2011 Komen Lobby Day
Telling lawmakers that “This is where the ribbon meets the road,” our Founder and CEO Nancy Brinker kicked off the Komen Advocacy Alliance Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. this morning, with hundreds of our Affiliate and Advocacy Alliance representatives on hand to fight for breast cancer issues.
As in years past, advocates in pink streamed across Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to preserve early detection and treatment programs, especially for vulnerable groups such as the poor and uninsured, and to maintain federal investments in cancer research.
It was a standing-room-only crowd as about 40 congressional members joined advocates for the launch breakfast this morning. Nancy acknowledged the difficulty lawmakers will have in tough budgetary times and pledged partnership saying “We’re not here just with our hands out, but extending our hands in partnership to help save lives.”
She took the opportunity to announce our $58 million in research funding for 2011, going to 80 grants at 56 institutions worldwide. We have more information about our 2011 research grants slate here.
Be sure to check out the pictures from our event this morning in the slideshow below.
About the author
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.