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Luke's FastBreaks

#BeStrong #NoMoreHospitalGowns

aka Luke's FastBreaks   |   Addison, TX   |  https://lukesfastbreaks.org/
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Luke's FastBreaks

EIN: 81-1337763


Mission

Luke’s FastBreaks supports children, adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer. We strive to promote normalcy and restore dignity during treatment by replacing the hospital gown with our unique Medical Shirts.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Ms. Bridget Bahm

Main address

4135 Billy Mitchell Drive

Addison, TX 75001 USA

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EIN

81-1337763

Subject area info

Hospital care

Oncology

Pediatrics

Cancers

Population served info

Children and youth

Caregivers

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hospital Visits

Luke's FastBreaks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that makes colorful medical shirts for toddlers, children and teens in the hospital for long periods of time with serious chronic and terminal illnesses including childhood cancer, bone marrow transplant, autoimmune diseases, infusion, heart transplant - the majority of children Luke’s FastBreaks serves have an extensive amount of IVs, lines, tubes, a port and many have feeding tubes.

The medical shirts enable pediatric patients to feel comfortable during their stay and boost their self-esteem by allowing for self-expression with various color options and designs. The Luke’s FastBreaks medical shirts meet hospital standards, allowing them to replace the traditional hospital gown in an effort to help with the mental fight these children face. The medical shirts also restore their privacy—something that’s often lacking in the traditional hospital gown. Most importantly, we believe these medical shirts give children back their dignity.

The idea for the medical shirts was started by 9 year old cancer survivor, Luke Lange, from Dallas, Texas. During his hospital stay, Luke was forced to trade in his gym shorts and t-shirts for a new uniform—the hospital gown. Most pediatric patients will tell you the hospital gown leaves little room for privacy and strips them of their identity making the psychological challenges for a child fighting a serious illness like cancer even more severe.

Luke said the hospital gown made him “feel more sick”—he just wanted to feel like a normal 3rd grader.

That’s when Luke and his parents had an idea. They cut up the sides of his t-shirts and sewed in snap tape allowing easy access to ports, IVs and lines while also giving Luke the ability to be in an outfit that looked and felt normal (https://youtu.be/9gIqW99Rba0). Luke wore his new shirts to treatment at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas that day other children within the hospital started asking where they could get one. Soon after the nonprofit, Luke’s FastBreaks, was founded (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeCHhokYTDs).

Even though the shirts were designed for cancer patients any child who has “tubes” and IVs in them can benefit from these shirts. The Luke’s FastBreaks medical shirts are beneficial to any child in the hospital long-term receiving care especially if that child has extensive tubing, IVs or ports.

The Luke's FastBreaks partners with a number of hospital-related organizations including the Association of Child Life Professionals. Physicians and hospital staff credit the Luke’s FastBreaks medical shirts for giving the children a sense of normalcy during their hospital stay.

Luke’s Pediatric Oncologist, Dr. Kelly Vallance from Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas said the following about the Luke’s FastBreaks medical shirts; “The Luke’s FastBreaks medical shirts are something that every child in treatment can use. It’s a tremendous benefit and gives (patients) a sense of normalcy while they are in the hospital.”

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Luke’s FastBreaks not only works to encourage pediatric patients on our hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities visits, but we also try to encourage the staff. That’s why we started our Letters of Encouragement program. We want the hospital and RMHC staffs to know they are supported by the community and we are thankful for their service.

In addition to our Letters of Encouragement, we always provide fun, themed cookies for the staff, families and patients (if the hospital permits) on our visits. The cookies range from emoji to superheros to holiday-themed to local sports teams. We hope hospital and RMHC staff members walk away after our visits feeling appreciated by the community they serve.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

Luke’s FastBreaks currently mails the majority of our medical shirts to patients for treatment. They are able to request a medical shirt care package to be sent to his or her home for free thanks to donations from individuals throughout the community.

Inside each care package a child will receive: 3 medical shirts, fleece blanket, 2 pair of gripper socks, 3 inspiring wristbands, chapstick (dry lips are a side effect of chemotherapy), and a custom encouragement card!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of care packages delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Care Packages for Children with Cancer

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Luke's FastBreaks is steadily increasing care packages to pediatric cancer patients each year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To support child and adolescent cancer patients by delivering care packages comprised primarily of athletic shirts with snaps to allow for easy port access.

Through fund raising and support of continued donors .

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children and adolecents diagonosed with cancer.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We were strongly considering changing our care package content and were going to eliminate blankets. We heard from our patients and supporters how much they loved the blankets and changed course. We are now going to continue to include in the care package.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has allowed us to see from their perspective what is important to them.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16.19

Average of 14.56 over 4 years

Months of cash in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

21.4

Average of 7.8 over 4 years

Fringe rate in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 0% over 4 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Luke's FastBreaks

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Luke's FastBreaks’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $18,248 $85,256 $76,871 $115,942
As % of expenses 6.9% 28.3% 33.3% 89.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $18,248 $83,969 $74,297 $113,368
As % of expenses 6.9% 27.8% 31.9% 85.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $281,319 $338,864 $307,121 $230,383
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 20.5% -9.4% -25.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 96.6% 98.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 3.4% 1.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $263,071 $300,871 $230,600 $129,441
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 14.4% -23.4% -43.9%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 2.6% 4.0% 12.6% 2.0%
Occupancy 1.0% 4.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 26.1% 0.0% 51.5% 20.2%
All other expenses 70.2% 91.4% 35.9% 77.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total expenses (after depreciation) $263,071 $302,158 $233,174 $132,015
One month of savings $21,923 $25,073 $19,217 $10,787
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $284,994 $327,231 $252,391 $142,802

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019
Months of cash 0.9 1.7 7.1 21.4
Months of cash and investments 0.9 1.7 7.1 21.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.8 4.1 9.2 26.9
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cash $20,489 $42,867 $136,111 $231,324
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $14,069 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 10.9% 26.1% 2.4% 4.7%
Unrestricted net assets $18,248 $102,217 $176,514 $289,882
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $18,248 $102,217 $176,514 $289,882

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019
Material data errors No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Bridget Bahm

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Ben Lange


Board co-chair

Tracy Lange

Jim Singer

Gina Betts

Lisa Cooley

Dr. Kelly Vallance

Thomas Lynn

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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