The Young Survival Coalition Honored by The Avon Foundations for its Community Advocacy Efforts

October 31, 2003

The Young Survival Coalition Honored by The Avon Foundations for its Community Advocacy Efforts

New York, NY - (October 31, 2003)

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the only international network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the critical concerns and issues unique to young women and breast cancer (www.youngsurvival.org), announced that it was honored by the Avon Foundation as part of its Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer Awards Celebration at Tavern on the Green in New York City on Tuesday, October 14th, 2003. With an international membership of more than 6,000 survivors and supporters, the YSC is being recognized for its tremendous efforts in advocating for younger women with breast cancer.

The YSC provides programs that address the unique concerns of young women and breast cancer such as fertility issues, early menopause, and educating young women about ways to help protect themselves against delays in diagnosis. Unlike their post-menopausal counterparts, young women diagnosed with breast cancer face higher mortality rates, fertility concerns, and the possibility and ramifications of early menopause. The YSC seeks to change the face of breast cancer by influencing the number of studies about young women and breast cancer; empowering young women to be their best health advocates, and being a point of contact for other young women with breast cancer. YSC President Randi Rosenberg accepted the award on behalf of the Young Survival Coalition.

"We are so honored to be recognized by Avon for our advocacy efforts," commented YSC President Randi Rosenberg. "This years marks our Fifth Anniversary and we are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time and with such an active group of volunteers. The YSC has collaborated on three research studies specific to young women and breast cancer; impacted breast cancer legislation on the state and federal levels; hosted educational programs for young women living with breast cancer; spoken at universities, colleges, and health fairs; and is working to create a sense of community for all young women affected by breast cancer. We look forward to continuing our efforts in each of these areas and will work diligently to continue to address the needs of young women touched by breast cancer."

The Avon Foundation's fundraising gala recognized "The Most Powerful Women in Breast Cancer", and was co-hosted by Avon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrea Jung and Avon Foundation President Kathleen Walas. Atlantic recording artist Jewel performed, and tennis star Serena Williams was on hand to receive Avon's Celebrity Role Model Award. Other award winners included Nancy E. Davidson, M.D., Director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Program and Gwen Darien, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of MAMM magazine.

About The Young Survival Coalition

Based in New York, the Young Survival Coalition is the only international network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the critical concerns and issues unique to young women and 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, visit www.youngsurvival.org or call 212.206.6610.