We can do it! (Just like Rosie)

Putting my political cap on for HBOC WEEK:

I am not much into the Capital Hill political stuff. Actually, I stay far far away from that part of town but a really cool piece of legislation is up for vote that really doesn’t even matter whether you are an Elephant or more of a Donkey. =)

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Florida and a fellow BRCA1+ mutant and breast cancer survivor wants to help get the word out about Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer and she is using her political power, in a good way, to do just that. This week, FORCE and Wasserman Schultz’s office introduced HR#1522- legislation to establish national Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week and a national Previvor day.

The legislation calls for designating the last week of September which is already Ovarian cancer awareness month as “National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week” and Wednesday of that week as “National Previvor Day.” HBOC Week and Previvor Day will raise awareness of hereditary cancer, which will hopefully lead to more education, research and resources. By bringing more awareness of ones genetic predisposition to cancer, available risk management and treatment options, we can save many lives!

Help this legislation pass!

We need at least 100 co-sponsors so PLEASE call or send an email to your representative TODAY! I’ve made it really really easy for you.

There are two easy and fast steps:

  1. First, find your representative here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml (on their site you will find their phone number)
  2. Copy, paste, and send the email below:

Samples e-MAIL to your representative:

Dear Representative________________________:

I am writing to urge you to sign on as a co-sponsor of the legislation to establish Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week, HR#1522, introduced by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

The legislation calls for designating the last week of September as “National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week” and Wednesday of that week as “National Previvor Day.”

HBOC Week and Previvor Day will raise awareness of hereditary cancer, leading to more education, research and resources. Knowledge of a genetic predisposition to cancer, available risk management and treatment options can save lives!

A dear friend of mine is a carrier of the BRCA1 mutation and cancer has permeated her family for generations prior to their knowledge of the BRCA mutation. From her, I have learned a great deal about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer but this information is necessary for all women, and men, to understand the risk factors so they can take action of their own health. Knowledge is power and with the right information we can save lives in the future.

If you are willing to co-sponsor this bill, please contact Coby Dolan (Coby.Dolan@mail.house.gov) or Danielle Gilbert(Danielle.Gilbert@mail.house.gov) at Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz’s office.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Full Name
Address (Including City and State)

A phone call goes a LONG way

So I have been a little frustrated seeing as we only have 22 co-sponsors and need 100 by next Tuesday.  THIS BILL IS STRICTLY TO CREATE AWARENESS! so why aren’t people signing? My thought was that maybe they get 100,000 emails a day so maybe they are getting lost in the shuffle. I picked up the phone, called my rep (R-Frank Wolf), and got right to his legislative director. He has already sent me several emails and said he should want to sign. Long story short, it goes a long way to call.

Thank you in advance!

I greatly appreciate all of those that take a moment to help us pass this legislation whether through an email or a phone call.  I truly believe that with more information out there, many women (and men) will be able to take control of their health and prevent future cancer from striking their families. We really can save lives…one step at a time.

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One response to “We can do it! (Just like Rosie)

  1. Thanks for blogging about this! I did as well. It takes only a few minutes to send off the email. I’m sad to hear that we are so far away from our target goal. Have to keep trying though..

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