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LA breast cancer activist honored with Survivor Circle Award
Date:10/16/2007

ness of breast cancer in young women. Her mission is to prevent more women from being misdiagnosed strictly because of their age and not fitting the profile. She is a Project LEAD graduate and is actively involved in the Young Survival Coalition, American Cancer Society, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, and the Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance, as well as other organizations. Ms. LaRue has also attended the National Breast Cancer Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C., testifying in front of Congress for the past two years as one of the youngest of 600 women lobbying for passage of the National Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act. While receiving radiation therapy treatments at UCLA, Ms. LaRue was a participant in the award winning documentary The Quiet War, a movie profiling five diverse women living with Metastatic Breast Cancer.

I wish I would have heard about someone like me, at my age, getting breast cancer before I got sick, Ms. La Rue said. That is why I am so dedicated and passionate about truly branding breast cancer in younger women. There are new voices, new faces affected by this disease and people need to pay urgent attention to the messagethis could happen to you, too!

The Survivor Circle was established in 2003 as a way for ASTRO to give back to the cities that it visits during its Annual Meeting. Each year, ASTRO partners with two local organizations to establish relationships with patient advocacy organizations and radiation oncologists and to raise money to support these groups in their work to help people living with cancer and their loved ones. This year ASTRO has partnered with The Wellness Community South Bay Cities and Vital Options International.

The ASTRO Annual Meeting is the premier scientific meeting in radiation oncology and attracts more than 11,000 oncologists of all disciplines, physicists, biologists, nurses and other healthcare prof
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Contact: Beth Bukata
bethb@astro.org
703-839-7332
American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
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