Against the Tide 2021 Virtual Event Registration is Open

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be hosting its annual, statewide Against the Tide athletic fundraising events as virtual events again in 2021. MBCC is planning four virtual events, each with an 8-day participation window during the months of June, July, August, and September.

Virtual Event Schedule:

June 20th – 27th

July 11th – 18th

August 15th – 22nd

September 19th – 26th

The event components include 1-mile recreational or competitive swims, ½-mile recreational swim, 5K or 10K runs, 3-mile walk, ½-mile stand-up paddleboard, and 2-mile kayak.  For participants who are looking to challenge themselves, there is an Aquathon option, consisting of a competitive 1-mile swim followed immediately by either a 5K or 10K run. New in 2021, the event will feature a half marathon option for the August event and a full marathon for the September event. Registration is $40 for an individual participant, and $100 for a family registration (up to 5 family members). Join MBCC for the Against the Tide Summer Bundle by participating in each of the four virtual events, and receive a 25% registration discount.

“We are grateful to the many people who continue to support MBCC, and were so encouraged by how well our virtual events were received by participants both locally and nationally in 2020,” explains Cheryl Osimo, MBCC’s Executive Director. “In 2021, we hope that providing multiple virtual options throughout the summer will give even more people a chance to be a part of the Against the Tide events to swim, walk, run, paddle, or kayak in support of breast cancer prevention.”

Virtual Event Highlights:

  • Participate on a course or safe body of water of your choosing.
  • Participants will have an eight-day window to complete their activity.
  • All participants will receive a Participant Fun Pack, including an event t-shirt, medal, swim cap or bib, and sponsor items.
  • Swim, Run, and Aquathon participants will have the opportunity to submit their finish times to our event timing partner Second Wind Timing for inclusion on the Event Results Page.
  • Opportunity to include a flag in memory/honor of a loved one on the online Mural of Honor.
  • Share your “event” photos with us to be included in the Against the Tide photo album on the MBCC website and Facebook page.
  • Prizes will be awarded top fundraisers.

To learn more about all of the registration options or to make a pledge, please visit www.mbcc.org/swim.


2021 MBCC Webinar Series Announced

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is pleased to announce the 2021 schedule for its Webinar Series. The MBCC Webinar Series was launched in 2016 and has featured many renowned educators, scientists, and community leaders addressing a range of public health topics.

To register for an upcoming webinar, please click on the Webinar Series tab in the main menu to select the webinar event. Please note webinar registrations open 1 month prior to the webinar event date.

Previous webinar recordings can be found here.


Bike for Prevention – A Virtual Bike-A-Thon

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is hosting their first Annual Bike-A-Thon: Bike for Prevention virtually on a local and national scale next year from Monday, April 19th, 2021 to Sunday, April 25th, 2021. Ride 1 mile or more on your favorite route. If you don’t have a bike, MBCC invites you to join us on foot and walk or run any distance of your choosing! All registered participants will receive a free t-shirt. Registration opens Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Cheryl Osimo, MBCC’s Executive Director, says “We are proud and grateful to all of the MBCC friends who will help support this new event and raise funds toward MBCC’s focus on cancer prevention. Ultimately, these individuals along with all MBCC bikeathon supporters are helping us to make the world a better place for our children, grandchildren, and future generations.”

Pricing to register for this virtual bikeathon is Individual Registration $40; Family Registration (up to 5 members) $150;  and, Student Registration $25. All proceeds from this event will benefit MBCC’s unique breast cancer prevention. To register, please click here.


Remove PFAS from Food Packaging

For our 2020-2021 campaign, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is reaching out to supporters to contact their local representatives in support of legislation that would ban PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) from food packaging across the Commonwealth. Continuing with the momentum from our 2019 campaign which was focused on protecting Massachusetts drinking water from PFAS, this year we are extending that effort to address the PFAS found in items like sandwich wrappers and bakery bags. As part of MBCC’s new campaign, we are inviting all high school students across the Commonwealth to join this letter-writing campaign and make their voices heard with state legislators.

Many of the chemicals used in food packaging can leach into food and enter people’s bodies. A 2019 study by Silent Spring Institute revealed that people who ate more meals at home had significantly lower levels of PFAS in their bodies vs. those who consumed more fast food or ate out more often. Chemicals in food packaging also raise health concerns when they are disposed of in landfills as they can enter the soil and groundwater, potentially contaminating drinking water supplies.

Currently, Bill S. 1315 and Bill H. 3839 are two pieces of legislation geared towards removing these harmful chemicals from food packaging in Massachusetts. We are inviting MBCC supporters, along with educators, parents/caregivers, and high school students to voice their support for the passage of these two bills so we can help eradicate the health repercussions linked to exposure to these toxins.

S.1315 – An Act relative to chemicals in food packaging

H.3839 – An Act to ban the use of PFAS in food packaging

The Time to Act is Now!

In the past two years, Washington, Maine, and, most recently, New York have been successful in adopting policies banning the use of PFAS in food packaging. Likely to follow will be California which has prioritized similar policies under their Green Chemistry & Safer Consumer Products legislation. It is crucial Massachusetts joins this list as well.

In addition to Massachusetts, the following states also have policies currently up for consideration related to banning PFAS from food packaging in favor of safer alternative options: Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

For information on how to identify & contact your local MA legislators, please visit: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

From there, you will be able to find the email address and telephone number to either send a written letter or speak directly with the legislators that serve your area to voice your support for these two bills.

Be sure to mention that you are contacting their office as part of MBCC’s 2020-2021 campaign!

Join MBCC in our efforts to protect future generations!


Environmental Health Education Program for Students

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is pleased to introduce an environmental health education program for students Let’s Talk Prevention: Actions You Can Take. This program is designed as supplemental, stand-alone classroom modules to enhance your current science, health, and environmental studies curriculums by providing real-world application of scientific content knowledge.

This environmental health education program is an extension of MBCC’s award-winning Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures community education program and tour, which is designed to inform the community about the environmental risks for breast cancer and other diseases. MBCC has now partnered with scientists and educators to adapt and expand this environmental health initiative to foster a hands-on, inquiry-based high school curriculum enrichment tool. Through the Let’s Talk Prevention: Actions You Can Take classroom modules, MBCC seeks to bring this important health information to high school students across the Commonwealth.

The following classroom modules are now available, and more are in development:

  • Module 1 addresses how carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals can disrupt cellular processes, development, and increase disease risks, and helps students characterize their exposure to common toxic chemicals and develop strategies to reduce their exposures.
  • Module 2 addresses drinking water sources, issues related to safe drinking water access, different sources of contamination, health effects of some most commonly found contaminants in drinking water, and discusses some current cases dealing with these issues.
  • Module 3 addresses radiofrequency exposure (RF) from cell phones and wireless devices, the potential health impacts, and ways to minimize exposure.

For more detailed descriptions and to download each of these modules, click here.