In September of 1992, longtime friends Doreen Mortimer and Bunkie Hawk decided that it was time they went for a mammogram. They decided they would go together for support. Unfortunately, their test results were not what they had hoped, as they were both diagnosed with breast cancer. While lying in the same hospital room, subsequent to enduring mastectomies performed by the same doctor, they decided that they were Bosom Buddies. The name stuck and became the name of a breast cancer support group founded in 1993.
Doreen would be proud to see how much progress the WNY Breast Resource Center has made. It is the vision, dedication, and hard work of the Bosom Buddies that make this Center a reality.