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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

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. 

Thank you, EVERYONE, for your efforts!

Together we WILL end breast cancer!



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Jane Torres Scholarship Fund

Date: August 17, 2016
The Jane Torres Scholarship Fund, established by the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) to honor Jane Torres, founder of FBCF, assists individuals interested in obtaining education and training in breast cancer research and advocacy.
Categories: Advocacy

Leaders in Action: Jeri Francoeur

Date: January 1, 2016
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

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.
Categories: Advocacy