Delaware Federal Lawmakers Support Legislation to End Breast Cancer

Lawmakers Co-Sponsor Legislation to Support the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Deadline 2020

DOVER, DE (October 28, 2015)— The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is pleased to announce that Congressman John Carney, Senator Tom Carper, and Senator Chris Coons have declared their support as Co-Sponsors for the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (S. 746/ H.R. 1197). The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act is a bipartisan bill that will focus on identifying strategies for primary prevention, stopping women and men from getting breast cancer, and understanding and preventing metastasis—the spread of cancer—which is responsible for 90% of breast cancer deaths.

 

The Deadline Breast Cancer Coalition supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s advocacy efforts to know how to end Breast Cancer by January 1, 2020. Through research, access and influence, the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s efforts are both ambitious and achievable.

 

“More than 750 Delawareans will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and thousands more across the country will lose their battle with this deadly disease,” Senator Coons said. “Innovative research has transformed breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, but breast cancer rates have continued to rise, and women today face a greater risk of contracting the disease than they did four decades ago. It’s time to scale up our efforts to combat this disease, so we can move closer to our goal of eliminating breast cancer by 2020. It is clear that ending breast cancer is beyond a political issue. It is up to the leaders of this nation to work together to support the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act so we can end morbidity and mortality due to this disease.”

 

According to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Executive Director Vicky Cooke, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act is one major step needed to achieve the Deadline. “I am a breast cancer survivor and I am a proud mother and grandmother. I support Deadline 2020 so my children and my grandchildren won’t have to face breast cancer and we can stop losing our loved ones to this horrific disease. I don’t want to cure it, because a cure implies you have to get it. I want to end it. And in Delaware, we are proud and grateful to have one hundred percent support from our Congressional leaders.”

 

To learn more about Deadline 2020 or the National Breast Cancer Coalition, visit http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org.

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About DBCC:

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its mission is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.

Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes and those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care.

DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition and their research efforts by helping to facilitate participation in local clinical trials. All funds raised for DBCC support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.

For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at www.debreastcancer.org.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Featuring: Grettel Huber

Grettel Huber is 51 years old and was born in Costa Rica. She has lived in the United States for half her life and is now a proud citizen. She is a divorced, single mother of a 21 year old amazing daughter, a Dean’s List Student at UD!

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Grettel was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October of 2010. That day was probably the saddest day of her life – for about 3 hours only! It didn’t last long because she decided that with the help of God, her life would be a positive and healthy one. She had a series of biopsies and the week before Christmas her chemotherapy began. It lasted 16 weeks. Christmas day of 2010 she began losing her hair. Of her hair Grettel says, “it was one of my best attributes and still is!”

When Grettel began losing her hair she decided to call a friend who is a hair dresser. She came her to home and cut it short (not bald) instead of waiting for it to fall out. Surprisingly, it didn’t fall out completely, but she wore wigs to work in the interim. Grettel actually had fun with the wigs, and why not… some women wear them for fun!

Another surprise was that Grettel didn’t get sick with her chemo sessions. Instead, she got insomnia. So, the days that she had her 5-hour chemo sessions (always on a Friday), she went out with friends and danced all night long. Grettel also went to the gym 5 times a week and did pretty hard cardio. Her belief was – the stronger I made the blood run through my veins, the faster the Cancer would be eliminated. This was Grettel’s theory only, but one of her Oncologist loved it, too.

In April of 2011, Grettel had her Lumpectomy, which came back clear! As Grettel says, “No Cancer, God is amazing!”. Lymph Nodes were also clear. About a week later her radiation sessions began. She was told that the skin around her breast would burn, but it didn’t happen. Grettel jokes, “I sure got a tan! I wanted to tan the other breast but the radiologist didn’t allow me…”

Grettel’s cancer was “a blessing in disguise”. It made her see how precious life is, that people really do care, and it made her appreciate her family and friends much more. She began telling everyone how much she loves them. She felt God with her even more. Grettel says, “He is always with us, at ALL times. I know God has more things for me to do in this beautiful world.  Cancer touches us deeply in a way that no one else can understand.”

DBCC is pleased to recognize Grettel Huber for Hispanic Heritage Month and share her message of gratitude and survivorship with our community!

As Grettel says, “Life is wonderful, four years cancer free; living each day to the fullest – helping others and loving everyone.”