Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Young Survival Coalition

Tonight I attended the local Young Survival Coalition meeting. Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer. YSC works with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under (although they let us old folks attend too). Today, the YSC is a growing international group of thousands of survivors and supporters. Embracing the motto, "Action, Advocacy, Awareness," members attend conferences; lobby federal and state legislators; speak at universities, colleges, and health fairs; and run an annual awareness campaign targeted at the medical community - encouraging doctors and researchers to focus more resources on this underserved segment of the population. The YSC also strives to educate and support young women living with a diagnosis of breast cancer. Is this right up my alley or what?
The local affiliate is comprised of some really cool women, from survivors to newly diagnosed to those of us currently in treatment. We met at Jupiter's at the Crossing to enjoy appetizers and pizza. We discussed the upcoming Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure walk scheduled for August in Chicago. Some of the coalition members are planning to either walk it or volunteer to be a crew member. I'd consider walking it but to do so each individual has to raise $2300. So, dear friends, who would be willing to donate should I decide to register?

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