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Saint Agatha Fund

Saint Agatha
Patron Saint of Breast Cancer

Saint Agatha's feast day is February 5. Saint Agatha's love of God started at an early age. Even though Agatha was very beautiful and many men were attracted to her, Agatha remained faithful in her love and devotion to God. When a powerful judge was rejected by Agatha, he used his power to imprison, punish and eventually kill her. Agatha was martyred in 251 A.D.

Saint Agatha did not suffer from breast cancer but she suffered the loss of her breasts and exposure to burning coals. As breast cancer patients, we lose a very personal piece of ourselves whether it be a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Many of us experience radiation which, in some patients, can cause burning of the skin. Saint Agatha walked the path that many of us have and therefore the Catholic Church acknowledges her as the Patron Saint of Breast Cancer.

The Breast Center at St. Joseph Medical Center established the Saint Agatha Fund to help women in our community who need financial assistance during their breast cancer treatment at St. Joseph.

Please help us by making a donation today. Any amount is appreciated and 100 percent of your donation will go directly to help breast cancer patients.

Thank you!

To make a donation, please contact us at 816-943-3263.