Over 35% of BCAG grant applicants are under 45 years of age. While breast cancer diagnosis and treatment are difficult for women of any age, young women may find it overwhelming. Due to the side effects of surgery and treatment many find they cannot work or adequately take care of their children and family. Without access to Medicare, young women often face high insurance premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses. Thanks to the success of the yearly Bowl-a-thon, BCAG can provide financial assistance to these young women and help them focus on their treatment and recovery.