Mommy Bessie with daughter Sen. Loren Legarda
The Bessie B. Legarda Memorial Foundation was established by Sen. Loren Legarda in memory of her late mother who was a victim of breast cancer.

The BBLMF helps indigent breast cancer patients and conducts medical missions with fellow breast cancer awareness advocates. The Bessie B. Legarda Memorial Award is being given to outstanding women who have inspired breast cancer patients in the Philippines.

The awardees include: Stefanie Jeffrey, M.D., head of Stanford Medical Center's Breast Cancer Center (2000); Linda Panutat, head of the breast cancer support group Bosom Buddies (2001); pioneering breast surgeon Diana Cua, M.D. (2002); broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez (2003); founder of the breast cancer support group I Can Serve and journalist Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala (2004),; breast cancer survivor/actor/scriptwriter Bibeth Orteza (2005); breast cancer survivor/actress Maritoni Fernandez(2007); breast cancer survivors Tessie Pamintuan and Tessie Tobiano(2008); breast cancer survivor/founder of the Big O Magazine Suzette Andrews-Romero (2009); and beauty queen/supermodel Patty Betita (2010).