Young Breast Cancer Advocates Head To Washington For National Conference On Breast Cancer Research And Public Policy

April 29, 2003

Young Breast Cancer Advocates Head To Washington For National Conference On Breast Cancer Research And Public Policy

WASHINGTON, DC - (April 29, 2003)

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the only international non-profit organization dedicated to the critical concerns and issues unique to young women and breast cancer, today announced that more than 38 of its members from 19 states and the District of Columbia will be traveling to Washington D.C. to join breast cancer advocates to discuss public policy with Federal legislators.

Following three days of extensive advocacy training, members of the Young Survival Coalition will join hundreds of breast cancer survivors and activists from around the world to discuss legislative issues relating to breast cancer research and policy with their elected representatives on Capitol Hill. Important goals include encouraging members of Congress to provide more research dollars for breast cancer and to make quality breast health care available for all women.

The Annual Lobby Day is a part of the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund's (NBCCF) Advocacy Training Conference held each year in Washington, DC where advocates are provided with the necessary training tools to build and strengthen their political advocacy skills. The theme of this year's conference is, "Stop Breast Cancer. It's in Our Power." Participants will explore emerging issues in public policy and medical practice, learn about the latest in breast cancer research and science and sharpen their advocacy abilities. Leading experts from scientific and research fields will discuss new and often controversial issues in the struggle to diagnose, treat, cure - and ultimately prevent - breast cancer.

"We are very excited to participate, for the fifth year in a row, in NBCCF's Annual Advocacy Training Conference," commented Randi Rosenberg, President of the Young Survival Coalition. "The Young Survival Coalition will be giving a voice to the approximately 250,000 U.S. women diagnosed at age 40 and under currently living with breast cancer as we urge legislators to continue to aggressively fund breast cancer research and education. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with others in the community and also make our voices heard on Capitol Hill," added Rosenberg.

The conference will also feature nationally and internationally recognized experts who will answer some of the most important breast cancer questions of the decade including whether scientists are asking the right questions about breast cancer, and what activists can do to help shape the story. For a complete list of speakers and a conference brochure, please visit NBCCF's web site at www.stopbreastcancer.org.

The conference takes place from Saturday, May 3rd through Tuesday, May 6th at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Washington DC. For more details and to register, please visit NBCCF's website.

The National Breast Cancer Coalition is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through the power of action and advocacy. NBCC has more than 600 member organizations and 70,000 members across the country.

Through action, advocacy and awareness, The Young Survival Coalition (www.youngsurvival.org) 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, contact Jeannine Salamone at (703) 924-6244 or Michele Przypyszny at (212) 206-6610 or visit www.youngsurvival.org.