NBCC’s Annual Advocate Summit: “A Personal and Professional Highlight”

By Judi Bartek

It’s been my privilege to be a board member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) almost since it’s beginning in 1991.  For the past 20 years attending the NBCC Annual Advocate Summit (formerly the NBCC Annual Advocacy Training Conference) has been both a personal and professional highlight of my year.

Every year—this year included—as the weeks leading up to the event approached, I would become so excited! Anticipating three enriched days of learning so much more than I would attending any of the scientific and oncology nursing conferences that I go to throughout the year; then visiting Capitol Hill and advocating for our yearly legislative priorities has always been an exciting way to show the significant impact of well-educated and informed consumers in bringing about change.

In about a week, I’ll leave for the 2012 NBCC Annual Advocate Summit. I am really excited about this year’s Summit. I can’t wait for the opening-kick off rally on Saturday. What a great way to share ideas about how our grassroots are changing the conversation about breast cancer across the globe!

If the past is an indicator of the future, the plenary sessions sure to be so informative as we all hear the research updates from our Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® Summits held during this past year.  The workshops will help inform us about what role each one of us plays in sharing the many important messages when we get back to our local communities.

We have so much great work to do together to make breast cancer a national priority and achieve Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.

At NBCC, we have always approached ending breast cancer from many different perspectives—drilling down, doing our homework and developing well-developed plans.  These past 20 years sure have taught me a lot!

In fact, as a breast oncology nurse for more than 35 years, I truly believe it is the work of the NBCC that will bring about the changes needed to truly end breast cancer. This is why I keep coming back!

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One Response to NBCC’s Annual Advocate Summit: “A Personal and Professional Highlight”

  1. Sherry Goldman says:

    I have been a member of NBCC and on the Board of Directors for many years now and it never ceases to amaze me how the NBCC yearly summit infuses me with energy and excitement to achieve the goals we make for ourselves. This year Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 was the major focus of the summit and to see and feel the electricity in the rooms was inspiring. I have been in the field of breast cancer as a Nurse Practitioner for nearly 20 years and this is the first time that I honestly feel people are really hearing our message. The scientists are listening and gearing their thinking toward prevention and metastasis. Each of us has a job to do and whatever that is, it is significant in attaining the goal to end breast cancer. In order to achieve making breast cancer a national priority we must get the petitions out and meet others head on to sign. Who doesnt want to end breast cancer? That is my mantra when I approach people to sign the petition that we will take to Washington. Very few people have refused to sign, it is a matter of taking them where ever you go. Getting the message out to our communities is crucial and posting the goal on our social networks can only help our cause. Keeping the focus day after day is hard work but we MUST do it to reach our goal. I, too, keep coming back to NBCC as this is the one organization that tells the truth and knows how to get facts to the public. Stay tuned and continue to “change the conversation”. !