September 2015
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Support VBCF during The Amazing Raise!

VBCF is again participating in the Amazing Raise, a 36-hour online giving event hosted by The Community Foundation. It’s happening NOW, Wednesday, September 16 through 6pm on Thursday, September 17!

Last year 33 amazing supporters generously donated over $2,400 to VBCF to support our statewide breast cancer education and advocacy services for our fellow Virginians. This year, our goal is to increase the number of givers. You can help us reach our goal by donating NOW!

To make your secure online donation, please visit


Are you looking for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Events in Virginia? Check out our Calendar of Events to find out what’s happening in your area.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month : Help us educate Virginians by requesting FREE educational materials to share with your networks. VBCF offers bilingual English/Spanish Pink Ribbon Education Cards and Breast Health Basics for Women & Men Brochures. Both handouts include information about the state’s Every Woman’s Life program offering low-income, uninsured women ages 40-64 free cancer screenings.

Plan to attend The Survivorship Journey: Embracing Your New Normal on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in Richmond, VA. This FREE conference supports those surviving cancer, currently battling cancer, cancer caregivers with educational, financial, emotional, health and wellness resources. Topics for this year’s conference include: New Treatments for Cancer and Clinical Trials; Nutrition; Survivorship Care Plans; and more. There will also be a special break-out session dedicated to the needs of caregivers. Registration is required. Visit to learn more and register.


VBCF partners with like-minded organizations to work toward the following goals on behalf of Virginians:

  • Support legislation to enable Virginians to receive breast cancer screening and treatment regardless of insurance status or ability to pay
  • Support policies for Virginians in all stages of the breast cancer journey – screening, diagnosis, caregiving, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care
  • Support policies aimed at breast cancer risk reduction
  • Promote research initiatives aimed at understanding and eradicating breast cancer

If you support these goals, please plan to join us for State Lobby Day on February 4, 2016. More details will be available and registration will open by December 7, 2015.

Thank You!

Thank you to the Capital City Ballerz, who hosted an AAU team basketball tournament to benefit VBCF, raising $2,100 to support our work!

Star Wills (left) of Capital City Ballerz presents check to Jennie Southworth, Volunteer and Funds Manager.

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And in a new study of breast cancer patients, researchers show that a relatively new genetic test for evaluating tumors is doing just that. It’s just that the test isn’t necessarily leading to the decisions that experts expected.

Treating Breast Cancer Survivors' Hot Flashes

Needles beat pills for treating hot flashes in breast cancer survivors, according to a new trial that compared acupuncture, "sham" acupuncture, the medication gabapentin and a placebo pill.


Double mastectomy is on the rise in men with breast cancer — and it’s worrying some doctors

Most people assume breast cancer is just a female thing. All those public service posters, fundraising walkathon T-shirts  and stuffed animals marketed to raise awareness of the disease are typically saturated in pink, after all.

But about 1 percent of cases in the United States are actually in men -- and it turns out a growing number of them are choosing to do what Angelina Jolie did and remove both breasts to reduce the risk of any recurrence.


Scientists Work on New 'Liquid Biopsy' for Breast Cancer

British scientists say they've got a promising new blood test that might warn breast cancer patients that they're about to have a relapse.

It's the latest in a line of so-called liquid biopsies, which seek to find tiny tumor cells circulating in the blood long before they take hold somewhere and grow into a fresh tumor.


VBCF is a statewide, state-based not-for-profit organization that receives 95% of its funding from individuals like you. Please learn more about our programs and consider making a gift to support our efforts. You can help us continue to educate and advocate for Virginians at all stages of the breast cancer journey.