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Community Outreach Volunteers Needed!
Last Call for Nominations!
On Your Mark, Get Set, Give!
Free Conference for Cancer Survivors
26th Annual Women's Memorial Golf Tournament
VBCF Awards July Cycle Library Grants
Recent Research Highlights
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Dear Friends,


Thank you to the many volunteers and contributors who have made July such a success! Below you will read more about Becky's Place at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) program in Wise County and the 26th annual Women's Memorial Golf Tournament. VBCF appreciates all of the generosity which enables us to educate and advocate for Virginians with the goal of ending breast cancer.


During these challenging economic times, VBCF continues to offer free educational resources across the state to encourage early detection and support newly diagnosed, active patients, and breast cancer survivors. VBCF recently approved mini-grants to seven public library systems, representing 24 branches and will award additional grants in December. We're also working to improve breast cancer related public policies such as supporting this year's breast density notification bill in our General Assembly. Virginia is one of only four states to have passed such a notification law (along with CT, NY, and TX). In order to continue our work, support from those who care about our cause is critical.


Join our efforts! Nominate someone for our Kohlenberg or Dopp Awards, participate in The 2012 Amazing Raise, volunteer at one of the many upcoming community education events, and/or attend the November Survivorship Conference. Get involved and show your VBCF support, helping us put an end to breast cancer!

Wishing you and yours good health, 


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Katy Sawyer

Executive Director

Community Outreach Volunteers Needed!

The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation is seeking enthusiastic, outgoing and motivated individuals to help with community outreach. Volunteers are needed to help staff health fairs and literature tables in Richmond and surrounding counties. Volunteers will set up booths and distribute brochures, literature and other information on breast cancer, our organization, volunteer opportunities and/or event promotion. 


Current Openings:

  • September 29:  Sisters Network Central VA Block Walk, Richmond.
  • October 6:  Sisters Network Richmond Block Walk, Richmond.
  • October 13:  BRAzaar at Southside Speedway, Chesterfield.

Contact Jaime Strohhacker for more information:  800-345-8223 or

Last Call for Nominations!


The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation takes great pride in recognizing the shining stars who have contributed to the fight against breast cancer. 

  • The Nancy G. Dopp Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an active supporter of VBCF who has been an exemplary volunteer for the organization by giving generously of his/her time, talent, and/or resources.  A volunteer may take on a major activity or event for the organization, or volunteer consistently throughout the year, helping as needed with even the smallest tasks.
  • The Sharon H. Kohlenberg Healthcare Service Award is given to a healthcare professional who exhibits a deep commitment to the fight against breast cancer.  This award recipient goes above and beyond the regular scope of their duties in a breast cancer-related healthcare field.  This can be an individual or a team who work closely as a unit.

Nominations are due on Friday, August 17, 2012. 


Contact for more information.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Give!
The Amazing Raise logo
September 19 from 8 - 10 pm

Support VBCF in The 2012 Amazing Raise, a 36-hour online giving event hosted by The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. While this event is targeted to Central Virginia residents, donors everywhere can participate as our funds raised will be used to support all of our statewide breast cancer education and advocacy services throughout Virginia.

VBCF is eligible to win a bonus Primetime Prize of an additional $1,000 if we can get the most unduplicated donors to give $50 or more on September 19th between 8 and 10 p.m. Please mark your calendars now for Wednesday, Sept. 19th and plan to visit VBCF's website at or to show your VBCF support and help us end breast cancer!

Free Conference for Cancer Survivors & Caregivers
The Central Virginia Breast Cancer Coalition presents The Survivorship Journey, a conference for cancer survivors and their caregivers on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The event will be held at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond from 9 am - 3 pm. Contact for more information. Registration is required.   
Becky's Place at RAM

Since 2008, Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) has been hosting "Becky's Place" at Remote Area Medical in Wise, VA, which provides cancer educational classes to patients while they wait for services. Becky's Place is named for Becky Morris, a former VBCF board member and president, who lost her battle in 2010. Women's Cancer Action Network started this educational initiative 12 years ago, but when it disbanded, VBCF stepped in to continue this vital function. We partner with similar organizations to offer awareness, education, and information on a variety of medical issues.


This year our classes included breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, male cancers, diabetes and smoking cessation. Our volunteer team represented the entire state. We taught 21 classes and reached over 600 individuals.  We also donate school supplies to the local school systems for distribution and host a children's tent.


A big thank you to all of our volunteers & supporters who make Becky's Place possible!  VBCF could not do this without you.

26th Annual Women's Memorial Golf Tournament
Thank You!

Thanks to all the volunteers & supporters that made the 26th Annual Women's Memorial Golf Tournament a success! The tournament, held at The Crossings on Saturday, July 28, raised over $31,000 for VBCF!
VBCF Awards July Cycle Library Grants


The VBCF Library Outreach Program awarded a total of $2,000 to seven public library systems, representing 24 branches in the July funding cycle. Libraries will use the funds to purchase breast cancer books and periodicals. Funding cycles occur in July and December of each year. Priority is given to libraries in underserved communities.
Libraries receiving funds in the July 2012 cycle were: Campbell County Library System, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Clifton Forge Public Library, Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library, Portsmouth Public Library, Russell County Public Library, and Samuels Public Library.
Applications for the December funding cycle can be found online at 
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