I am excited to report that I have just returned from the National Breast Cancer Coalition's Annual Advocate Summit and National Lobby Day and am excited by VBCF's participation! It was empowering to see all of the breast cancer survivors and loved ones from across the United States, and with international guests, convene and mobilize to support an end to breast cancer. I had the opportunity to see Dr. Susan Love speak for my first time and learned more about the latest research advances in breast cancer. I am excited to bring this knowledge, energy, and potential back to Virginia to benefit our citizens around the state.
In addition, on Tuesday May 8, a huge thank you to the more than 50 breast cancer survivors and loved ones from Virginia who travelled to Washington, DC to meet with our state elected officials at their US Capitol offices. Meetings were held with all 13 of our state legislators to express support for HR 3067, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act. This bi-partisan co-sponsored bill focuses on identifying strategies for the primary prevention of breast cancer and identifying methods to prevent breast cancer metastasis. The goal is to have 218 co-sponsors (a majority of House members) by Mother's Day this Sunday, May 13! Please be sure to call your elected representatives (you can find out who they are here-- http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov) to express your support! To learn more about this bill, please visit http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3067/text.
Don't forget to celebrate National Women's Health Week (May 13-19) by scheduling your mammogram this month! It kicks off on Mother's Day and didn't your mother always want you to be a healthy, happy, vibrant woman? Honor her by scheduling your mammogram or encouraging a friend to do so.
Thank you for your commitment to end breast cancer,
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| |VBCF and its volunteers are gearing up to host Becky's Place, July 20 - 22, 2012, at the three-day Remote Area Medical (RAM) Expedition in Wise County, VA. This event brings health care screening, services, and education to far southwest Virginians who lack access to health care services.
VBCF runs Becky's Place - the cancer education program tent - and provides volunteers for child care and other support services. In 2011, more than 2,500 folks received medical services and more than 600 attended one of our classes.
We need your help to make Becky's Place happen! We are seeking donations of giftcards, personal care items, school supplies and more. Please click here to see our full wishlist and find out how you can support this important outreach effort.
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