National Breast Cancer Coalition

Call to Action Online - January 3, 2020


A Happy, Healthful and Safe New Year from NBCC!


We move into 2020 with a renewed focus on our mission to end breast cancer. We will soon launch a new website, logo and campaign, and a White Paper about our 2020 Deadline Campaign. Thank you for all of your advocacy and support through 2019 and the past many years.

Kudos to NBCC Advocates for Presentation at 2019 SABCS

NBCC LEAD trained advocates engage in various research projects and analyses throughout the year. In 2019, Judy Perkins, Andrea Hutton, Michele Atlan and Tracy Edler Leduc, with support from NBCC staff, completed a many months-long project, assessing the amount of federal funding directed toward Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) research in fiscal year 2016 via two of the largest sources of breast cancer research funding:

The NIH Breast Cancer Research Portfolio (1693 projects)
The DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program - Breast Cancer Research Program (CDMRP BCRP) (87 projects)

The advocates found that the CDMRP BCRP had a significantly higher percentage of projects (57.6%) that were considered to be MBC research than the NIH Breast Cancer Research Portfolio (14.7%).

The aggregate federal funding (NIH and DoD/BCRP) for breast cancer research in FY 2016 was $748,183,835. The aggregate amount of MBC research funding was $149,183,882. Thus, the percentage of NIH and DoD/BCRP MBC research in FY 2016 across both federal programs was estimated to be approximately 20%, heavily weighted by the DOD BCRP funding.

The MBC Research Funding Analysis was presented as a poster at the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) and was well received by Symposium participants. Congratulations advocates on this great work! Below is a photo from the event with three of the four contributing authors (From left to right: Judy Perkins, Tracy Edler Leduc, and Andrea Hutton).




2020 Advocate Leadership Summit – Early Bird Registration Extended

Have you registered for NBCC’s Advocate Leadership Summit? Sign up today and receive a $50 Early Bird discount. This offer has now been extended through midnight on Sunday January 12, so take advantage of it while you can. Bring a first time attendee with you and receive another $50 off your registration fee.

This year’s Summit will be held at the Park Hyatt hotel in Washington, DC, on May 2-4, 2020. The program will feature exciting plenary sessions from experts at the forefront of public policy and the field of breast cancer research, as well as skill-building workshops designed to make advocates as effective as they can be. The Summit will be followed by NBCC’s annual Lobby Day on May 5, when advocates will take to Capitol Hill to ensure that their Representatives are with us in our mission to end breast cancer.

To register for the Advocate Leadership Summit, visit our website.

Unsure about whether to come? Hear what last year participants had to say.

2020 Project LEAD Institute – Applications Now Open

Apply today for NBCC’s premier science training program, the Project LEAD Institute. This intensive six-day course is designed to give advocates a strong foundation in the science of breast cancer, allowing them to sit at all tables where decisions about breast cancer are made. Participants will receive rigorous training in areas such as cancer biology, genetics, epidemiology, and clinical trial design, from a group of highly experienced faculty. Graduates of Project LEAD will join the ranks of breast cancer advocates widely acknowledged to be among the most effective in the field.

The 2020 Project LEAD Institute will be held on July 26-31 in La Jolla, CA. We will once again be using a rolling admissions process, with applicants being accepted monthly beginning in January. The final deadline to apply is April 20, 2020. The application process is competitive, so be sure to apply early.

If you have already attended Project LEAD, please help us continue to grow the program by recommending advocates from your networks to attend. With your help, we can work together to find an end to breast cancer.

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

Join NBCC in Marching for Women’s Health on January 18, 2020

Are you marching on January 18? Women will be marching in Washington, DC and across the globe. More information on the global Women’s Marches can be found here. NBCC has created signs supporting an end to breast cancer that you can download, print and carry with you when you march. If you are marching please take photos of you and your group to share with NBCC.

If you want to march in Washington, DC please join NBCC staff and advocates in the march and after for hot chocolate in the NBCC offices. We will meet the morning of January 18. For information on when and where to meet email info@breastcancerdeadline2020.org and we will send you all the logistics.

Making an Impact

Determining your New Year’s resolutions? Is one of them ending breast cancer? If yes, join with NBCC to educate leaders and the public about evidence-based decision making in breast cancer issues. Support us with a gift now.