YSC Board Member Jen Levinson Honored at NBCC Gala and Launch of the Virginia Clinton Kelley Fund

December 5, 2005

YSC Board Member Jen Levinson Honored at NBCC Gala and Launch of the Virginia Clinton Kelley Fund

New York, New York - (December 5, 2005)

On November 3rd, Jen Levinson, member of the Board of Directors of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and Board Secretary, was one of two patient advocates and breast cancer survivors honored at the National Breast Cancer Coalition's Annual New York Gala where former President Bill Clinton launched the Virginia Clinton Kelley Fund in honor of his mother.

The Virginia Clinton Kelley Fund pays tribute to a woman whose life exemplified the vision and strength to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to achieve her goals, and who embodied the grassroots spirit of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC.)

One of two advocates honored at the gala for their dedication and commitment to legislative advocacy on a local and national level, Jen's activism involves not just the YSC and NBCC, but the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition, where she sits on the Board of Directors.
After being diagnosed initially at age 34, Jen became active in the YSC as a Board Member, Chair of the Research and Advocacy committee, and has helped the YSC sponsor close to 50 young survivors each year at the annual NBCCF conference. Jen is an NBCC Project LEAD® graduate, and continues to lead activists to Capitol Hill to lobby for breast cancer research funding.

The Virginia Clinton Kelley Fund will support NBCCF programs, which educate and train breast cancer survivors to influence research and public policy, foster innovation in research and health care, and expand access to quality care. This fund will also support collaborations among women with breast cancer, researchers and health care stakeholders.

Virginia Clinton Kelley lost her personal struggle with breast cancer. In her honor, this fund will result in bold strategies and creative approaches to achieve NBCCF's goal of eradicating breast cancer - another seemingly insurmountable challenge.

The YSC is grateful for Jen's support, as are the countless young women nationwide who are affected by breast cancer and who benefit from her passion and commitment. Please join us in congratulating Jen on this award.

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.

Founded in 1999 by three women under the age of 35 with breast cancer, the YSC today has more than 10,000 members consisting of survivors, supporters, and members of the medical community.