It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of long-time Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) Board President Margo Simon Golden.
She died on January 21, 2021, of complications due to breast cancer.
Margo joined MBCC’s Board of Directors in 2006 and was elected President in 2009 – a position she held until she stepped down in 2018. While Margo carried herself with quiet grace, she was a fierce activist in support of MBCC’s mission of the prevention of the environmental causes of breast cancer. During her tenure, she served as a tireless leader and advocate for MBCC. She oversaw the development of MBCC’s award-winning Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures community education program, testified before numerous committee hearings examining environmental health risks, and advocated for funding for environmental research.
“Margo’s accomplishments as a board president are innumerable. She was an iconic leader for the organization, in keeping with the tradition of passionate advocates who have led this organization since it was founded in 1991,” says Dr. Barbara Malkas, MBCC Board President. “Margo’s legacy of grace, strength, and commitment have been my guideposts in succeeding her in the role of board president. It was her continued support of MBCC’s mission, and of me personally, that served as my inspiration for continuing her work.”
“Margo was a guiding light for MBCC for nearly 12 years. To say she had an impact on the organization, on our staff, and the communities we serve is an understatement to the caliber of her passion, determination, and commitment as an advocate and leader. She was an integral part of the MBCC team, often working side by side with our staff, interns, board members, and volunteers on a daily basis. Despite facing considerable challenges, Margo never wavered in her determination,” says Cheryl Osimo, MBCC Executive Director.
“Margo was instrumental in shaping the MBCC organization that we know today. She had a vision for the role that the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition could play, not only for the citizens of Massachusetts but for the greater good. Through her actions and advocacy, she paved the way to change the world for future generations. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her and the community at large but her legacy will carry on,” Osimo reflected.
Margo Simon Golden’s friendship and dedication will be missed.
If you would like to honor her memory, in lieu of flowers, Margo and her family have requested that contributions be made to Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.
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,