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Contribute to VBCF’s More than a Pink Ribbon Virtual Quilt

Many beautiful tributes have already been created through the “More than a Pink Ribbon” virtual quilt which highlights the names and faces in the fight against breast cancer. Cynthia Burkhardt, a 25 year breast cancer survivor, submitted a powerful picture of herself on the 1991 cover of Style Weekly.  Her dedication reads: “My three kids attended a Lobby Day when younger. VBCF empowered me in those first 5 years post Stage 4. I thank all members who continue to empower others in the fight to eradicate this Cancer. Blessings to all who are battling now.”

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 and help us commemorate VBCF’s 25 years of service to Virginians!

Support the July 2016 Becky’s Place at RAM Education Tent
Volunteers from the Blue Ridge chapter attended the Smyth County Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic on April 30th and educated volunteers and patients on breast health and breast cancer. The 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.
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. For more information and to apply please visit www.vbcf.org/library-program.

2016 Mini-Grants Awarded
VBCF approved five organizations for a total of $3,885 to support local breast health education projects that will serve approximately 8,100 Virginians. VBCF is proud to continue to fund Richmond Guardian Angels and Reach Out for Life, and excited for new relationships with Hadassah Richmond, Central Virginia Health Services, and a coalition across Southern Virginia that is planning an educational conference. Stay tuned to hear what our grantees accomplish this year!
2016 Karin Noss Advocacy Scholarship Awarded

Eunice Fenwick is the 2016-18 recipient of the Karin Noss Advocacy Scholarship. Ms. Fenwick is a 19 year breast cancer survivor, current VBCF Board member, and past president of the Peninsula volunteer chapter.  She is a trained hospice volunteer and also volunteers weekly for the Lackey Free Medical Clinic as a medical assistant. Ms. Fenwick has participated as a team leader for VBCF state and national advocacy days and is looking forward to gaining a more in-depth knowledge of breast cancer research, funding and treatment availability. Congratulations Eunice!

National Advocacy Day

Three VBCF advocates attended National Advocacy Day on May 3rd organized by the National Breast Cancer Coalition in support of Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (S746/HR1197), a national call to focus efforts on knowing how to end the disease by the end of this decade. Thanks to the following members of Virginia’s U.S. legislative delegation for signing on as co-sponsors: U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner;  and Representatives Robert Wittman (R-1st), Scott Rigell (R-2nd), Bobby Scott (D-3rd), Randy Forbes (R-4th), Don Beyer (D-8th), Morgan Griffith(R-9th), Barbara Comstock (R-10th), and Gerald Connolly (D-11th). 

VBCF encourages the remaining members of Virginia’s delegation: Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-6), and Rep. David Brat (R-7th) to sign on in support this important legislation. Click here to email your Representative asking him to sign on as a cosponsor today.  

Lend Your Voice to the Cancer Moonshot

As part of his final State of the Union speech in January, President Barack Obama tasked Vice President Joe Biden with spearheading a cancer “moonshot” to eliminate cancer as we know it. Since then, Biden has been building his team and giving speeches on the importance of improved therapies, and increased communication in the research community, and with the goal of ending cancer. The project is asking for anyone affected by cancer to share their stories and any ideas they have about cancer research or the moonshot in general. Please participate - you never know how it might help!

Participate in Crowd-Sourced Genome Sequencing  

DNA Land is a new non-profit launched by Columbia University and the NY Genome Center in partnership with the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) to better understand the genetic risks of breast cancer. The site allows people to share their DNA sequencing to learn more about their genome while enabling scientists to make new genetic discoveries. Check it out!

Thank you to our Supporters!

VBCF Peninsula Chapter Luncheon

VBCF’s volunteer Peninsula Chapter hosted the 23rd annual “In the Pink” Luncheon and Fashion Show on April 9th to benefit VBCF. In addition to the fashion show, attendees enjoyed a silent auction and quilt raffle. Thank you to all the Peninsula Chapter volunteers who made this event so successful!

7th Annual Aces for Awareness

Held on May 6th at the Country Club of Virginia, this year’s sold out event netted an Aces record of more than $50,000 in support of VBCF’s programs! A heartfelt thank you to our generous sponsors and wonderful co-chairs Candace Haske and Wendy Blankenship and their volunteer team for their hard work to make this day a success.

Quality Grounds: Pushing for A Cure Campaign

Thank you to Mike Parker from Quality Grounds, LLC who donated a portion of their snow plow revenue from this winter through their "Pushing for A Cure" campaign. VBCF staff was treated to a special visit from Mike and his best canine friend Dolly!  Adorable Dolly rides on work trucks and plows with Mike and made a lot of new friends at the VBCF office!  

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