The Breast Cancer Fund will be headed east to Orlando, Fla., next week for the annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer. We love going every year, but we'd be lying if we didn't say it's an emotional time for us because of the sheer numbers of young women who attend.
Almost everyone there was diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45. Imagine: a conference of 8,000 800 to 1,000* women who are barely out of their 20s, 30s and 40s, who have kids, some who have no family history of breast cancer, many asking why them.
What's so amazing to us is how so many women there just GET what we do, get the connections between their breast cancer diagnosis and toxic chemicals in the areas they grew up in. We often hear "we had a tainted water supply" or "I remember them spraying DDT close to my childhood home." It's staggering. But enlightening and invigorating for us, seeing these walking reminders of why the Breast Cancer Fund needs to keep doing what we do.
And those who come by our booth are so thankful and almost relieved to know that there is someone working to ensure that tomorrow's young women will face a lower risk of breast cancer because of our efforts to expose and root out the environmental causes of the disease.
We'll be in booth #22, represented by our outreach expert Genevieve Roja, resident science geek Connie Engel and public policy expert Nancy Buermeyer. Come say hi, sign a petition to support safe cosmetics for all, play around on our Web site, ask lots of questions…we'd love to talk!
We're also moderating the workshop we helped organize, "The Case for a Greener World: Breast Cancer and the Environment," with one of our biggest advocates out there, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, author of the Breast Cancer Fund-commissioned report, The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls: What We Know, What We Need to Know. We're so excited to have our message reach this audience, and hope you will be too!
See you in Orlando!
*Apologies for reporting the wrong number of attendees in our original post! Corrected number posted above.