Georgia Breast Cancer Retreat Scheduled

The Georgia Breast Cancer annual retreat is scheduled for January 20, 2018.  We are always excited about this Board requirement so we can plan out all the exciting things Georgia Breast Cancer will be doing for 2018.

This Year

This year, the Georgia Breast Cancer plans on working more with patients, and funding medical and diagnostic testing for women and men who have had abnormal mammograms and need additional testing.  We will also be working with lymphadema patients, and working towards providing them with the sleeves they so badly need.

In addition to the good work we have planned, we are going to increase our Board presence by adding new Board members, and have our Board visit the community more often.  We will also be building new partnerships so we can spread awareness, and help raise funds to assist more patients with transportation, tests, groceries, and whatever else they need to relieve some of the stress they have.

Georgia Breast Cancer will also continue its advocacy this year with a visit to the State Capital.  We are working with Pfizer to help facilitate a luncheon, and support various bills that can help breast cancer patients.

Lastly, we will be scheduling more fundraisers this year and are always looking for donations of gift cards, cash and silent auction items.  Feel free to contact Jennie Palmer, our Executive Director if you can help.

2018 is going to be GREAT!

Sheryl Cherico, President

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GABCC Hosts Interactive Advocacy Day at Georgia Capitol

Atlanta, Ga. (February 28, 2017) – The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (GABCC), a nonprofit organization serving as Georgia’s voice to end breast cancer, is holding a free community event that brings together citizens and lawmakers to discuss the impact of breast cancer on Georgia.

“Nearly 9,000 Georgians will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. This disease is devastating, not only for these women, but for their families and our communities. It is our goal to provide attendees with a unique opportunity to build and enhance their advocacy skills as well as get up close and personal with their elected officials,” said Amy Upchurch, GABCC’s Executive Director.

Led by trained breast cancer advocates, the workshop will be held at the Georgia Capitol from 10 am-12 pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The workshop is free, however, registration is required to ensure adequate materials for all attendees.

Please register here or call 404-548-7987 for more information.

The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (GABCC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving as Georgia’s VOICE to END breast cancer. GABCC has been a leader in advocacy and education efforts since 1994. Through its targeted efforts, the organization has empowered more than 7,500 citizen advocates to join the fight against breast cancer, and has educated legislators at the state and national levels about the importance of enacting legislation to increase access to medical treatment for those diagnosed with breast cancer and funding research for a cure. For information about GABCC, visit our website:

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Advocacy Works. Are you WITH us?

Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President and one of our great leaders, once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

His words still ring true today. If we don’t do anything, we will continue to lose more than 40,000 women and 450 men to breast cancer each year in this country, and 522,000 women around the world. So, what can we do about breast cancer? How can we end this disease once and for all?

Although, scientists have discovered a great deal about this disease over the past 30 years, the dialogue about breast cancer hasn’t changed much at all. Awareness masks the hard truths that cannot be made better with a pink ribbon, like the fact that people are still dying.

It’s time for a new conversation. We need action. We need real results. We need to end our addiction to comfortable. To easy. To good enough. It’s time to be leaders. True leaders—that means every one of us who want to play a role in knowing how to end breast cancer must take action. We all must find the will, the strength, the belief to do what it takes to achieve the end of breast cancer.

For more than 20 years, the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund has been dedicated to state and national legislative advocacy efforts…fighting to ensure funds were, and continue to be appropriated for breast cancer research and treatment; and to ensuring that all women have access to quality medical treatment for the disease. We lead interactive education workshops throughout the state, arming attendees with key information on breast health, diagnosis, treatment, research and essential advocacy tools.  We also work with the Georgia General Assembly and the US Congress to ensure that funds raised actually support programs and services for the families who are affected, both now and in the future. We are working to change the conversation about breast cancer.  And you can too.

Advocacy is inherently political and attempts to increase the power of the powerless with our elected officials.  Advocacy is action aimed at changing the system. And advocacy makes a real difference! In fact, without it, we wouldn’t be where we are in breast cancer today.

Successful grassroots advocacy efforts are dependent upon individuals. Not necessarily political experts. But individuals who are passionate about an issue and prepared to make their voices heard. No experience necessary. If you can plead a cause, defend those in need, and speak up for those who choose not to, you are an advocate.

Every legislative session brings changes that directly impact access to breast cancer prevention, screening, and treatment. Individuals who are committed to eradicating breast cancer, must be diligent in monitoring legislative changes and making sure that their voices and opinions are heard.  Our involvement is essential to make elected officials care about breast cancer issues and take a position. Because only we can effectively explain why we care about breast-cancer related legislation.

The legislative process is complicated, but becoming an effective advocate can make a real difference. Are you with us? Are you ready to join us as Georgia’s VOICE to END Breast Cancer? Join us on Tuesday, February 28, for Georgia Advocacy Day at the Capitol. Because together we can change the conversation from awareness and screening, to prevention and saving lives. And together, we ARE Georgia’s VOICE to END Breast Cancer!

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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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