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Advocacy in Action

Advocacy is an important component of the FBCF mission.  We each have the opportunity and the power to add our voices in the fight against breast cancer. Please check back periodically to see which bills before the Florida Legislature need your support. 


What does it mean to be an ADVOCATE?

To be an advocate is to speak out on behalf of a cause in which you believe. We at the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) believe that we WILL end breast cancer in our lifetimes. Therefore, we educate ourselves about breast cancer, its causes and potential cures along with diagnostic and treatment options. We speak out by actively discussing our own cases with our physicians and caregivers, by informing others about breast cancer, and by calling, writing and educating our legislators regarding important issues.


Recent Advocacy Accomplishments

Funding for Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Reinstated with Increase

Thanks to the efforts of advocates who called and emailed to save the funding for the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Program, the current year funding of $1.8 million has been restored, with an increase, bringing funding for the program to an all-time high of $2.1 million!

House and Senate negotiators allocated $1.5 million back into Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program with Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli adding another $650,000 from his own bill pot.

A special t thanks to Speaker of the House, Steve Crisafulli, Senator Tom Lee, and Representative Richard Corcoran for reinstating the funding and to all our advocates for calling and emailng their local representatives.

Thank you, EVERYONE, for your efforts!


Senate Bill 676 / House Bill 621: Voluntary Contributions to 'End Breast Cancer' Signed Into Law May 21, 2015

During the 2015 legislative session, Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto and Representative Heather Fitzenhagen staunchly supported the continued fight against breast cancer in the State of Florida by sponsoring Senate Bill 676 / House Bill 621 Voluntary Contributions to End Breast Cancer.

On May 21, 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law. Beginning  July 1, 2015, the new law permits FBCF to be added to Florida's voluntary contribution program, which allows Florida residents the opportuniy to support FBCF when they renew their vehicle registration or driver's license. By simply checking the box marked, END BREAST CANCER, on their renewal forms, supporters can donate $1 or more to FBCF for breast cancer research. All funds raised stay in the state of Florida to support programs for Florida residents.

On behalf of the Board and Staff at the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, we thank all those who worked diligently to secure the the bill's passage through the Senate and House of Representatives. Our heartfelt thanks to Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto and Heather Fitzenhagen for sponsoring the bill and Representatives Artiles, Campbell, Mayfield, McBurney, Raschein, Rehwinkel Vasilinda, and Williams for their support as co-sponsors. Special thanks to Florida lobbyists, Ron Book and Kelly Mallette for their hard work and dedication, and Governor Rick Scott for his support in the fight against breast cancer. 


Together we WILL end breast cancer!



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Leaders in Action: Jeri Francoeur

Date: December 1, 2011
Jeri Francoeur, MS has been involved in advocacy since she first started working in the medical field. Her passion for breast advocacy became more focused when she lost her best friend to Inflammatory Breast Cancer and her diagnosis 6 months later with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS). She was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to one of the Medical Quality Assurance Boards for the State of Florida; both governors Crist and Scott have reappointed her and she now serves as Chair.
Categories: Advocacy
Leaders in Action: Jeri Francoeur

The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) celebrated breast cancer Education, Advocacy, and Champions in West Central Florida on Saturday, June 11th, 2011. From day to night breast cancer awareness was the theme.
Categories: Advocacy
Breast Cancer Education, Advocacy, and Champions were Celebrated in West Central Florida

Thanks to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation I had the opportunity to attend the America Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conference. This year the conference had over 30,000 oncology specialists in attendance at the McCormick Center in Chicago, Illinois, June 3-7, 2011.
Categories: Advocacy
ASCO 2011 Conference: Linda McDonald

Washington D.C. was covered in pink by breast cancer survivors and advocates that gathered from April 30th - May 3rd to hear the latest breast cancer science and public policy news at the 2011 National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) Annual Advocacy Training Conference and Lobby day. Over 50 Florida breast cancer advocates, recipients of the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) scholarship and the NBCC Advocacy in Action grant met with Florida representative and senators, such as Senator Bill Nelson, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Categories: Advocacy
Covering Washington D.C. with the Strength Behind the Pink!

It is with great sadness and the deepest sympathy that the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation shares the recent loss of our friend, volunteer, strong supporter, and advocate Phylyss Beaudet.
Categories: Advocacy
Leaders in Action: Phylyss Beaudet

We Laughed, Learned, Sang, and Danced!
Categories: Advocacy
2011 South Florida Education & Advocacy Day Conference

Tampa FL, January 7-9, 2011
Categories: Advocacy
Congratulations Project Lead® Workshop Grads

The 5th Annual Joining Force Against Hereditary Cancer Conference was held in Orlando, June 24-26. The conference started Thursday evening with a well attended reception for first time attendees. This was the first time that I have participated as a previvor of ovarian cancer and I took advantage of the evening's event. My mom passed away from ovarian cancer and my hope was to find information for myself and my daughter to decrease our risks. Also, being passionate about spreading the word about the benefits of oncology massage I hoped to share my knowledge
Categories: Advocacy
Toni Muirhead at the FORCE 2010 Conference

The Power behind the PINK!

Date: May 25, 2010
Over 50 Florida breast cancer advocates, survivors and supporters turned Capitol Hill PINK on May 25th, 2010 for the National Breast Cancer Coalition's (NBCC) Annual Lobby Day. They rallied in Washington DC to meet all the Florida state congressional representatives and senators to talk to each office about NBCC's 2010 Legislative Priorities; guaranteed access to quality health care for all; and $150 million dollars for FY11 for the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program.
Categories: Advocacy
The Power behind the PINK!

We Listened, We Learned, and We Danced!
Categories: Advocacy
FBCF 2010 Education and Advocacy Day Conference