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!