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Dear Friends,


Post-Labor Day, the unofficial start to fall, VBCF staff and volunteers have already begun getting ready for the busy upcoming months. While we know that breast cancer awareness is a year-round issue, the visibility of the pink ribbon in October brings public visibility to our cause. To prepare for the many requests for participation we receive for volunteers to attend events, handout literature and such, VBCF would love for you to join us at our volunteer orientation session on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 in VBCF's office in Richmond. If you are outside the Richmond area, please contact Jennie Southworth to learn more.


VBCF is once again participating in the Sept. 18-19, 2013 Amazing Raise, a 36-hour online giving event hosted by The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. While this event targets Central Virginia residents, anyone can donate, and funds raised will be used to support VBCF's statewide education and advocacy initiatives. An easy way to support VBCF to try and help us win a viral video prize is to watch our YouTube video. Our campaign goal is to exceed 2012's inaugural year of participation in which 33 donors gave more than $2,000. Please consider making a gift to VBCF!


Finally, great events across the state to raise breast cancer awareness and benefit VBCF are being added to our calendar each day. Mark your planner to participate in at least one upcoming event and bring a friend to support our efforts. And don't forget that VBCF offers FREE educational materials that you can order to support your own efforts to raise awareness. Get involved - help us put an end to breast cancer!


Wishing you and yours good health,


Katy Sawyer's Signature 

Katy Sawyer

Executive Director

Recent News & Research Highlights


Oncofertility offers new options for young women with cancer who want to have kids


When Michele Foust received a diagnosis of Stage 2 breast cancer this spring, she typed out a list of questions about her treatment.


At the top of the 26-year-old's concerns was an unknown that haunts many young cancer patients: "If I survive, will I be able to have children?"


Foust's breast surgeon was unsure and told her she thought it was likely that chemotherapy would impair her chances by damaging healthy eggs as fast as it killed other rapidly dividing healthy cells such as hair follicles.




School-age drinking 'may increase breast cancer risk'


The more alcohol a female consumes between her first menstrual cycle and her first full-term pregnancy, the higher her risk of breast cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 




Drug Used for Blood Cancers May Stop Spread of Breast Cancer Cells, Mayo Clinic Finds


A drug used to treat blood cancers may also stop the spread of invasive breast cancerresearchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida have discovered. Their study, published online in Breast Cancer Research, found that in the lab and in animals, the drug decitabine turns on a gene coding for protein kinase D1 (PRKD1) that halts the ability of cancer cells to separate from a tumor and spread to distant organs. 




VT Researchers Question Safety of Nicotine Patches


Newly published research out of Virginia Tech provides even more evidence that smoking causes cancer - specifically breast cancer.

That research shows nicotine appears to be just as dangerous as the other chemicals in cigarettes.

Because of this research, questions are arising about the potential danger from using a popular form of smoking control: Nicotine Patches.  



Standing Strong


Drawing on strength from her ancestors and lessons from the 1960s, cancer survivor Vernal Branch works to make a difference for the next generation.