Young Women’s Breast Health Day

Young Women’s Breast Health Day
May 13, 2015 Alene Nitzky

Tigerlily YWBHD June 17 2015 (717x1024)I am sharing this information from Maimah Karmo, the founder of the Tiger Lily Foundation, which is a nonprofit advocacy organization for the needs of young people with breast cancer.

Even if you cannot attend, please visit their website for information and great resources!

Dear friends,

On June 17th, from 12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m, Tigerlily Foundation will be hosting its 4th Annual Young Women’s Breast Health Day on the Hill panel and luncheon discussion, and we would welcome having you attend, as we share work that key healthcare organizations are doing to impact the lives of young breast cancer survivors.  We will also have breast cancer survivors who will be sharing their stories. The event will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-338, 45 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.  To register, visit our event website.  We welcome young breast cancers to attend, connect and meet other young survivors.

Event Overview

The Young Women’s Breast Health Day on the Hill event, which will occur on Capitol Hill will convene Members of Congress and congressional staff, policymakers, corporate healthcare entities, and advocacy and health care organizations to raise much-needed awareness about the unique issues facing young women with breast cancer.  This briefing also will feature speakers who will discuss their efforts to outreach to the YBCS community, providing education and awareness; as well as highlight what is being done to impact those at high risk and facing disparities.

Event Background

Tigerlily Foundation’s Young Women’s Breast Health Day on the Hill was first held in 2009, in response to creating additional advocacy and awareness about the issues young breast cancer survivors faced.  The Young Women’s Breast Health Day was launched after Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz signed into law the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act in 2010, which created an education and outreach campaign administered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight the breast cancer risks facing young women and women of higher-risk ethnic and racial backgrounds, while empowering them with the tools they need to fight the disease. The EARLY Act also targets health care providers with education and information to ensure they are better equipped to detect breast cancer in young women.  The CDC has accomplished numerous objectives through the Advisory Committee, enacted to oversee the work of the EARLY Act. This work includes identifying gaps in education and awareness among young women and health care providers; working to increase the quality of life of YBCS in terms of helping them cope with unique challenges they face, including fertility preservation, and long-term survivorship challenges, implementing social media campaigns to reach young women at risk, implementing a media campaign and through giving grants to organizations focused on helping YBCS.

Event Goals

Our goal is that this event further engages the healthcare community and stakeholders in the work being done for YBCS, and creates additional collaborations, partnerships and opportunities to reach more young women, healthcare providers and the community in general with critical information.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Warmest Regards,


Maimah Karmo

President/CEO Tigerlily Foundation

“Educating, Advocating for, Empowering and Supporting  Young Women – Before, During and After Breast Cancer”

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