National Breast Cancer Coalition

Call To Action Online May 2019

2019 Advocate Leadership Summit & Lobby Day

On April 27 April 29, 130 amazing advocate leaders came together at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA for the NBCC 2019 Advocate Leadership Summit. Participants embraced This year’s summit theme, to BE BOLD LEADERS, with advocates leading the charge in research and public policy.

The preconference program began with a Project LEAD® Workshop: “Awakening Dormant Tumor Cells.” Thought provoking plenary sessions followed on conflicts of interest in breast cancer, the progress of the ARTEMIS Project, the role of advocates in science, and the politics of health care. There were 8 skill-building workshops on varied topics such as disparities in breast cancer, informed consent in clinical research, clinical trial design, and the value of transparency in cancer drug development. Selected plenary sessions and workshops will soon be available to view on the NBCC website.

The Summit also provided attendees with the opportunity to forge connections with other advocates from across the country, learn from one another and brainstorm best practices for effective breast cancer advocacy. They were also able to connect directly with the expert speakers during the Advocate-Speaker Meet Ups. These sessions provide a unique opportunity to have discussions and ask questions to the speakers in a smaller, more casual setting.

2019 Lobby Day

NBCC's Annual Lobby Day once again was a great success! On April 30, nearly 200 NBCC advocates went to 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 spent an entire day on Capitol Hill in more than 200 meetings thanking Members for supporting our #1 legislative priority: $150 Million for the Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) for FY2020 and asking them to cosponsor our #2 legislative priority, Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act.