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Thank you to our Donors!    2016 |  2015  
A big thank you to Janise Bey, Katie Brophy, Emily Dai, Kendall Davids, Paula Dickerson, Cannon Diradour, Joyce Easter, Lily Ernsberger, Haley Felton, Barbara Geisler, Taylor Gray, Doris Hall, Christopher Hamilton, Sandra Hamilton, Beth Hardy, Jessica Ramirez, Gay Rudis, Kayla Sawyer, LisaRae Walker and Rory Weinfurther for volunteering with us this summer to assemble our new pink ribbon brochures!

If you are in the Richmond area, and would like to help, sign up now.

Order FREE Educational Materials NOW for the Fall

Fall is fast approaching, and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is October! VBCF has new Breast Health Basics brochures which now include pink ribbons pins. And we still have limited numbers of our bilingual English/Spanish pink ribbon cards. Fans and pens are also available, but we are asking for a nominal fee to help cover shipping and handling costs, or you can pick them up free from our Richmond office. Order your breast cancer awareness materials today and help us spread the word!

Participate in the National Metastatic Breast Cancer Collateral Damage Project

People living with breast cancer – especially those with metastatic disease – need and deserve a better quality of life. Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is asking for your help with a questionnaire that is part of its Metastatic Breast Cancer Collateral Damage Project. If you have metastatic breast cancer, devote 30 to 45 minutes to completing a Health of Women (HOW) Study™ questionnaire to make a difference for people living with metastatic disease. 

Library Grants Awarded

Four library systems across the state - Eastern Shore Public Library, Massanutten Regional Library, Portsmouth Public Library, and Suffolk Public Library - will receive $100 per branch, totaling $1,800 to update breast health education materials for their patrons in 2016. Congratulations!

VBCF On The Road 

On July 22-23, VBCF’s Education Manager, Erin Steigleder, joined several volunteers to host Becky’s Place at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic in Wise, VA. At Becky’s Place, volunteers with VBCF and the VCU School of Pharmacy educated patients on breast, cervical, ovarian, and male cancers, as well as tobacco cessation and diabetes. Our volunteers do an exceptional job and have turned Becky’s Place into a true staple of RAM Wise. Over the weekend, the providers at RAM served over 2,000 patients from Virginia and nearby (and not so nearby) states and provided over $1.2 million dollars in free medical and dental services. Our total attendance for our 24 classes was nearly 550 patients. VBCF will be providing breast health education at two more fall RAM VA events this year in Lee and Grundy.

Interested in a fall speaker?

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.

Nominate a Virginia Provider for the 2016 Kohlenberg Healthcare Service Award

VBCF’s Sharon H. Kohlenberg Healthcare Service Award recognizes an individual or team practicing in Virginia in the healthcare service field who exhibits a deep and abiding commitment to the fight against breast cancer. Honoring the memory of Sherry Kohlenberg, a healthcare administrator and founder of VBCF, the award is extended annually to a practitioner or team who goes above and beyond the normal ex pectations of their job. The deadline for nominations is Monday, September 12, 2016.
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Summer Advocacy Action Updates

Congress left Washington for summer recess without bringing the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (HR1197) to the House floor for a vote. While this is disappointing, advocates are not giving up and are re-grouping to push for the bill’s passage in September. HR1197 is stalled in the Energy and Commerce Committee.  Its Chair, Congressman Fred Upton, can move the bill to the floor. You can help by calling Representative Upton’s district offices (269-385-0039 or 269-982-1986) with this message:

“Chairman Upton, you have the authority and ability to move HR 1197, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, through the Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill has over 270 cosponsors that include 63% of the E&C Committee. I urge you to markup HR 1197 and move it to the floor so it can get the vote it deserves.”

At the state level, VBCF staff and advocates are meeting with several Virginia state senators and delegates this summer.  The purpose of these visits is to build personal connections, share the resources VBCF offers, and discuss potential legislation for the next General Assembly session related to breast cancer.  

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.

VBCF's Pink Ribbon License Plates are available now at your local DMV!

Photos by: Jennifer Lusk
 Photos by: Jennifer Lusk

Thank You!

Cowgirls for a Cure was held on June 25 in in Quinton, VA. This all-girl rodeo featured goat tying, barrel racing, and team roping, with all proceeds to benefit VBCF. Thank you to Brandy Slaughter her team for putting on such a great event!

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