this foundation in her honour. The Deborah Zimmel Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation works closely with other cancer foundations, varying medical and professional communities and independent members, to gather and deliver a strong support system surrounding TNBC 




Awareness: Triple Negative Breast Cancer tends to be more aggressive, more likely to recur or spread, and more difficult to treat as there are no targeted treatments. TNBC disproportionately strikes younger women, African American women and those with the BRCA1 mutations. Our aim is to promote awareness, as there are new developments and approaches to treating TNBC everyday.


Education: Triple Negative Breast Cancer is a subtype of breast cancer as it is diagnosed based upon the lack of three receptors; estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth receptors 2 (HER2), known to fuel typical breast cancers. TNBC is known to be more aggressive and difficult to treat as most chemotherapies target one of these receptors, so TNBC treatments usually require intensive combination therapies. Our goal is to help support and encourage the launch of projects within Canada aimed in finding targeted treatments for TNBC.


Support: The Deborah Zimmel Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation is the first in Canada committed to TNBC. We are a dynamic organization that is willing to adapt quickly to the needs of those suffering with Triple Negative Breast Cancer by nurturing our current community and forever making new partnerships.