Lobbying for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness
As we look ahead to 2008, I want to tell you how much I've enjoyed talking with you this year about what's important to NBCC. To those of you who have gotten involved with our advocacy work - thank you. To the rest of you, I hope getting involved with NBCC is on your New Year's resolution list. Here's a look at what lies ahead for us in 2008.
NBCC is planning to continue the advances we have made on all our top priorities.
With the clear support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), The Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act (S.579/H.R.1157) is closer to passage than it has been in years. Next year I want to win that fight once and for all.
We recently scored a major victory with increased funding for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program for fiscal year 2008 - but this is a program we must fight for every year, and getting funding for fiscal year 2009 will be no different. I've written two recent blogs about why that program is so important to breast cancer advocates. Later in the year, I'm sure I'll be writing again about ways you can help us keep this crucial funding.
And our support of wider access to quality health care for all will be front and center on this year's national scene, thanks to the presidential race and to the fact that so many have serious concerns about their ability to obtain high quality health care
Speaking of the 2008 presidential election, it's hard to believe, but the first state to weigh in - Iowa - will hold its caucus on January 3, followed quickly by New Hampshire and a raft of other states. NBCC launched the Breast Cancer Caucus in October to give voters a way of evaluating the candidates' positions on breast cancer. This Web site will continue to be updated during the primaries as well as the general election. We also want to hear from you - what would you do as President to eradicate breast cancer? What is your take on one or the other candidates' positions? Post a response - to my MyBreastCancerNetwork.com blog or to our caucus Web site - I'd love to hear what you have to say!
A final way you can get involved with breast cancer advocacy next year: educate yourself. NBCC offers a unique and exceptional program: Project LEAD®. It provides breast cancer consumers with the tools to participate in a wide range of forums where breast cancer research decisions are made. Since 1995, over 1200 consumers have taken Project LEAD, and the number of courses we offer continues to grow. Next year I want to train even more advocates, adding to our rapidly growing and phenomenally effective grassroots ranks. I hope that one of our 2008 graduates will be you.
The strength of NBCC comes from each of you, our grassroots members, who believe in the importance of evidence-based decision making and science. Science alone will not end breast cancer. You will.
Happy New Year.