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Dear Friends,


VBCF is proud to release its 2012 Annual Report in celebration of National Women's Health Week (May 12-18). We believe our efforts to Educate. Advocate. Eradicate. are making a positive impact in Virginia. VBCF's volunteers and staff have been busy recently with: Peninsula Chapter's luncheon, silent auction, and fashion show in downtown Hampton; the 4th Annual Aces for Awareness event in Richmond which included a morning of tennis with pros and a silent auction, luncheon, and fashion show celebrating breast cancer survivor models; and National Lobby Day at the Capitol in Washington, DC with 25+ Virginian advocates. Be sure to like VBCF on Facebook to see some great photos from these events!


We are getting ready for some fun upcoming summer fundraisers, including: Night of Honky Tonk Angels 4: A Celebration of Women in Roots Music at the Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall in Richmond on June 1st; the Pink Ribbon Polo Classic in Crozet on Father's Day, June 16th; and the 27th Annual Women's Memorial Golf Tournament at Brookwoods Golf Club in Quinton on July 20th. All of these events, as well as generous support from our individual donors like you, make it possible for VBCF to continue to educate Virginians by providing breast cancer materials FREE of charge.


In particular, one of our signature educational events is Becky's Place at the Remote Area Medical program in Wise County to be held July 20-22 during which VBCF volunteers coordinate education for more than 600+ attendees. If you would like to help VBCF provide your fellow Virginians with knowledge and a voice in the fight against breast cancer, please consider making a donation now. Your support makes a difference!


Wishing you good health,


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Katy Sawyer

Executive Director

2012 Annual Report

VBCF is proud to release its 2012 Annual Report. We hope you will take a few minutes to review last year's highlights and accomplishments!
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Each July, VBCF participates in a three-day program called RAM (Remote Area Medical). This event brings health care screening, services, and education to Wise County, an extremely rural area of Virginia. VBCF runs the cancer education program tent and provides volunteers for child care and other support services.  In 2012 VBCF volunteers, made up of cancer survivors, nurses, and pharmacy students, taught 21 classes and offered tobacco cessation counseling to over 600 people.
We are current seeking donations of new items to be given out to our class participants. 
Recent News & Research Highlights


My Medical Choice by Angelina Jolie


MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.


We often speak of "Mommy's mommy," and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a "faulty" gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

from the National Cancer Institute



How Exercise May Lower Breast Cancer Risk


Breaking a sweat does more for your body than just trim your waistline. Exercise may lower a woman's risk for breast cancer and researchers are finding out why. 





Social Interaction Can Help Relieve Breast Cancer Symptoms 


Breast cancer patients who have lots of friends and social relationships tend to cope with the pain and other symptoms associated with the disease better than those who are more isolated, according to new research published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.