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!