By Rebecca Saltzman

At our October 15th virtual event, 30 Years of Radical Disruption and Compassionate Resistance, our three featured speakers will weave together the history and the future of Breast Cancer Action. Get your tickets today so you don’t miss this powerful lineup.

One of our original founding members will speak to our formative years, two groundbreaking racial justice health leaders will speak to the future of the movement, and our Interim Executive Director Marj Plumb will center BCAction in this work with an update on our current campaigns. See full details below. 

Breast Cancer Action's 30th Anniversary Event Logo. Features a woman holding a megaphone and text that reads "30 years Radical Disruption. Compassionate Resistance.

30 Years of Radical Disruption and Compassionate Resistance
Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST
In your home and hundreds of locations across the country via Zoom
Tickets start at $30

About our speakers:

  • Belle Shayer is the only surviving founder of Breast Cancer Action. Belle was initially treated for breast cancer in 1984 and was told she was cured. When her cancer recurred in 1988, she felt shattered, frightened, and furious. However, she did her homework, studied her pathology reports, and told her doctor she wanted a second lumpectomy rather than the mastectomy he recommended. He balked, so she found another doctor who did not. Belle Shayer turned from breast cancer patient to breast cancer advocate as a result and to this day, she advocates on behalf of Breast Cancer Action. Belle will share some stories from the early days of the organization.
  • Dr. Monique Gary is board certified, fellowship-trained Breast Surgical Oncologist and Medical Director of the Grand View Health/Penn Cancer Network Cancer Program in Sellersville, PA, where she also serves as director of the Breast Program. In addition to receiving numerous awards and accolades, she is currently the only black breast cancer surgeon in the state of Pennsylvania. (She can be heard weekly as the co-host of “The Doctor is IN”, a live web series on along with Ricki Fairley.)
  • Ricki Fairley is the co-founder and CEO of Touch BBCA (the Black Breast Cancer Alliance). Ricki is a founding member of #BlackDataMatters, which, in partnership with Ciitizen, encourages and elevates the importance of Black women participating in clinical trial research. She also serves as an Ambassador and Advisor for the Live Humanly Campaign and works with drug companies to provide the patient advocate voice for breast cancer drug development. Together, Ricki and Dr. Gary will talk about healthcare disparities in breast cancer treatment and research.
  • Before stepping in to lead Breast Cancer Action, Marj Plumb served for over forty years in senior management and consulting positions with a variety of non-profit organizations working in health, mental health and substance abuse, economic justice, environmental justice, education, LGBT rights, violence prevention, and social justice/civil rights. Marj also consulted with the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) for over ten years, providing training in community-based participatory research for community and scientific partners, and facilitated CBCRP’s Special Research Initiatives planning innovative research on the environmental causes and disparities in breast cancer. Marj will give an inspiring update about our 2020 Think Before Your Pink® campaign.

We can’t wait to see you, so get your individual tickets or become a sponsor now!