Without leaders in the U.S. Congress who are committed to ending breast cancer, the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) to meet the goal of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® and end breast cancer by January 1, 2020 could not succeed.
At the close of the Annual Lobby Day, the National Breast Cancer Coalition honors a select few members of Congress who have provided outstanding and effective leadership to the fight to end breast cancer. In 2015, NBCC honored the sponsors of the "Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act" (S. 746/H.R. 1197): Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Senator Whitehouse (D-RI), Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC). NBCC also honored our Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program champions: Senator Collins (R-ME), Senator Gillibrand (D-NY), Representative McGovern (D-MA), Representative King (R-IA), Representative Hastings (D-FL), and Representative Costello (R-6).
2015 is also the first year that NBCC bestowed the Breast Cancer Deadline2020 Champion Award. Representative John Lewis (D-GA) is the first congressional receipt of the award for his outstanding work on beahalf of ending breast cancer by 2020.