The Colorado Breast Cancer Coalition (CBCC) serves as a change agent for cancer patients, caregivers and communities by working toward access to quality health care for all and providing accurate breast cancer education. We work to change the world of breast cancer in the areas of education, access to quality care, policy and research.
Colorado Breast Cancer Coalition History
Petition signing campaigns in 1991 and 1993 (Do the Write Thing and Campaign ’93, both of which urged the federal government to increase funding for breast cancer research) in and around the Boulder and Denver metropolitan regions on behalf of the National Breast Cancer Coalition were the first organized efforts undertaken by the volunteers who later joined forces to become the Colorado Breast Cancer Coalition. The first organized group was that of the Boulder Breast Cancer Coalition; the Colorado Breast Cancer Coalition (CBCC) organized out of that group into an independent organization.
At the time of its inception in the early ‘90’s the major function of the CBCC was to eradicate breast cancer through education, information and legislation. The CBCC ran an information hotline which included peer counseling, its members originated and for many years published the Colorado Breast Cancer Resources Directory and conducted two educational conferences and ran an active legislative alert network. Throughout, CBCC collaborated with other cancer organizations in the metropolitan area.
The Coalition remained closely connected to the National Breast Cancer Coalition throughout the years as that organization had always been focused on research results, education and policy as the primary tools through which to move towards eradication of breast cancer.
The Colorado Breast Cancer Coalition’s activities diminished for a number of years beginning in 2001. The legislative alert network continued and expanded. In fact, that network became statewide. More network members eventually began to attend the National Breast Cancer Coalition Annual Advocacy Conference. In May 2008, the individuals who attended that Conference discussed the importance of revitalizing CBCC. The consensus was that a gap existed among the breast cancer organizations present in Colorado; a gap that still needed to be filled. Thus, the Colorado Breast Cancer Coalition is growing again as a collaborative agency with a similar intent as that of the original organization – serves as a change agent for cancer patients, caregivers and communities by working toward access to quality health care for all and providing accurate breast cancer education. In addition you should see a greater focus on all of Colorado.
- Betty Barbour – Do the Write Thing Campaign
- Anne Weiher – Boulder Breast Cancer Coalition; Colorado Breast Cancer Coalition & NBCC State Captain
- Donna Baker – Colorado Breast Cancer Coalition & NBCC Alternate
- Darlene Matthews – Colorado Breast Cancer Coalition President
- Vicki Tosher – Ran Legislative Alert Network 2001 – 2007; NBCC Field Coordinator 2000 – Present
- Marisa Burt – Colorado Breast Cancer Coalition Treasurer