Screening Saves Lives Campaign
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) provides free mammogram and Pap Test to low income uninsured women. African American and Latina women rely on this program more than any other group because they are more likely to be uninured. In February, Governor Rauner proposed to cut IBCCP by 71% for fiscal year 2016. These cuts will prevent many women from getting their recommended annual cancer screenings.
Advocacy Day 2016 will be held on Thursday, May 12th!
We are calling all Fierce Ladies and Gents to join the Task Force as we embark on our Annual Advocacy Day to let our voices be heard for the sake of all Illinois women!
We are urging the Illinois Governor and General Assembly to fund IBCCP at an effective funding level immediately. The budget impasse leaves the health of Illinois women in the balance. This is unacceptable! Frequent screening and early detection of cancer saves lives and is cost-effective – a win-win for everyone!
As part of the Screening Saves Lives Campaign, the Fierce Ladies in Pink travel to Springfield for our Annual Advocacy Day. Advocates meet with elected officials to educate them on the importance of IBCCP to their communities. The trip is open to anyone who is passionate about health equity and reducing the disparity in breast cancer mortality for women of color.
Registration is required. Buses will be departing for Springfield at approximately 6:00am from various locations in Chicago. Registration is now open for this event! Sign up today!
For more information or to learn about other ways to participate as an advocate, please email us at Advocacy@chicagobreastcancer.org or call Ariel Thomas at 312-942-0335.