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Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Norris Cotton Cancer Center Bring Together 2008 Presidential Spouses, Doctors, Researchers and Advocates at Leadership Summit on Breast Cancer
Date:11/6/2007

Giuliani, Kucinich Attend New Hampshire Event Covering State of Breast Cancer, Issues Affecting Research and Public Policies Needed to Fight

Breast Cancer and Find Cures

LEBANON, N.H., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure today hosted a Leadership Summit on Breast Cancer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The summit was the thirteenth of 25 Komen Community Challenge events taking place around the nation, and brought together dozens of elected officials, breast cancer experts, advocates and survivors to share information, raise awareness, and mobilize New Hampshire voters to challenge the 2008 Presidential candidates to make breast cancer a priority.

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Judith Giuliani and Elizabeth Kucinich participated in the Summit, providing insight into how their White House would make fighting cancer a priority. The Summit also included the presentation of over 1,500 signed postcards from New Hampshire voters ready to engage the 2008 candidates on the issue.

"We've made enormous progress over the past 25 years, but there is still a great divide between what happens in the lab and what the patient can access," said Hala Moddelmog, Susan G. Komen for the Cure president and CEO. "There is exciting work taking place at institutions like Norris Cotton, but in order to find the cures for breast cancer, we need leaders who are committed to making the fight against breast cancer a national priority."

As host of the nation's first presidential primary, New Hampshire voters can significantly impact the 2008 Presidential candidates' agenda. Recognizing the important role public policy plays in the fight against breast cancer, Komen recently launched the "I Vote for the Cure" campaign (http://www.ivoteforthecure.org) to educate voters and to ask the 2008 Presidential candidates to address three critical, commonsense goals: 1) More Research -- and better ways to ensure that critical advances in the laboratory reach patients; 2) Free Screening -- so that every low-income, uninsured, and underinsured woman in America has access to early detection and 3) Treatment for all -- to make sure that all women diagnosed with breast cancer have access to high quality treatment.

"As citizens of one of the country's most powerful primary states, New Hampshire voters can take a stand," said Matt Moore, Komen for the Cure senior policy advisor. "When asked by campaign staffers what they care about, Komen encourages voters to say, "I Vote for the Cure."

The statistics are alarming: one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. And, low-income women are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer and are three times more likely to die from the disease.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

About the Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

The Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure -- along with those who generously support us with their talent, time and resources -- is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our community. We join more than 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Komen Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate stay in the area while the remaining income goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program supporting research, awards and educational and scientific programs around the world. Visit us online at http://www.vtcure.org.


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