Beyond Pink TEAM Members Attend Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 Inaugural Advocate Leadership Summit

BPT members pose with NBCC's Fran Visco

BPT members pose with NBCC’s Fran Visco

Five members from the Cedar Valley’s Beyond Pink TEAM attended the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Deadline 2020 Inaugural Leadership Summit in early May. The summit provided an environment for advocates to listen, learn and transform ideas about how to end breast cancer into actions to spread throughout their local communities across the country and around the world. The focus of the summit was to build leadership skills and to strengthen grassroots leadership.

The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) believes we will not end breast cancer unless we have the right leadership and that includes advocate leaders! NBCC needs educated, trained advocates to lead the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 plan of action and to help grow a strong base of support to include everyone who cares about ending breast cancer. By getting more and more members of local communities behind the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 efforts through advocate leadership and fundraising efforts, NBCC will be able to continue to work on Artemis Projectgoals: 1) to develop a breast cancer vaccine and 2) to collaborate with researchers on determining the causes of metastasis and how to prevent it. Efforts will also help support NBCC’s advocate education and training programs.

While at the summit, the Beyond Pink TEAM advocate leaders:

  • Learned the details of the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 Blueprint and plan of action.
  • Interacted with leading breast cancer researchers, thought leaders and innovators to learn more about innovative research and progress in prevention and metastasis research.
  • Developed life-long leadership skills and created individual year-long action plans to mobilize and engage their communities in Breast Cancer Deadline 2020.


BPT Advocates along with other advocates they met at conference, outside Bruce Braley's office

BPT Advocates along with other advocates they met at conference, outside Bruce Braley’s office

Jeanne Rothamel (L) and Christine Carpenter (R) meet with Senator Tom Harkin

Jeanne Rothamel (L) and Christine Carpenter (R) meet with Senator Tom Harkin

The Inagural Leadership Summit culminated in the Beyond Pink TEAM members and other advocate leaders participating in NBCC’s Annual Lobby Day where they applied their knowledge on Capitol Hill in meetings with their state’s members of Congress. The advocates discussed Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 top priorities and urged their representatives to support government actions that will move public policy toward the goal of ending breast cancer.

Priorities included:

  • Urging members of Congress to support and pass the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, legislation which will help meet the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 goal.
  • Promoting continued funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP).

Those who attended the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 Inaugural Advocate Leadership Summit include Deanna Hughes and Jeanne Rothamel from Waterloo and Christine Carpenter, Lori Seawel, and Kristin Teig Torres from Cedar Falls. These advocates and others from the Beyond Pink TEAM are actively working to inform local and state public officials, organizations and business leaders about Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 with the goal of spreading the news about progress in breast cancer research and the need for public support. The grassroots networking of these advocates with the nation’s decision makers, state and local public officials, and the community is effecting change in public policy and scientific research to pave a path that will move us towards the goal of knowing how to end breast cancer by 2020.


BPT members along with other advocates on Lobby Day

Beyond Pink TEAM members take on Washington DC

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