National Breast Cancer Coalition

Call To Action Online April 2019

2019 Advocate Leadership Summit—It’s FINALLY Here!

The annual Summit is here but it’s NOT too late to register! Join fellow advocate leaders from across the country to learn from leading scientists, reinvigorate your advocacy, network with other passionate breast cancer advocates, and lobby with us on Tuesday April 30th to End Breast Cancer!

2019 Summit at a Glance

Project LEAD Special Topic Session:

  • Awakening Dormant Cells (Mikala Egeblad, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

Plenary Sessions:

  • President’s Plenary (Fran Visco)

  • The Breast Cancer Treatment Landscape – What’s on the Horizon? (Stephanie Goff, MD; Sasha Stanton, MD, PhD; Nicholas McAndrew, MD; Joy Simha)

  • Conflicts of Interest and their Impact on Progress Toward Ending Breast Cancer (Matthew McCoy, PhD; Aaron P. Mitchell, MD, MPH; Judi Hirshfield-Bartek)

  • Ten Years into the ARTEMIS Project® – What Have We Accomplished and Where Do We Go Next? (Keith Knutson, PhD; Cyrus Ghajar, PhD; Alana Welm, PhD; Pat Haugen)

  • Advocates in Science – Advocacy Organizations Leading the Charge (Mark Harrington; Norman Sherzer; Elizabeth Frank)

  • Political Plenary: The Politics of Healthcare (Christine Carpenter; Chris Jennings; Jill Normington; Jamila Taylor)

Seminars and Workshops:

  • Disparities in Breast Cancer (Otis W. Brawley, MD)

  • Value and Transparency in Cancer Drug Development (Aaron N. Winn, PhD)

  • Clinical Trial Design and Outcomes­ (Lynne Howie, MD; Carol Matyka)

  • Informed Consent in Clinical Research­ (Andrea Denicoff, MS, RN; Pat Haugen)

  • Metastatic Breast Cancer and the Tumor Microenvironment (Cyrus Ghajar, PhD)

  • Vaccines for Breast Cancer – Understanding the Science (H. Kim Lyerly, MD)

  • Reading Beyond the Hype In News Media (Gary Schwitzer)

  • Grassroots Advocacy – Building, Engaging, and Mobilizing Your Network (Kristin Teig Torres & Lori Seawel; Laurel Bezanson & Bethany Zell)

Other Special Events:

  • Armchair discussions and speaker meet-ups with leading public policy figures and researchers

  • Bowling: Women with Balls: Strike Breast Cancer

  • State delegation meetings and Lobby Day

Register today!

Visit our website to view the full agenda.

If you are unable to attend the Summit, follow @Deadline2020 on social media to follow what is happening.

Women with Balls: Strike Breast Cancer Fundraising Event

Have fun and help end breast cancer at the 2019 Advocate Leadership Summit Annual Women with Balls® Bowling Challenge!

Entry Fee & Participation:
Bowler: Show us what you got! Raise or donate a minimum of $500. All you can bowl, eat, drink and a chance to win exciting prizes.

Cheerleader: Not a bowler but want to join the fun and cheer for your friends? Not a problem! Raise or donate a minimum of $250. We'll spare you the bowling. Eat, drink, and compete for Best Cheerleader prize.

Women with Balls® T-shirts are provided to all participants.

When: Monday, April 29, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Lucky Strike at Gallery Place, 701 7th St., NW, 202.347.1021

Raise funds through a Deadline Champion fundraising page and you will be on a roll!

Space is limited so sign up today! RSVP to Sharnita Goins at or by phone at 202.973.0569.

Can’t be in DC to bowl? Support our NY bowling fundraiser described below.

2019 Lobby Day

NBCC's Annual Lobby Day will be held on April 30. Hundreds of NBCC advocates will storm Capitol Hill to meet with Senate and House members and staff to advance NBCC's 2019 legislative and public policy agenda. Advocates representing nearly every state will spend an entire day on Capitol Hill conducting and participating in hundreds of meetings.

If you are not able to join us for Lobby Day, you can participate from home. Follow NBCC on social media and retweet or share our posts on Twitter and Facebook. The 2019 Lobby Day social media guide provides sample text and posts that you can use to be active from home.

PCORI Award Announcement

NBCC has been awarded a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award to expand the capacity of our virtual training programs. Over the next two years, NBCC will develop quarterly webinars and online courses on topics including, fundamental methods of patient centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER); clinical trials design and methodology overview, ethical issues and informed consent among other related topics.

All courses developed for this project will be available for Project LEADS grads on NBCC’s online Center for Advocacy Training, and via a new online learning hub with exciting interactive capabilities to enhance advocate learning.

If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to the Project Lead, Michelle Tregear, Director of Education and Training (

2019 Project LEAD® Institute

The Project LEAD Institute, will be held this year on July 14 – 19 in La Jolla, CA. NBCC staff continue to review applications and will be making final announcements about enrollment in May 2019.

For more information on the Project LEAD Institute and how to apply, visit our website.

For questions? Please email

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 Join NBCC for Women with Balls® event in NYC!

NYC Women with Balls® bowling fundraiser will be held at the Bowlmor Lanes Times Square on May 7, 2019.  This is a great event that brings together like-minded, compassionate and energetic women and men to raise money, bowl and have fun – all for a really wonderful cause.  enjoy food, drinks and prizes.

There are three ways you can participate:
1. Teams of 8 bowlers raise a minimum of $3,600 to play and will receive a private lane. 
2. Teams of 4 bowlers must raise a minimum of $1,800 to play.
3. Individuals who raise a minimum of $450 will be paired with a team.

Interested in being a 2019 Women with Balls® Event Sponsor?
Download information to learn more!

For more information and to register your team, go to: . If you are unable to attend and wish to donate, contact Sharnita Goins at 202-973-0569 or


 Making an Impact Together

Through the generosity of our supporters, the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) is able to invest in our mission to end breast cancer. Below are easy ways you can make a direct impact on our work toward that mission.

Become a member of NBCC’s President’s Council!  A gift of $1,000 or more entitles you to membership in this group with special benefits. Members receive regular communications directly from NBCC’s President, Fran Visco, on current breast cancer issues, recognition in publications, and invitations to special webinars and events.

Recurring, automatic donations allow NBCC to plan strategic public policy initiatives and innovative research projects through the year. Direct transfers and credit card charges are both accepted.

Workplace Giving is an easy way to support NBCC. Donating at work through payroll deductions is simple and there are many convenient ways to contribute. 

Check with your employer to see if they’ll match your contribution to NBCC.  More than 7,500 U.S. corporations match gifts made by employees. By taking advantage of a company's matching gift program, you can generate an additional gift that may double or triple your own contribution.

When you support NBCC, you ensure the National Breast Cancer Coalition continues to bring experts and visionaries together to reframe and focus the approach to science and research to end breast cancer and save lives.

For more information or to pledge your support, visit or contact Judy Taylor, Chief Advancement Officer, or 202.973.0594.