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Celebrate Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

October 29, 2009

Written By Janine E. Guglielmino, MA, Director, Programs and Strategic Initiatives

We encourage you to join the efforts of our friends at the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network to declare October 13 National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Senate Resolution 295, which declares October 13 National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, recently passed by unanimous consent. The House of Representatives has not yet voted on the resolution, but more than 100 Representatives have signed on to date. Watch a video of Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo, of the 2nd District of New Jersey, speaking on the House Floor in support of the resolution. MBCN, LBBC and our partners want more communities to get involved.

How to Get Your Legislators to Help

To reach a critical mass, we need you! You can help by contacting your congressperson and letting him or her know you support a joint resolution declaring October 13 National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. After your initial contact, call the office and check on the status, politely reaffirming your goals. If you can, meet with your representative and share statistics about stage IV breast cancer.

Why This Resolution Is Important

We think it’s time women with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer got a slice of the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month pie. As MBCN writes on its Web site, women with stage IV breast cancer are often "isolated, feared, ignored and frequently under served by many cancer centers and breast cancer organizations."

To change these messages year round, women like you should be visible in October, when the world focuses on breast cancer. Your experiences must stand alongside the parade of stories about women with early-stage disease.

For the past six years, MBCN has worked tirelessly with LBBC and others to raise awareness of advanced breast cancer and get October 13 declared Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day in cities, towns and states across the country. Last year, nine states and 31 cities made such proclamations. Make your voice heard! Contact your representative and local officials today.

Other Ways to Raise Awareness

You can also find out if your city or state has issued a proclamation . If not, you can request a proclamation, which cities and states offer as a public service, by calling the office of your mayor or governor and asking for the person who handles proclamations (visit statelocalgov.net ) for contact information for your community). You may need to fill out a form, and we recommend you attach a personal letter, sharing your experiences and explaining why Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day will further our cause. Should you succeed, you will get a signed copy of the proclamation, which you can share with local news outlets, businesses and nonprofit groups. Ask to display the proclamation at your cancer center, local library, bank and other public places.

For more information on how you can help, visit the Web site of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network or contact us at mail@lbbc.org or MBCN at MBCNET@gmail.com.

Visit the site of our partners at the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.

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