Thank you for an outstanding 2009! We need your support as we head into 2010.
Thank you for your generous support of the Breast Cancer Fund. Whether you’ve contributed your time, money or voice this year, you’ve been an integral part of bringing success to the Breast Cancer Fund’s work in 2009 to eliminate the environmental causes of the disease.
With a dedicated community of supporters like you, we were able to weather the financial storm. In January, we made difficult budget cuts but stayed focused on our mission-critical work: education, advocacy and coalition-building. This dedication to doing more with less resulted in big wins for breast cancer prevention, and primed us to create significant inroads toward reducing toxic exposures, greening our chemical system and lowering breast cancer risk in 2010.
In 2009, you helped the Breast Cancer Fund to:
- Get toxic bisphenol A (BPA) out of food and beverage containers: You supported the Breast Cancer Fund in leading national efforts to convince manufacturers to stop using BPA, educate the public about its risk, and help legislators craft strong protections for American families, including federal legislation introduced in March.
- Protect children from toxic toys: In February, the federal ban on phthalates in toys – which you helped us pass in 2008 – went into effect, protecting children from these plastic-softening chemicals linked to breast cancer and other health concerns.
- Set stronger federal standards for toxic chemicals: We were able to bring our prevention perspective to the coalition working to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and together hope to implement stronger federal standards for toxic chemicals. The Breast Cancer Fund also remains vigilant in working to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate products not covered by TSCA, including cosmetics.
- Track the links between pollution and diseases: With our support, Congress introduced critical legislation to create a national program combining data from disease registries, environmental pollution reporting and biomonitoring programs, which measures the presence of chemicals in your body, to connect the dots between environmental exposures and major health concerns.
- Publish our science work in a peer-reviewed journal: Your support also allowed us to publish the first peer-reviewed version of our landmark report, State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment, in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.
As we celebrate our achievements in 2009, we’re already looking to the critical work ahead in 2010, including a growing national campaign to ensure BPA is eliminated from all food and beverage containers. We need your support to make it happen, though.
Please make a tax-deductible gift to the Breast Cancer Fund before the year’s end and help us continue this critical work through 2010.
Your thoughtful gift today directly supports the Breast Cancer Fund’s advocacy and education initiatives. With your help, I know we can overcome the hurdles standing between us and a safe and healthy future.
Yours very truly,
Jeanne Rizzo, R.N.
President and CEO
Breast Cancer Fund
P.S. With your donation of $100 or more, you can give the meaningful gift of a prayer flag in honor or memory of a loved one touched by cancer. Donate today, and you’ll receive the flag in time for the holidays. A copy, with the name of your loved one, will fly on Mt. Shasta in June with Climb Against the Odds 2010!