Brides Against Breast Cancer


The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition is happy to announce a new partnership with Brides Against Breast Cancer!

Brides Against Breast Cancer started out of a charity organization founded in 1997, Brides Against Breast Cancer (“BABC”) was launched. Since then BABC has helped thousands of women buy affordable pre-owned wedding dresses and in turn has donated millions to cancer-related charities.

On November 23, 2016, BABC was relaunched from Atlanta, GA with new ownership, new management and formed as a social enterprise company with national charity partners. The new leadership is proven and very experienced, especially as this is an intensive logistical business with national touring.

Examples of Social Enterprise Companies (“SEC”) would be Toms Shoes, Life is Good, and BeautyCounter.com.  Most SECs give 10% of their profits and free promotional support to their core cause. This is a refreshing approach, where many corporations pay little or no taxes and donate only 1-2% of their profits to charity.

BABC has a national partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, whom has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 12 consecutive years for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

BABC also has a partnership with the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, which is one of the largest breast cancer charities in Georgia.

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Advocacy Alert: Affordable Care Act

As you may know, Senate Republicans are working now to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senate met late into the night Wednesday and approved the budget they will use as the vehicle for repealing ACA. Among more than 100 amendments submitted, Democrat Senators put forth several proposals that were voted on and defeated that could impact women and men with and at risk of breast cancer should repeal happen, including:

  • Lowering prescription drug costs
  • Preexisting condition guarantee (preventing ACA repeal from eliminating the law’s protection for those with preexisting conditions)
  • Protecting women’s health environment (including a measure that ensures women aren’t charged more for their insurance because of their gender)
  • Ensuring rural hospitals stay open (preventing rural hospitals and health care providers from being weakened under repeal)

The late night Senate action is the first step in the repeal process. The Senate budget action will now move to the House. Once the House approves the budget, they will draft a repeal bill. 

We don’t know the specific timeline but it is likely that things will move very quickly. For now there is still time for us to raise our voice and it is critical that we do! Repealing the ACA will take health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and increase health care premiums for millions more.  Women and men with and at risk of breast cancer need care NOT chaos!

Please contact your Senators and demand that they NOT REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT! We fought far too long and we’ve come too far to let this Congress destroy a system that provides health care to millions of women and men with and at risk of breast cancer. When you call, deliver this message:  Senator __________, I am a constituent and I urge you, do not repeal the Affordable Care Act that women and men with and at risk of breast cancer need. Our lives depend on it and we are watching!

Do you have friends or family who live in Alaska, Arizona, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia? The Senators listed below are key targets for calls.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)          202.224.6665

Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)               202.224.3004

Senator John McCain (R-AZ)               202.224.2235

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)                    202.224.4521

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)            202.224.3744

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)                     202.224.3254

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)             202.224.2523

Senator Dan Heller (R-NV)                 202.224.6244

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)             202.224.3353

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)                202.224.4254

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)       202.224.4944

Senator Shelly Capito (R-WV)             202.224.6472

Thank you for your support!

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DOD Breast Cancer Research Program

Your advocacy is working! As of this week, these Representatives have signed the letter in support of level funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) peer-reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP). We really need you continuing to contact your members to urge them to sign the letter. The deadline for signing is Monday, March 14th

If your Member’s name is not on this latest listing of FY 2017 letter signers, contact her/him with the following message:

I urge you to show your support for ending breast cancer by signing the letter to Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Visclosky calling for $120 million—level funding—for the DOD peer-reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program for FY 2017.  

It is very important that you act immediately to let your Representatives know how essential the DOD BCRP is to breast cancer research. If a Representative has questions you can’t answer, let us know and we’ll follow-up.

If your Representative agrees to sign the letter, her/his staff should email one of the following staffers of the letter sponsors to make it happen:

LaRissa Ferrell in Representative Hastings’ office or
Katherine Loughead in Representative Costello’s office

Be sure to contact the key targets from your state—members who signed last year’s letter who are not yet on the list of FY 2017 letter signers. Email us at NBCC and let us know that your Representative has agreed to sign the letter or if you have any questions.

Thank you for taking action today!

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