"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
"Just because you can’t do everything doesn’t mean you can’t do anything."
"It has become even more vital to me to advocate for better research, to change the conversation about what is done and how it is done."
"Breast cancer does not need a color…pink…nor does it need a month…October. Breast cancer needs a cure!"
"It is not only influential people whose voices are needed. All our voices are needed. Each one of us can make a difference."
~ Dr. Jane Goodall
Did You Know?
30% is the amount that screening reduces dying from breast cancer in women ages 50-69.
National Cancer Institute
What is Michigan Breast Cancer Coalition (MiBCC)?
MiBCC is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to persuading lawmakers to do everything possible to end breast cancer, including to support research funding that focuses on how to prevent breast cancer morbidity and mortality.
- Educate: To be effective advocates, we need to be educated about breast cancer.
- Advocate: To increase our access, credibility, and influence with lawmakers, we need members and advocates from every Michigan district.
- Eradicate: Together, we can ensure that our nation’s limited research dollars are leveraged to identify promising new opportunities, tools, technologies and ideas to end breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in women in the US, and Michigan counties have some of the highest breast cancer incidence rates in the country.
Did You Know?
It is our lawmakers who decide how much of the federal budget is allocated to research!
In 2013, only 16% of grant applications were funded. In 2000, 33% were funded. Promising research has been halted, researchers have been discouraged from entering the field, and patient access to lifesaving clinical trials has been reduced.
Welcome To MiBCC – Message from the President
Greetings from Michigan Breast Cancer Coalition. We are your voice in Michigan for statewide and national legislative issues that affect breast cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment.
Fran Visco, President of National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), has taught us that breast cancer is a political issue and it is up to all of us to make sure that our voices are heard on how research funds are allocated to find a cure for breast cancer. That is the goal of MiBCC….to educate, advocate and eradicate breast cancer. We at MiBCC are proud to represent Michigan residents in Lansing and in Washington, DC to make sure that our senators and representatives do everything possible to help us prevent breast cancer morbidity and mortality. In order to increase our access, credibility, and influence with lawmakers, we need members and advocates from every Michigan district.
Advocacy is one of the ways we can help the people of our state. On September 16, 2013 Gov. Rick Snyder signed the landmark bill, HB 4714 into law “Healthy Michigan Law” surround by by people whose lives have been affected by illness, as well as small business owners and those that worked to get this bill signed. The Michigan Primary Care Association applauded Gov. Snyder, the leadership of both houses as well the workers such as Michigan Breast Cancer Coalition (MiBCC) for their work on this legislation earlier this summer and throughout the process. We are proud of our achievements and we will keep you posted on our website on what is happening locally and nationally when it comes to health care and breast cancer.
Should you have any questions or input, we would be happy to hear from you. Please contact us and I will personally respond to you without delay.
~Maria W. Lyzen, RN, MPH President, MiBCC