March is Women's History Month!
[In honor of Women's History Month, we are kicking off a story series introducing you to the women that started VBCF.]

It all began while watching the Today Show from a hospital bed. It is 1991, Patti Goodall is a 38-year-old mother with 3 and 5-year-old children at home. She has been admitted to the hospital for complications from her first chemo session.

To pass the time, she is flipping through the TV channels and lands on the Today Show. Someone talking about breast cancer catches her attention. Elenore Pred, co-founder of Breast Cancer Action is on television.

Pred had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1981. She had a recurrence in 1988 and was angry that in all those years, there had not been any progress in how the disease was being treated. She was also angry at the increasing number of young women being diagnosed with and dying from breast cancer. She was planning a protest rally for Mother’s Day in San Francisco, CA. After Patti got home from the hospital, she called information, got Pred’s number, and gave her a call.
Calling all young artists!
Do you have a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin or other mother-like figure in your life who is experiencing or has experienced breast cancer? Have they inspired you with their courage and strength during their breast cancer journey?

We invite kids ages 5-18 to submit original artwork that expresses their love and admiration for a special Mom impacted by breast cancer. The winning artwork will be featured on special “Mother’s Day” notecards to be published in April. Artwork will also be featured on VBCF’s website and used on printed materials.
Be Bold. Take Action!
Join advocates from across the nation to amplify your voice on Capitol Hill during National Breast Cancer Lobby Day on May 1st ! No experience is necessary. VBCF provides orientation and transportation.

Advocating for better public policies related to breast cancer requires persistence. Our Congressional delegation needs to hear from breast cancer advocates throughout the year so that they keep our issues on the front burner.
Thanks again to our volunteer advocates who made their voices heard in 2017 and 2018 in support of medical cannabis! Both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate unanimously passed bills that will let doctors recommend the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil for the treatment of any diagnosed condition or disease. Governor Northam is supportive and is expected to sign the bills into law.
Mini-grants for breast health education offered!
Applications for grants of up to $2,000 to non-profit organizations outside the metro Richmond/Tri-Cities area are available to provide breast cancer health education for Virginians. Since 2013, almost 40,000 people have been educated.
Help Out in a Student Research Project
A Regent University Psychology PhD student reached out to us to find people to help with her research survey. From the student: “ This research will provide insight to help support interventions and coping strategies for breast cancer patients and survivors.   I am passionate about this research as my mother was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer over three years ago. This survey can be completed in about 10 minutes. As a token of appreciation for each participant's time, a $5 donation will be made to VBCF upon completion of the survey." The survey should take about 10 minutes of your time.
New Clinical Trials Matching Service
VBCF has recently become aware of a new service that works with cancer patients to manage their electronic medical records, including tumor and DNA samples, with the aim of facilitating more efficient medical care. The service can also help coordinate second opinions and enrollment in clinical trials for additional fees. The service will collect your medical records for you, digitize them, and keep them in one place so they are easy to send out for future medical needs. The program is still in beta testing, but VBCF members have an opportunity to get in the program early. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Erin Steigleder, Education Manager, at .
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