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RVA Volunteer Opportunity

We need YOUR help on Wednesday, July 13 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm! Each year VBCF distributes thousands of pink ribbon education cards to raise awareness and educate Virginians about breast cancer. Last year, VBCF distributed 75,000 pink ribbons education cards statewide in the month of October.

We are excited to launch a new Breast Health Basics brochure this fall. Each brochure will have a pink ribbon attached. We need volunteers to assist us with attaching the pink ribbons to the brochures and bundling them for distribution. The ribbons are already cut and pinned.

This is a great project for an individual or for groups (ages 10 & up). This will be an ongoing project over the summer so if this date does not work for you, please contact us. Our goal is to have assembly completed by the end of August.

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Support the July 2016 Becky’s Place at RAM Education Tent
The Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic at Wise County will be held on July 22-24, 2016. This clinic is the largest RAM held in Virginia and gives thousands of people what is perhaps their only opportunity to go to the doctor or dentist for the entire year. Please consider making a donation in support of “Becky’s Place” to VBCF to help us provide cancer and chronic disease health education in far southwest Virginia.

VBCF On The Road 

June has been a month full of travel for Erin Steigleder, Education Manager. She spoke to a group of cancer associations in South Boston on June 7th and let them know about all the resources VBCF has to offer. On the 18th, she was out in Saluda at the Antioch Baptist Church Health Fair, educating their church community about breast health and breast cancer and debuting VBCF’s new educational brochures. On June 25th, VBCF divided and conquered with two events: Cowgirls for a Cure in Quinton and the Women's Health Fair in Southside Richmond. This past month proves that VBCF is happy to travel anywhere in the state to help educate people. If you belong to a group that is interested in having a speaker or hosting a health fair and want VBCF to be there, contact Erin at erin@vbcf.org or (804) 285-1200 ext. 202.

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Contribute to VBCF’s More than a Pink Ribbon Virtual Quilt 
Help VBCF meet its goal of 6,100 quilt squares - the number of Virginians expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Submit a square in honor of yourself, a family member, friend or colleague and help us commemorate VBCF’s 25 years of service to Virginians!
Summer Advocacy Action 

The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (HR1197) has 270 bi-partisan co-sponsors in the House of Representatives - more support than it has ever had!  This Act would leverage the nation's existing investments in breast cancer to accelerate the progress already made towards ending the disease. It focuses on identifying strategies for the primary prevention of breast cancer and identifying methods to prevent breast cancer metastasis--which is responsible for over 90% of breast cancer deaths. 

But HR 1197 needs to be brought to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote before Congress leaves Washington in July for a recess. You can help by calling Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton today at (202) 225-3761 and asking him to move HR 1197 to a vote.

Read VBCF’s Letter to the Editor - Cancer Bill Needs Full Support of House - from the  June 7, 2016 Richmond Times-Dispatch advocating for the passage of HR 1197.

The US Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (DOD BCRP) funds innovative, high-impact research on breast cancer through a partnership of scientists and consumers. In recognition of the program's demonstrated success, Congress has appropriated funding for it each year since its inception in 1992.  

The program was threatened earlier this month when Senator John McCain added language to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to undermine the DOD BCRP. Thanks in part to timely efforts by VBCF advocates, an amendment successfully passed in the Senate last week to remove the language. We will continue to watch the appropriations bill as it moves forward. 

Thank you to all our VBCF advocates who contacted their Senators and Representatives in support of these critical breast cancer initiatives.  

If you would like to actively support important breast cancer legislation at the state and national level, sign up for VBCF’s Advocacy Alerts. These brief email alerts are sent periodically - when your advocacy is needed the most. The Alerts will keep you up to date with the latest breast cancer legislation and provide the tools and information you need to take action.

2016 Library Grants Available 

VBCF’s annual Library Grants program is now accepting applications for 2016! Through this program, VBCF has provided more than $60,000 to 44 library systems over 9 years, helping to purchase breast health books, e-books, DVDs, and periodicals to update local patron’s shelves. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2016.

Show your VBCF Support this Summer! 

It is officially T-Shirt weather! Don't wait until October to get your Pink Ribbon T-Shirt. Buy now and receive a FREE pink ribbon car magnet.

Thank You to CapCity Ballerz who hosted a two-day basketball tournament in RVA for 3rd - 11th grade boys and girls with 76 teams from the mid-Atlantic states to benefit VBCF!

Calling All Richmond Area Shoppers!

Join us at the Sara Campbell store on June 30th from 5:30pm-7:30pm for a “Girls Night Out” shopping event to benefit VBCF.  Enjoy bites and bubbles and 10% off all purchases, with 10% of all sales going directly to VBCF. Sara Campbell is located at 306 Libbie Avenue, Richmond VA 23226.  

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

Great summer webinars hosted by national organizations are coming up, including: June 29th at 6:30pm and June 30th at 3pm - Breast Cancer Action webinar about lymphedema and what you can do to ensure treatment is available to all women in need.

July 14th at 8:30pm - Living Beyond Breast Cancer webstream on Love, Sex and Relationships: Body Acceptance After Diagnosis.

July 20th at 1:30pm - CancerCare webinar on Triple Negative Breast Cancer and African American Women.

For more information on these and other upcoming webinars and other events, please visit VBCF’s Calendar of Events.

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