I am writing to tell you about a unique and wonderful training program given by the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC: www.stopbreastcancer.org)
Project LEAD, the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund's premier science training course for activists, has created a revolution in the world of breast cancer research and public policy. The courses have prepared graduates to engage in the wide range of local and national forums where breast cancer decisions are made. Project LEAD graduates bring an educated consumer perspective and critical thinking skills to the important issues and controversies in breast cancer.
The National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund offers several different Project LEAD training courses. Each course focuses on preparing advocates to engage and effectively influence breast cancer decision-making within different types of local and national forums. The courses range from shorter introductory courses open to all to longer intensive courses in which students are chosen through a competitive application proces
Several courses are offered each year in different cities around the country. The August course is full, but the October course in LA will soon be registering applicants. The course itself is free; participants are responsible for transportation and hotel costs. There is scholarship money available. I have taken both the basic Project LEAD science course and a separate Project LEAD Clinical Trials course. In both instances, I learned more in a few days than I ever had. The work is intense, stimulating, very gratifying--and you meet amazing women (almost all of whom are breast cancer survivors) from all over the US and, often, other countries. Those relationships endure.
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Do consider attending. It will be a remarkable experience.