Powerful Documentary and Book on Young Women and Breast Cancer to be Released During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 12, 2002

Powerful Documentary and Book on Young Women and Breast Cancer to be Released During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

New York, NY - (September 12, 2002)

Fighting for Our Future Profiles Courageous Women of the
Young Survival Coalition

New York, NY Fighting for Our Future, a one hour original Lifetime Television documentary, will premier on Lifetime Television on October 10, 2002 at 7 pm EDT and PST. Lifetime TV is the #1 cable television network in primetime and the leader in women's television. A companion book, published by McGraw Hill, will be available in stores on Oct. 1, 2002. Both the documentary and companion book were produced and written by Beth Murphy of Principle Pictures, Inc.

Fighting for Our Future is an intimate look at the lives of young women courageously battling breast cancer, a disease that mainly strikes an older population. These members of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) are advocates for research, funding and legislative action on behalf of young women with breast cancer. They represent the only international non-profit organization focused on the issues unique to young women with breast cancer.

For the first time, the wisdom and experiences of young women, their families, and caregivers address what it means to be a young woman living with and surviving breast cancer. Their testimonials are real and they are powerful.

Unlike their post-menopausal counterparts, young women diagnosed with breast cancer struggle with higher mortality rates, fertility issues, chemotherapy induced menopause and psychosocial issues regarding dating, families and motherhood.
Beth Murphy tackles and explains these issues, by presenting the experiences of several YSC members. She helps young women understand and cope with the unique and difficult issues they face and she brings these issues to our attention through her provocative documentary and book, Fighting for Our Future. "There is finally a road map for the approximately 250,000 young women living with breast cancer in the United States today. Now, young women living with and newly diagnosed with breast cancer will know that they are not alone," said YSC President Cynthia Rubin. "All young women and doctors will know that young women can and do get breast cancer."

Through action, advocacy and awareness, the YSC seeks to educate and influence the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities to address breast cancer in women 40 and under, and to serve as a point of contact for young women living with breast cancer. For more information about the Young Survival Coalition, visit www.youngsurvival.org.

To interview Beth Murphy or a member of the Young Survival Coalition, please contact Jeannine Salamone at (703) 924-6244 or Francie Coulter at (650) 341-9335 or e-mail publicrelations@youngsurvival.org.