Brides against Breast Cancer

The Georgia Breast Cancer is proud to partner with Brides Against Breast Cancer® (“BABC”) for its nationally renowned wedding dress sale and bridal show in Atlanta on Sunday, July 16, 2017. BABC will offer over 800 wedding dresses for sale off-the-rack during the event at the Buckhead Intercontinental Hotel.

BABC is a social enterprise company that shares it proceeds with the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition.

“‘The Wedding Dress Experience™ and Bridal Show’ is the largest wedding dress sale event in the country where a bride can take a dress home that day!” said BABC CEO Drew Edwards. “We’re excited to kick off our national tour in Atlanta. As always, brides-to-be will find an amazing selection of designer wedding dresses up to 80% off the retail price while supporting breast cancer causes! We’re very proud to partner with the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition,” Edwards said.

EVENT DETAILS:
The Wedding Dress Experience™ and Bridal Show
Sunday, July 16, 2017
VIP 1st Look Event 10:00am – 11:30am
Dress Sales and Bridal Show: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel, 3315 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326
Public tickets available: http://bit.ly/2ua7dBe

The Wedding Dress Experience™ and Bridal Show will feature over 25 vendors while showcasing 800+ designer wedding dresses uniquely available to be tried on and bought at the show. Brides typically save up to 80% off retail pricing. While the average new designer wedding dress retails for $1,700, the average price for a BABC certified dress is considerably less at $600. Most dresses are priced $99 to $999 and couture dresses up to approximately $1,999 (original retail up to $8,500).

BABC dresses are either new, samples or in “like new” condition and are donated by bridal salons and individuals wanting to support breast cancer causes. BABC inventory includes dresses by famous designers Vera Wang, Maggie Sottero, Sophia Tolli, David Tutera, Allure, Liancarlo and more. BABC inventory comes directly from bridal salons and individuals across the nation.

Since 1997, the BABC organization has helped more than 50,000 women purchase affordable wedding dresses and raised millions of dollars for breast cancer causes.

For more information, visit http://www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org
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Georgia Breast Cancer Partners with New Accounting Firm

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Atlanta, GA June 28, 2017 – The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition is proud to announce its partnership with the accounting firm Loggins, Kern & McCombs. “I have known Ben Loggins for over 12 years and his firm is one of the best I have worked with in Atlanta” says Sheryl Cherico, President of Georgia Breast Cancer.  “We are excited about this new relationship.”

Loggins Kern & McCombs is a full-service CPA firm that handles both individual and business needs.  They offer accounting, financial and management assistance, plus a variety of related services all tailored to meet your personal and business needs. Their clients can be found throughout the Southern Crescent in Jonesboro, McDonough, Stockbridge, Fayetteville, Tyrone, Newnan, Locust Grove, Morrow and Fairburn. They have satellite offices in Buckhead, Alpharetta and Lawrenceville to meet the needs of their client base throughout metro Atlanta.

The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition serves as Georgia’s voice to end breast cancer.  Established in 1994, the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition had worked tirelessly to eradicate breast cancer throughout its storied history.  For more information on Georgia Breast Cancer, contact us as sheryl.cherico@gabcc.org

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GABCC Attends Artz, Eatz and Beatz

April 22 – The 2nd Annual Artz, Eatz and Beatz fundraiser benefitting GABCC was held at the AC Hotel by Marriott at Phipps Plaza, Buckhead. The event, which drew more than 100 attendees, featured spinning by DJ Camille, cuisine by Red Sky Tapas, a silent auction and incredible art pieces from area artists including Anderson Smith, Jeremy Brown, Carmen Ashley Rice, Greg Noblin, Amber Langford and Amy Radar.

Event creator, Anderson “Smitty” Smith was witness to the harshness of cancer, recently losing the love of his life to breast cancer. After his experience, Smith wanted to do something to join the effort in fighting this disease. He and his beloved Oksana both loved art, food and music, so Artz, Eatz and Beatz was born in 2015 as a tribute to Oksana. The event is about his journey into despair and how he found a way out by sharing his personal experience with others.

“Artz, Eatz and Beatz was created as a catalyst to change how we think about cancer. It is a celebration for the survivors and in memory of those who did not make it,” said Smith. “Cancer is not black nor white. It does not care if you are living a happy life, your kids are graduating from college, if you have a new baby or if you just got engaged. Cancer will affect your life, whether you are young or old. We all know someone. We are all in this together,” added Smith.

Several GABCC Board members attended the event including Board President, Sheryl Cherico, Secretary Rebecca Walden, and new board member Frank Goldman. Also in attendance were GABCC Executive Director, Amy Upchurch and GABCC local community partner, Brides Against Breast Cancer (BABC) to showcase its new Atlanta retail boutique.

Together, we are Georgia’s VOICE to END Breast Cancer.

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Breast Cancer Research Program (DOD BCRP), AHCA in the Spotlight

March 20, 2017–We attended the National Breast Cancer Coalition‘s (NBCC) Team Leader Training in Washington, DC. This unique training session is designed to give advocates from across the country, the opportunity to hear first hand what issues are being considered in Congress and help train them for leading a team from their state to advocate in May of each year. After the training, Team Leaders including our Executive Director, Amy Upchurch, were able to meet with elected officials from their states. Upchurch met with the following members of the Georgia Congressional delegation: Representative David Scott; Representative John Lewis; Representative Barry Loudermilk; Representative Buddy Carter; Representative Tom Graves; Representative Jody Hice; and Representative Drew Ferguson. At the meetings, NBCC asked us to discuss two issues:

  1. The Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) FY2018 funding. The appropriations process for FY2018 has begun. A “Dear Colleague” letter to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman and Ranking Member in support of funding for the program is currently being circulated. Upchurch asked each office to sign onto the letter in support of this important program. The DOD BCRP was created in 1992 to “eradicate” breast cancer by funding innovative, high-impact research through a partnership of scientists and consumers.” The program is widely viewed as a unique and efficient medical research model which has proven to be accountable to the public and has produced extraordinary results, including the drug Herceptin. This program was the very first Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) and many other CDMRPs have been created based on this model.
  2. Guaranteed Access to Quality Care for All. Ensuring access to quality, evidence-based health care has been a top priority of NBCC and GBCC for many years and is an essential component of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020. There are a few concerns that the NBCC and GBCC have with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) expected to be voted on in the US House of Representatives on March 23:
  • Rating Bands: The average age of diagnosis for breast cancer is 60. The AHCA would allow insurers to charge older Americans (60+) up to five times more than younger Americans, resulting in premiums rising 22%.
  • Essential Health Benefits: The AHCA would potentially repeal certain standards about how much coverage insurers must provide for what are considered essential health care services in preventive care, including mammograms.
  • Coverage Lapse Surcharges: Beginning in 2019 under the AHCA, a lapse in coverage of more than 63 days before reapplying for insurance would allow insurers to charge up to a 30% surcharge. Often, breast cancer patients stop working during treatment and many experience financial hardship due to costs such as co-pays and out of pocket expenses. A surcharge could result in additional financial burdens for these patients.

An amended bill (released late Monday evening) is still concerning to GBCC/NBCC because it ends traditional Medicaid by capping and cutting funding and leaves states shouldering far more costs than they do today. The bill goes to the House floor on March 23. GBCC urges all Georgians to educate themselves on what this bill means for them individually as well as for our state. All Georgians can contact their legislator and make their voices heard about how they feel regarding the AHCA. Together, we are GEORGIA’S VOICE to END BREAST CANCER!

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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 404-633-6499 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: www.gabcc.org.

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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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