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First Annual Congressional Women's Softball Game to Benefit the Young Survival Coalition
Date:7/9/2009

WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women lawmakers will participate in the first Congressional Women's Softball Game, a bi-partisan and bi-cameral event, to be held on Tuesday, July 14 at Guy Mason Field. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:35 pm. Proceeds from the game will help the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) continue its fight to educate and support young women living with breast cancer.

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle and Capitol, including Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), will be competing against Democratic and Republican political committee staff from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Republican National Committee (RNC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

"I can't tell you how appreciative we are that the women of both the House and Senate recognize the importance of education and support for young women with breast cancer," said Marcia Stein, chief executive officer, YSC. "More than 28,000 women under the age of 45 will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Initiatives like the congressional women's softball game will enable YSC to continue to touch thousands of lives and be there for women who need us."

Organizer of the event, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year at the age of 41. Wasserman Shultz recently introduced the EARLY (Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young) Act to Congress, legislation which seeks nine million dollars annually from 2010 to 2014 to educate the public, particularly young women and their doctors, about the need for a much earlier approach to breast cancer detection.

The legislation would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to begin educational campaigns in high schoo
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