Young Survival Coalition a Winner of the 2007 National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund's Best Practices

November 28, 2007

Young Survival Coalition a Winner of the 2007 National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund's Best Practices in Advocacy Awards

New York, New York - (November 28, 2007)

Young Survival Coalition a Winner of the 2007 National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund's Best Practices in Advocacy Awards

The National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NBCCF) has selected the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) as one of four winners of the 2007 Best Practices in Breast Cancer Advocacy Awards. The Young Survival Coalition is being recognized with a $50,000 award for its Young Women's Breast Cancer Registry program, a data source aimed at furthering research studies and addressing causal factors of breast cancer in women younger than 40 years of age.

"NBCCF chose the Young Survival Coalition as a 2007 Best Practices winner for its young Women's Breast Cancer Registry program because rather than impacting breast cancer one Survival at a time, this program focuses on change that affects the larger research and system," said Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund. NBCCF firmly believes that in order to eradicate breast cancer, incremental change is not enough: we must fundamentally change the systems of research and health care.Young Survival Coalition has successfully brought meaningful change to the world of breast cancer and exemplifies advocacy in action – and has moved beyond raising awareness to important and impactful action."

We are thrilled to have the support of NBCCF which will allow the YSC to further the influence of research being conducted on young women diagnosed with breast cancer. It is our hope that if we can provide researchers with vital information on young women diagnosed with breast cancer perhaps this information can be used to unlock the keys as to why all women are diagnosed with breast cancer," added Michele Przypyszny, CEO of the Young Survival Coalition.

In addition to the Young Survival Coalition, the other three recipients of the 2007 Best Practices Awards are: SHARE, New York, N.Y.; Nueva Vida, Washington, D.C; and The Catherine Peachey Fund, New York, N.Y.

The Best Practices in Advocacy awards are made possible by a generous grant from the Breast Cancer Fund of the National Philanthropic Trust.

The National Breast Cancer Coalition is a grassroots membership organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through the power of action and advocacy. Along with its research and education arm the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, the Coalition's main goals are to increase federal funding for breast cancer research; improve access to high-quality health care and breast cancer clinical trials for all women; and expand the influence of breast cancer advocates wherever breast cancer decisions are made. For more information, visit www.stopbreastcancer.org.

The Young Survival Coalition was founded in 1998 by three women diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 35 who were discouraged by the lack of information available to young women diagnosed with the disease. With 23,000 constituents, 11 full-time staff people, and 15 volunteer groups nationwide, the YSC works to change the face of breast cancer by advocating for more research on young women and breast cancer and providing this underserved population with vital programs and services dedicated to their needs so as to increase their quality and quantity of life and to decrease the sense of isolation they feel. For more information, visit www.youngsurvival.org.