Support for Washington Breast Health Program Brings Komen Advocates to Olympia
Annual Advocacy Day an opportunity to speak up for breast screening services
Yesterday, 21 members of the Komen Puget Sound community gathered for Advocacy Day in Olympia to encourage their legislators to support Washington’s Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP). Advocacy Day participants included Komen Puget Sound staff, breast cancer survivors and representatives of the Affiliate’s grantees including Cancer Lifeline, Franciscan Health Services, Mason General Hospital, Center for Multicultural Health, Familias Unidas and Willapa Bay Hospital.
The day was filled with productive meetings between Komen advocates and legislators from their respective districts. The goal was the restoration of $1.17 million in funding for the BCCHP program, a vital safety net for low-income and underserved women in Washington State, which was cut during the last session. If the cuts are implemented as scheduled in July, the Department of Health estimates 141 cancers could go undetected this year. Participants also advocated their senators to pass a bill supporting the creation of special breast cancer awareness license plates, which will raise funds for the BCCHP program. The House has already passed the bill.