Since its creation in 1995, MBCW has quickly become
a recognized leader in the effort to find the causes of breast cancer.
Accomplishments for the organization include:
- MBCW was the first organization to inform the community that Marin
County is an area with a history of high incidence and mortality rates.
- MBCW is the only Bay Area breast cancer organization actively participating
in research on the causes of breast cancer, and has created a model
for incorporating community input into research projects.
- MBCW was the first organization to complete and publish in a peer-reviewed
journal a Marin County Study funded by the California Breast Cancer
Research Program on Adolescent Risk Factors and the Development of Breast
- MBCW co-sponsored a Town Hall meeting in October 2002 with the National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences titled, "Voices for
a Healthy Community: Breast Cancer and the Environment."
- The Town Hall meeting led to the formation of a Bay Area group comprised
of researchers, scientists and community groups who came together to
submit a proposal for the creation of a Bay Area research center focused
on breast cancer and the environment. The Center was awarded on October
2003. MBCW will lead the community outreach portion of the Center.
- This initial MBCW Adolescent Risk Factors Study spawned additional
research studies and new collaborations among MBCW, University of California,
San Francisco (UCSF), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and
the Marin County Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHS). The
studies sought to:
- Describe the breast cancer incidence in Marin County (DHHS)
- Describe the breast cancer risk factor distributions in Marin
- Further study if living in Marin is a breast cancer risk factor
- Develop an environmental database for Marin County (MBCW)
- Facilitate information exchange between breast cancer research
and the community (MBCW/DHHS)
- Investigate the feasibility of other projects and identify priorities
future activities (DHHS)
- Pilot the Personal Environmental Risk Factor Study (LBNL/MBCW/UCSF)
- MBCW created the Adolescent Breast Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction
and Education Project in 2003 to reach out to adolescent girls in the
community and motivate them to reduce future breast cancer risk by practicing
- MBCW created the annual Honor Thy Healer awards ceremony in 1999 to
recognize and share the stories of amazing members of the community
who have helped women with breast cancer during their healing process.
The event is widely seen as one of the most inspirational and moving
celebrations in Marin.
- MBCW created the Dipsea Hike/Run in honor of Annie Fox, a MBCW board
member who lost her own battle with cancer in 2002. The event is designed
to honor Annie and highlight the importance of exercise in the fight
against breast cancer. The event takes place on the famed Dipsea trail
on Mt. Tamalpais.
- MBCW played a major role in working with the Marin County Health Department
and others to advocate for state and federal breast cancer research
funds to come to Marin County, including $250,000 from the state and
$250,000 from the Centers for Disease Control in fiscal year 2000 and
$500,000 from the federal government for 2003.
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