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Tigerlily’s Nov. 17 Congressional Reception To Boost Needed Breast Cancer Awareness In Young Women

Tigerlily’s Young Women’s Breast Health Initiative & Congressional Reception On November 17th To Boost Needed Awareness of Young Women and Breast Cancer

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 13, 2010) – With the passing of the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act legislation in March 2010, the Tigerlily Foundation will host a Young Women’s Breast Health Day on the Hill on November 17, 2010 to gather breast cancer survivors and supporters and empower young women to take control of their breast health.

Tigerlily Foundation was instrumental in the genesis and support of this important legislation. The EARLY Act proposes $9 million in funding per year for five years to launch a national breast cancer education campaign to address the risks young women face and provide resources for treatment, support and knowledge.

Media personality, Victoria Gaither will host the event. Keynote speakers include Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a breast cancer survivor and author of the EARLY Act (H.R. 1740; S.994) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler. Also, Joining is Founder/CEO of the Tigerlily Foundation, Maimah Karmo, who thanks the congressional sponsors for their support and pledges to “continue to make young women aware of their risks and be empowered advocates for their own health.”

The congressional reception will present expertise and knowledge from leading health practitioners and experts in the area of breast health for women under the age of 40. Renowned breast surgeon, Dr. Shawna Willey, MD, of Georgetown University’s Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Center will be joined by, Dr. Rachel Brem, Director of Breast Imaging at George Washington University, Dr. Freya Schnabel, MD, Director of Breast Surgery, NYU Clinical Cancer Center, speakers from the Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Facing Our Risk Empowered (FORCE), Bright Pink, the African Women Cancer Awareness Association, The Mautner Project, Sharsheret, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Integrative Health Center of Virginia, key Members of Congress, as well as breast cancer survivors and representatives from the Asian, Latino, Jewish, GLBT, Hispanic, African and African American community.

Washington Breast Reconstruction’s Dr. Venturi, who emphasizes that breast cancer patients should be informed about reconstructive options, is proud to sponsor Tigerlily Foundation’s efforts, stating, "Breast reconstruction is an essential part of the healing process and restores the patient's self-image.” “Women and men of all ages are invited to attend this event. Everyone knows a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend or loved one under 40 who could be impacted. We need the community’s presence at this event to continue spreading the word, states “Donna Guinn Kaufman, Vice President, Tigerlily Foundation.

The event is free and will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building Room 2168 on Capitol Hill. Donations are welcome. Fore more information about registration, sponsorship material or to donate, visit www.tigerlilyfoundation.org.

The Tigerlily Foundation’s mission is to educate, advocate, empower and provide hands-on support for young women affected by breast cancer – before, during and after. Reports from the National Cancer Institute show that breast cancer is the leading cause of death among American women, ages 15-54, and younger women tend to have more aggressive stages and higher mortality rates. According to startling statistics, more than 250,000 women in the U.S. under 40 will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, 11,000 women will be diagnosed within the next year and approximately 1,100 will lose their lives to the devastating disease. Tigerlily is dedicated to the demographic of young women, providing financial assistance, meals, buddies, empowerment and education. For more information, visit www.tigerlilyfoundation.org.

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