Winter 2021 Message from Executive Director

Dear Friends in Prevention,

On behalf of all of us at Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC), I want to express our deep appreciation for your continued support and belief in MBCC’s mission of cancer prevention. We are incredibly grateful to be honoring our 30th anniversary in 2021, and despite the many challenges we have all experienced over this past year, MBCC has remained steadfastly committed to the work of creating a better world for our children, grandchildren, and future generations.

This year, through our program, Let’s Talk Prevention: Actions You Can Take, MBCC will continue to support students, teachers, parents/caregivers with free, age-appropriate materials for high school, middle school, and elementary school students to use both in and outside of the classroom. The MBCC Webinar Series features a range of leading scientists and community leaders addressing a number of important health issues. The full calendar for the 2021 Webinar Series is available here. In support of our programs, MBCC will be hosting virtual fundraising events throughout the year, including our first Annual Bike-A-Thon, Against the Tide, and the Lesbians & Friends LGBTQ+ Dance. Please click here to learn more.

On the policy front, MBCC is grateful to all of our supporters who made phone calls and wrote letters in support of the Children and Firefighters Protection Act. We are extremely pleased Governor Baker signed the bill into law, and are proud to have worked alongside so many passionate advocates to ensure that highly toxic flame retardants are banned from children’s products, household furniture, mattresses and bedding, curtains, and carpeting. MBCC remains deeply concerned about the health impact of exposure to PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances), and we continue to galvanize support for Bill S. 1315 and Bill H. 3839. Both pieces of legislation are geared towards removing these harmful chemicals from food packaging in Massachusetts. We invite all MBCC supporters to join us in reaching out to state legislators. You can read more about MBCC’s Campaign here.

Nationally, MBCC continues in its role as a community partner on three national PFAS health and exposure studies. Two of these studies are funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the third is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Through these partnerships, MBCC is contributing to a broader scientific understanding of the sources of PFAS exposure and potential health effects in both adults and children. While the pandemic has presented some challenges for each of these research studies, MBCC, Silent Spring Institute, and our other research and community partners are still carrying on this important work.

When I think back to the inception of MBCC in 1991, I cannot help but feel grateful to the many women who founded this organization. Since that time, there have been many significant accomplishments as our work has grown both locally and nationally. And, yet, as we embark on our 30th year, there is still so much to do to ensure that we create a healthier world for future generations.

I am both honored and humbled by the faith you have shown in MBCC and hope that you will continue to stand with us in 2021 and beyond.

With caring gratitude,

 

 

Cheryl Osimo
Executive Director


PFAS in Food Packaging Panel Discussion Recording


Sisters Team Up to Support Breast Cancer Prevention

Dear MBCC Supporter,
 

Ali Crockett (right) with her sister Vi

In 2001, one of my sisters was diagnosed with breast cancer. The day she told me the news, she drove me to the hospital because I had a panic attack (thinking it was a heart attack)! I watched my sister be brave and calm while going through surgery and treatment. All the while, we walked many miles because that was a part of the healing process. Since then, there have been so many families I have known who have been affected by this disease. Too Many!

 
In 2002, my sister and I found out about Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) and their focus on prevention. This mission resonated with us and that summer we swam in the Against the Tide fundraising event. Since then our Team Do It Now has participated in the event every year.
 
What is my “Why?” What is my reason for this participation? On the surface, I would say, “It’s a worthy cause.” Then if I go a few levels deeper, I would say, “I believe in a healthier future.” Then if I still go further and further, I would say, “I want my niece’s young children and their children to live in a healthier society, without worrying about toxic chemicals in their environment.”
 
How can this be achieved? I would have told myself 19 years ago that this task was too large, too broad, too impossible. But now that I have seen the incredible work in research, legislation, education, and advocacy that the MBCC staff and volunteers do on a daily basis, I absolutely have hope. And, this is why I ask you to join us by giving your talent or treasure so that we can continue to create a brighter and healthier future for our children, grandchildren, and future generations.
 
Sincerely,
Ali Crockett
MBCC Supporter

Breast Cancer Care During COVID-19 Webinar Recording


PFAS Effects on the Immune System Webinar Recording