National Breast Cancer Coalition/ Civic Engagement

Hi there! I am a volunteer advocate for the National Breast Cancer Coalition and a field coordinator for Washington advocates. I just wanted to let you know about NBCC, because historically we have not had much of a presence in Washington and I think its a huge opportunity for students to get involved.

When I was a student myself, I learned so much — how powerful advocacy is and it taught me so much about public policy and the importance of being an active citizen.

**In Washington state, 6,697 people will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer this year. This is one of the highest numbers in the country and we need that to change. In the past, we’ve focused funding and energy on screening and early detection, but its not enough. NBCC is focused on primary prevention and we are taking serious steps with legislation, research and advocacy efforts. NBCC Homepage- for more info: http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/homepage.html *NBCC gives several scholarships each year to students to bring them to Washington DC to attend an Advocate Summit (Workshops and a Lobby Day!). Also, NBCC has an excellent (competitive) internship available.

Please also consider signing the “Petition to the President”, to make ending breast cancer a national priority (its completely bipartisan). We would like to get 6,697 signatures from Washington residents. Petition to the President- to end Breast Cancer: http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/act/Presidential-Petition.html

If you are interested in hearing more about the National Breast Cancer Coalition, or possibly helping us with our mission to end Breast Cancer by 2020, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Thank you so much!

- Briana

Briana Ledesma, MPH Brianaledesma@gmail.com linkedin.com/in/brianaledesma 206.834.5391

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