National Breast Cancer Coalition

Call to Action Online - March 2012

Artemis Project® Second Annual Meeting Convenes

The second annual meeting of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) Artemis Project® convened in California the first weekend in March. Advocates and researchers from institutions including Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, City of Hope Beckman Research Institute, the Mayo Clinic, University of Pennsylvania, the Whitehead Institute and several others, came together for three days to collaborate on the challenges and opportunities related to the development of a breast cancer preventive vaccine.

In her most recent column on the Huffington Post, NBCC President Fran Visco shared her insights about the meeting and how the Artemis Project® preventive vaccine work is not simply about facilitating work in progress, but about actually creating the infrastructure for collaboration around development of the vaccine and moving new research forward.

"The Artemis Project® is not about developing better tools to identify the disease or creating better ways to manage it. It is not about taking the first possible vaccine target and accelerating it forward. It is about taking an unbiased look at what we do know and what we need to know to create the safest vaccine that actually works to prevent breast cancer in women. It is about harnessing what is already known and building upon that knowledge to develop and implement our strategic plan to achieve Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®," said Fran.

She emphasized that the Artemis Project® is just one area of focus for Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, reminding readers that NBCC is working on several other overarching issues in both primary prevention and preventing metastasis.

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Support the Advocate Summit Scholarship Fund

Breast cancer advocates from around the country—and across the globe—gather each year in Washington, DC for the NBCC Annual Advocate Summit, to demonstrate their support for Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. This year’s Summit (formerly the Annual Advocacy Training Conference) and Lobby Day is being held May 5-8.

Many advocates who wish to attend the NBCC Annual Advocate Summit are able to participate only through the assistance they receive from NBCC’s scholarship funds. Won’t you help support this important scholarship fund?

Supporting the Advocate Scholarship Fund is an excellent way to support Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. This important fund will help advocates get the training they need to prepare them to work effectively as breast cancer activists toward our goal to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. And yes, there is still time to donate.

Advocates who receive funding to attend the NBCC Annual Advocate Summit will learn what kind of progress is being made toward primary prevention including developing a preventive vaccine; what’s happening in the world of prevention of metastasis; and how they can make the biggest impact locally for Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.

Donate today to the Advocate Summit Scholarship Fund.

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Contact your Representative today
to tell them to sign the Dear Colleague Letter
in support of the Department of Defense peer-reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program.

Learn More Now!

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Send a Breast Cancer Advocate to the NBCC Annual Advocate Summit!

Yes! I want to support the Advocate Summit Scholarship Fund and help end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.