National Breast Cancer Coalition

For Immediate Release:

President Clinton Joins Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®

as the Honorary Chair of NBCC’s Global Campaign

Washington, DC, November 13, 2012—The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) today announced that President Bill Clinton will serve as the Honorary Chair of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®—the Coalition’s strategic plan of action to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.

"It’s time to give breast cancer a deadline," said President Clinton. "That’s why I applaud the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s ambitious campaign to end breast cancer by 2020. The stakes are too high, the losses have been too great to let another decade go by without ending breast cancer."

"As we convene and coordinate stakeholders from around the world to focus on a deadline and plan of action to end breast cancer, President Clinton’s understanding of the issues and  extraordinary ability to bring people together to work toward a common vision will be vital to our success," said Fran Visco, President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®—the end of breast cancer by January 1, 2020—is backed by a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals. NBCC is creating a paradigm shift in the breast cancer world that is changing the conversation and refocusing resources and efforts to the areas that will end breast cancer:

  1. Primary Prevention: How do we stop people from getting breast cancer in the first place?
  2. The Causes & Prevention of Metastasis: How do we stop people from dying of breast cancer?

NBCC has four strategies to achieve its goal:

  • Targeted research, including new research strategies and research collaborations
  • A public policy approach, including federal legislation
  • Grassroots advocacy and education of a large corps of activists to engage their communities
  • Communications and media outreach to change the conversation to ending breast cancer by 2020

President Clinton has a long history of collaboration with NBCC. His commitment to NBCC's mission to end breast cancer began with his administration and continues to the present time.

Backed by 2.6 million signatures, NBCC urged the Clinton Administration in 1993 to create a National Action Plan on Breast Cancer, an innovative collaboration of government, science, private industry and consumers. President Clinton established the group and asked Fran Visco, President of NBCC, to co-chair the Plan's implementation.

President Clinton later worked with NBCC on the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program and key legislation such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act, which have had enormous impact in breast cancer research and in women's lives.

In 2005, President Clinton and NBCC launched the Virginia Clinton Kelley Fund to honor the memory of President Clinton's mother. The Virginia Clinton Kelley Fund pays tribute to a woman whose life exemplified the vision and strength to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to achieve her goals, and who embodied the grassroots spirit of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. The Fund supports NBCC's educational programs that train breast cancer survivors to influence research and public policy, foster innovation in research and health care, and expand access to quality care. This fund also supports collaborations among women with breast cancer, researchers and health care stakeholders.

President Clinton continues to work tirelessly today toward improving standards of health around the globe.

About the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC)
The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) is dedicated to ending breast cancer by January 1, 2020 through the power of grassroots action and advocacy. NBCC supports increasing funding for breast cancer research that monitors how those funds are spent; expands access to quality health care for all; and ensures that trained advocates influence all decision making that impacts breast cancer. Join NBCC, learn more and take action visit BreastCancerDeadline2020.org.

 

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