NBCC and Project LEAD
The National Breast Cancer Coalition (www.breastcancerdeadline2020.0rg) is sometimes described as "The Thinking Woman's breast cancer organization." Not meant to be disparaging of other important groups, I do think that this is an apt description. Dedicated to research, advocacy, and education, NBCC spends no money on pink ribbons.
One of their stellar efforts is Project LEAD, a multi-day course, given several times each year in different cities, is Breast Cancer 101 for advocates. I attended several years ago and have subsequently gone to a couple of "post grad"courses. Each time, I have learned more in a few days than at any other period in my life, have met wonderful women, and come home feeling informed and energized.
This is information about the next course which will take place in Seattle (haven't you always wanted a chance to visit there?) in October. Note that there is scholarship money available, but that the deadline for that application is quite soon. Do consider attending, either this time or some other time when it may be closer to home.
2011 Seattle Project LEAD Workshop
Date: Friday, October 21, 2011 - Sunday, October 23 2011
The Westin Seattle
The Project LEAD Workshop is an introductory level, two-and-a-half day course, open to all NBCC members interested in learning the basic biological concepts of breast cancer, the fundamentals of research design, and the skills to be critical readers of the breast cancer science in the media every day. Graduates of this program will be able to better explain this information to colleagues, friends and family. Taught by a renowned research faculty, this is a unique opportunity for those interested in learning more about working as an NBCC research advocate. Successful graduates of the workshop may go on to apply to the Project LEAD Institute for more intensive training.
Tuition is free to NBCC members, and includes all workshop materials and meals for two-and-a-half days. Participants must attend the entire workshop.
Apply online today! Registrants must complete a registration form by October 14, 2011. If a registrant intends to apply for a scholarship, the form must be submitted prior to September 13, 2011.
Parking and lodging scholarships are also available for applicants in financial need. Scholarship applications (attached to registration) are available below and must be submitted by September 13, 2011. Notification of scholarship status will be sent by September 20, 2011.