Beyond Pink TEAM Delivers in Washington DC

Christine Carpenter (very back) poses in Washington, DC with other breast cancer advocates who were all instrumental in bringing NBCC's message to the White House.

Christine Carpenter (very back) poses in Washington, DC with other breast cancer advocates who were all instrumental in bringing NBCC’s message to the White House.

On Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013, local breast cancer survivor and advocate Christine Carpenter traveled to Washington, DC. As the Advocacy Chair of the Beyond Pink TEAM, Carpenter joined 20 breast cancer advocates from across the country to deliver petitions to the President of the United States.

The petitions represented 76,000 signatures, collected across the United States over the past year, to show nationwide support of ending breast cancer. The goal of this meeting was to ask President Obama to commit to work with the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). The Coalition has already been hard at work and has set a deadline to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.

The advocates met Hallie Schneir, the Associate Director of White House Office of Public Engagement and Carole Johnson, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Domestic Policy Council. After presenting the petitions, NBCC advocates met with these senior White House staff to provide an update on NBCC’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.  They discussed ways they could work with the White House toward the goal of – knowing how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. White House staff commended the advocates for their “tireless advocacy based on evidence.” They thanked the women “for holding our feet to the fire.” For more information on NBCC’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® please visit breastcancerdeadline2020.org.

Beyond Pink TEAM members meet with Senator Chuck Grassley and NBCC's Fran Visco.

Beyond Pink TEAM members meet with Senator Chuck Grassley and NBCC’s Fran Visco.

Two members of the Beyond Pink TEAM sit on the board of the NBCC. The Beyond Pink TEAM has a long history of making a local difference by working with our nation’s leaders. Working with NBCC, the advocates had a significant impact on passing legislation in 2001 that increased treatment and insurance availability for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer through the Iowa Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program. Additionally, Beyond Pink TEAM advocates worked with Senator Grassley’s office  in 2012 to facilitate bipartisan support in the Senate for the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act.

The Beyond Pink TEAM is part of the Cedar Valley Cancer Committee, and is a non-profit organization made possible by the collaborative efforts of many health organizations, businesses and dedicated individuals’ throughout the Cedar Valley. The Beyond Pink TEAM focuses on breast cancer in the Cedar Valley. Going beyond pink ribbons, beyond pink light bulbs, beyond pink trinkets; Beyond Pink, we accomplish our mission by Taking action, Educating, Advocating and Making a difference. To learn more about the Beyond Pink TEAM, please visit beyondpinkteam.org

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