The Tyanna Foundation

Comforting and Supporting Women with Breast Cancer

In 1990, sisters Anne, Megan, Bridget, Katie, and Sara O’Brien tragically lost their mother, Tyanna Barre O’Brien, to breast cancer. She was just 48.

Today, the sisters honor their mother’s legacy with the Tyanna Foundation, which raises funds through the annual BreastFest event and other efforts. At Virtua, they have created a legacy with the Tyanna Barre O’Brien Breast Care Comfort Fund. Since 2009, this impactful fund has allocated more than $1 million to help provide extraordinary, compassionate care to women undergoing cancer treatment at Virtua.

Philanthropic support from the Tyanna Foundation and approximately 500 donors over the years has provided Virtua patients with prescription assistance, compression sleeves and gloves that address lymphedema, transportation to and from appointments, custom-fitted wigs and scarves, and so much more. Thousands of Virtua patients have received direct support, and the number of lives touched by the Tyanna Barre O’Brien Breast Care Comfort Fund is truly incalculable. Each time we help a specific patient, we support the health and wellness of that patient’s family, as well.

We are grateful to the O’Brien sisters and proud to be part of the wonderful legacy they have created to honor their mother!

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