Catherine Peachey Fund joins the Heroes Foundation family

heroes_peachylogo-01-2INDIANAPOLIS — The Heroes Foundation welcomes the Catherine Peachey Fund into the Heroes Foundation family. The arrangement allows the Heroes Foundation to take up the Catherine Peachey Fund torch to promote advances in breast cancer research and treatment by providing financial support to research and programs that are well positioned to move from the bench to the clinic.

“There is power in numbers. When we collaborate and share resources such as relationships and funders, more can be done for both the Catherine Peachey Fund and the Heroes Foundation,” says cancer survivor Vince Todd, Jr., co-founder and chairman of the Heroes Foundation.

The Catherine Peachey Fund will be treated as one of several programs managed by the Heroes Foundation. Both Steve Peachey and Stephanie Rufenbarger Lesher, trustees of the Catherine Peachey Fund, will join the Heroes Foundation board of directors.

Since its inception in 1994, the Peachey Fund, based in Warsaw, Ind., has granted $2.7 million to breast cancer research and programs. Its focus on treatment and research is a unique partnership between the consumer and the leadership of breast cancer research in Indiana. Its “Just Peachey” cookbooks have sold more than 57,000 copies to support breast cancer research and programs at Indiana University.

“This is an exciting step in the evolution of the Catherine Peachey Fund. Our mission and approach to fighting for women and against breast cancer aligns well with the Heroes Foundation’s goals and its people,” says Connie Rufenbarger, Director Project Development of the Catherine Peachey Fund.

The Heroes Foundation has raised over $2.85 million to forward its mission to provide meaningful support to cancer patients, education to promote cancer prevention and resources to advance research for a cure. The Indianapolis nonprofit takes an inclusive approach to the cancer fight, so all cancer types and cancer patients stand to gain through its initiatives.

“We intend to amplify the inspiring story of Catherine Peachey and grow the good work the Peachey Fund has done over the years. It’s an honor to be able to help care for her legacy,” Todd says.

Catherine Peachey was well known in the world of breast cancer activism and was a co-founder of the Indiana Breast Cancer Coalition. She helped lead lobbying for passage of the Off-Label Drug Bill (which guarantees access to non-FDA approved anti-cancer drugs for cancer patients). This law subsequently was passed in Indiana.



The mission of the Heroes Foundation is to provide meaningful support to cancer patients, education to promote cancer prevention and resources to advance research for a cure. Born from a cancer survivor’s desire to give back, the Indianapolis-based Heroes Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Contact: The Heroes Foundation, 5309 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46220. Visit; call 317-983-6580; email



The Catherine Peachey Fund, Inc. was established in memory of Catherine Peachey, a renowned breast cancer activist and one of the founders of the Indiana Breast Cancer Coalition. The mission of the Catherine Peachey Fund is to support research which is seen by our trustees and advisors as important to addressing major needs or answering meaningful questions in breast cancer research.  We accomplish this mission by maintaining close working relationships with our grantees.  The Catherine Peachey Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization.  The Fund has granted $2,417,163 to programs which have made a major impact on the breast cancer research agenda.  The Fund’s support of research and clinical programs at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center and other Indiana institutions has been made possible through the dedication of hundreds of volunteers over many years.  For more information, please visit