Since 1998 BCCRF has educated breast cancer patients and survivors through dissemination of information at lectures, on our website and newsletters and through one on one mentoring. We also brought education programs to colleges as well as educating researchers on breast cancer advocacy.
Starting in 2005 BCCRF advocates have attended the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The advocates attend sessions with clinicians, scientists and advocates, participate in advocate review sessions and interface with physicians, scientists, and other advocates during the meeting. The advocates have written articles posted on this website and presented alongside physicians at community lectures.
Since 2009 our Wellness Lecture Series have educated women and men about the disease of breast cancer. Well-known and highly respected experts in their fields have presented at these free community lectures. BCCRF prides itself in being a leader in sharing breakthrough information and the most recent updates from scientific meetings and clinical research.
Advocates have attended the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) Annual Advocate Leadership Summit and Lobby Day in Washington, DC for the last two decades. Working with NBCC, we have been successful in creating the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (DoD BCRP) and lobby annually to ensure that funds continue to be appropriated to secure this vital program. BCCRF actively participated in the passage of the federal legislation that created the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program, which guarantees breast and cervical cancer treatment for low income and underserved women.
In California, BCCRF worked as a Board member organization of the California Breast Cancer Organizations (CABCO) to pass the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (enhanced match with the federal government), the coverage for routine patient care for individuals in clinical trials and the creation of the CA Breast Cancer Research Program.
Our Minorities Outreach committee successfully created an informational brochure directed towards low income and underserved populations that was distributed to 50,000 women and men at 19 locations.
BCCRF members have been trained through the NBCC Project Lead, an intense science course and the Young Survival Coalition’s mentoring program. This puts us in the position to collaborate with researchers and to mentor women going through treatment; newly diagnosed and those who are living with metastatic disease.
In 2000 the BCCRF Northern CA program began providing monthly educational lectures for patients, survivors and the lay public.
BCCRF has provided unbiased review articles on our website focusing on research and information regarding innovations in breast cancer.