Metastatic Breast Cancer Network applauds and supports the efforts of National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) to establish a 2020 Deadline to End Breast Cancer. In your recent op-ed piece in the Boston Globe, you laid out a cogent argument for why we need to approach breast cancer with a deadline and a co-ordinated, bold plan, reminiscent of President Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon in a decade.
Dear Fran Visco (President of NBCC)
I have to echo MBCN's sentiments--I am glad the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) clarified its metastatic stance for the 2020 Deadline to End Breast Cancer. Thank you, Fran Visco and NBCC team. The late Ellen Moskowitz, MBCN's long-time president, specifically addressed this issue when she resigned last year: “We need to keep this awareness growing,” Moskowitz wrote. “We need to speak up and not allow MBC to be put on the back burner. We need to ensure that National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) includes research to STOP metastatic spread—and not just to prevent metastatic spread. So much has changed for us since I was diagnosed. I am so proud to have been a contributing factor to this change. We are bonded and our voice is louder than ever–we are actually being heard!” Amen.