The Jane Torres Scholarship Fund was established by the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation to assist individuals interested in obtaining education and training in breast cancer research and advocacy.
The scholarship fund was established to honor Jane Torres, the founder of the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. Jane has been a critical and driving force behind the increase in funding for breast cancer research on both the National and State levels. Jane believes we will end the breast cancer epidemic through quality cutting edge research. She has effectively educated policy makers on the need to fund more of this research, helping to increase Federal funding from $90 million to over $800 million.
Jane and the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation strongly believe that to achieve our goal, we must have advocates who are trained and educated in the science of breast cancer, current breast cancer research data, and who know how to practice effective advocacy strategies. The Jane Torres Scholarship Fund was established to allow Florida Breast Cancer Foundation advocates to attend educational conferences such as:
- Project LEAD®, a science course for breast cancer advocates that trains them to critically analyze breas National Breast Cancer Coalitionâ€™s Annual Advocacy Training Conferencet cancer research and influence research committees and other breast cancer decision-making bodies which teaches participants the latest in breast cancer research, science and public policy, and sharpens their advocacy skills.
- Advocate Leadership Summitt 2018 for Team Leader training to prepare grassroots advocates to serve as delegation leaders for NBCC's Washington Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.
- FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) Annual Conference designed for people and families affected by hereditary cancer or genetic mutation associated with increased risk of cancer. The conference presents a wide range of topics and the latest research on hereditary cancer for: survivors, previvors, people with a BRCA mutation or family history of cancer, patient advocates, researchers, and health care providers who treat high-risk patients.
- The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the Association of Clinical Oncologists Conference (ASCO), and other leading scientific and medical conferences.
Scholarship recipients must agree to serve on the FBCF Advocacy Committee and meet the pre-requisites for the program/conference for which they are applying. The total amount of scholarship funds awarded to an applicant will depend on the applicantâ€™s financial need, number of qualified applicants, funds available for the given year, and the total expense associated with the specific program.