This summer, one of our newest advocates, Sherri Stahl, attended NBCC’s six-day advocacy training program, Project LEAD®. Following her training, she sent this email to her network of friends and colleagues. The email is printed in its entirety with her permission.
A few weeks ago I participated in an intense 6-day program called Project LEAD given by the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). Project LEAD is a science training program for breast cancer advocates and I learned about basic science, breast cancer, immunology, epidemiology, research, and many other subjects related to evidence based health care. Yes, you read that correctly, the girl who hasn’t taken a science class since middle school took this program! At Project LEAD I also learned about NBCC, which is a wonderful organization and the purpose of this e-mail. The e-mail is a little long so I’ve included surprises for you to encourage you to read the entire e-mail. Don’t skip ahead (ok, I know some of you (and you know who you are too) will skip so if you have to skip ahead please be sure to sign the Petition found at the link under #2 below)!
First, a little information about NBCC. It is a network of hundreds of breast cancer related organizations along with tens of thousands of individuals all over the world. NBCC is committed to helping scientists obtain the funding they need for meaningful breast cancer research, ensuring that everyone has access to quality, evidence-based health care, and also ensuring that trained, educated advocates have a voice everywhere breast cancer decisions are made. As a result of NBCC’s advocacy, the Department of Defense (yes that is correct, DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) was created and funded in 1992 to eradicate breast cancer by funding innovative, high impact research through a partnership of scientists and advocates.
Now for the first surprise that was an “Ah Ha!” moment for me – One of the first grants given by the BCRP in 1993 was to Dennis Slamon to support his preliminary studies which ultimately resulted in the cancer fighting drug known as Herceptin which targets HER2 positive breast cancer. In 2008 I was diagnosed with HER2 positive breast cancer and treated with chemo and Herceptin. In 2012 I am still here, alive and well and participating in Project LEAD given by NBCC. So, now that I’ve had my Project LEAD training, I will put this in equation format:
NBCC = DOD BRCP = Dennis Slamon = Herceptin = me = NBCC!
How cool is that! So you can see why NBCC is near and dear to me and my family and why I am asking you to do a few things:
1. Check out NBCC’s website at www.BreastCancerDeadline2020.org to learn more about this wonderful organization.
2. When you check out the website you will see that NBCC’s mission is to end breast cancer by designing and acting on effective strategies that involve and call upon the President, Congress, research institutions and health care providers to end breast cancer. In 2010 NBCC started a new campaign: Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, which is a call to action for researchers, policy makers, breast cancer advocates and others to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. This campaign focuses on (a) the cause and prevention of breast cancer metastasis in order to save lives; and (b) primary prevention of breast cancer to stop the disease from developing in the first instance. To assist in this campaign, NBCC would like as many people as possible to sign a petition addressed to the President asking for a public commitment to work with NBCC to end breast cancer by 2020. They want to deliver as many signatures as possible to the President after the election. So please consider signing the petition which can be found at:
I’ve also attached it to this email. Also, please consider sending this information and the petition to your friends and relatives.
3. In addition, NBCC is looking for organizations to support its Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® campaign, not just those focused on breast cancer, but all who care about and understand the importance of this issue. So I am attaching the Organization Endorsement form which can be found at:
There is no financial commitment–just a commitment that the organization become educated about the issues and solutions to end breast cancer by 2020 and communicate to others about it. If you belong to any organizations, please consider having your organization endorse Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® and again, please pass this on to your friends and relatives.
4. Finally, when you are making your annual charitable contributions, please consider adding NBCC to your list and making annual donations to NBCC.
Surprise #2 – check out the picture of me para-gliding during a break at Project LEAD!
If you have any questions or want more information just give me a call. Thanks for taking the time to read this e-mail and supporting NBCC and its mission to end breast cancer by 2020! Love, Sherri
Want to Do More? Donate Now and Support the End of Breast Cancer by January 1, 2020
You can help us accelerate our progress toward a world without breast cancer by making a tax-deductible contribution to NBCC right now.
Whoever is elected President this November must commit to a leadership role in Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.