VBCF hosted the 2017 State Breast Cancer Advocacy Day on February 1st at the General Assembly. Thank you to VBCF breast cancer survivors, loved ones, and advocates from across the Commonwealth and the 30+ legislators who attended our reception and met with constituents in their offices. A special thanks to Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel, MD for speaking to our advocates about current health policies in Virginia. View Photo Album.
VBCF has been monitoring numerous bills during the session that address access to medication, palliative care resources, medical marijuana, and environmental issues. Today, February 7th, is “crossover,” the halfway point of this General Assembly session where each chamber must complete work on its own bills and begin considering legislation passed by the other body. VBCF will report on the outcome of relevant legislation at the conclusion of the session so please stay tuned.
Save the Date!
Please join VBCF on April 20th from 6-8pm for an educational event hosted by our Education & Events Committee, in partnership with Pathways in Petersburg. The evening will include general breast cancer education and information on local resources. Speaker information and more details to follow.
Please check out the upcoming webinars featured on our Calendar of Events, including updates on metastatic breast cancer research at last year’s San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium by CancerCare, and webinars on managing menopausal symptoms by the Young & Strong program and NBCC’s The Promise of a Blood Test for Early Stage Breast Cancer.
VBCF commemorated 25 years of service to Virginians in 2016 and has been able to expand breast health education across the state and strengthen our advocacy for Virginians affected by breast cancer with your support.
We had a great visit from the team of partners who made the $10,000 matching contribution to VBCF from Tito’s Handmade Vodka a 2016 reality. This generous donation was made in memory of Donna Kovalcheck, wife of Breakthru Beverage Virginia VP of Distilled Spirits Bob Kovalcheck, who lost her battle with breast cancer.
(Left to Right): VBCF Executive Director Katy Sawyer, VBCF Board President Susan Siegel, Breakthru Beverage Virginia VP of Distilled Spirits Bob Kovalcheck, VA ABC Marketing & Merchandising Analyst Heather McDonough, Tito’s Handmade Vodka State Manager Joseph Ligon and Breakthru Beverage VA Division Sales Manager Ralph Patteson.