Advocacy saves lives by empowering people and changing systems. VBCF has a deep and rich history of breast cancer advocacy – women (and men) who have dared to speak up and make breast cancer a household word. Over the years, our mission has never changed: we want to eradicate breast cancer.
Each year, VBCF offers the Karin Decker Noss Scholarship of $5,000 to fund advocate training in medical research and legislative advocacy. This scholarship program aims to encourage increased knowledge and education related to breast cancer resulting in stronger breast cancer advocacy and involvement in VBCF’s breast cancer advocacy program. Funds are available to one recipient each year for a 24 month period and may be used for expenses, such as travel, lodging, meals, and registration fees for approved conferences and educational courses. VBCF established the scholarship program in memory of Karin Decker Noss, a dedicated board member and past president of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation. A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Karin served in the military for over 20 years. When she was diagnosed with Stage IIB breast cancer in July 1995, her life changed forever. Karin quickly dedicated her life to breast cancer advocacy – working tirelessly in both the legislative and medical communities and dedicating herself to furthering knowledge of scientific issues associated with breast cancer. Karin lost her battle with breast cancer in February 2008. This award honors Karin’s memory to carry on the work that she began.
At least once each year we visit our state and national representatives as a united voice.
Virginia State Lobby Day is typically in February. You can join us without any training! Go here to get more information and sign up. Find out more »
National Lobby Day – National Lobby Day – is typically in May. VBCF asks you to show up and be counted! VBCF provides transportation to Washington DC, materials and coordination and even snacks and lunch along the way. Wear comfortable shoes and let your voice be heard! Find out more »
CURRENT ISSUES – 2014 National Legislative Priorities
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