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Thank you to the many volunteers and contributors who are making this summer such a success! Two weekends ago, volunteers and staff were busy with both Becky's Place at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) program in Wise County and our annual golf tournament. Becky's Place offers hundreds of southwestern Virginians a three-day educational tent to learn more about health risks and preventive measures. Our 27th annual Women's Memorial Golf Tournament offered a great morning of golf and auction, raffle, and luncheon, raising $28,000 from our very generous participants.


Currently, VBCF is reviewing applications from public library systems across the state to award our biannual grants to purchase up-to-date breast cancer resources for patrons. In addition, VBCF is inviting nominations for our annual Kohlenberg and Dopp Awards to be given to a top-notch breast health care provider and outstanding volunteer so please consider nominating.


Finally, we need your help to choose our first annual VBCF t-shirt design for 2013! Below you will find the two design choices we're excited about and you can click to vote on your favorite until Monday, August 5.  We will make an announcement once the winner is chosen and the shirts are available for purchase. We hope you will get a shirt early so you can proudly display your VBCF support in October and all year round!  


Wishing you and yours good health,


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Katy Sawyer

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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 Monday, August 12, 2013. 


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Recent News & Research Highlights


Racial gap remains in breast cancer survival rates 


The two-decade-long divide in breast cancer survival rates among black and white women has not budged, and the difference is driven more by how sick women are when they come in for a diagnosis rather than the differences in how they're treated, a new study says.



Virginia groups, experts hail gene patenting ruling


Of the 21 patients seen at the University of Virginia High Risk Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic in Charlottesville on Friday, four got tests to check for gene mutations linked to inherited forms of breast and ovarian cancer, said surgeon David R. Brenin. Several other patients were there for follow-up, having been tested and known to carry the gene mutations. 




Justices, 9-0, Bar Patenting Human Genes


Human genes may not be patented, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The decision is likely to reduce the cost of genetic testing for some health risks, and it may discourage investment in some forms of genetic research. 




It's Time to Move Beyond Overhead


In a historic move, the leaders of the country's three leading sources of information on nonprofits - GuideStarCharity Navigator, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance - penned an open letter to the donors of Americadenouncing the "overhead ratio" as a valid indicator of nonprofit performance.