Since spending time last Spring in DC lobbying Congress with some of the women from Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance (LABCA) and the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), I've been motivated to get even more involved in the fight against breast cancer. I had many ideas bottling up inside my brain, but now I had to figure out a way to have one of them develop into something great. I'm 15 so I wanted my idea to impact the entire world, but I realize I have time for that. For now I'll focus on reaching out to my peers. I wanted to advocate to a younger audience and teach them what I had learned. After all, they say knowledge is power, and what better way to reach out to your peers than get them involved in a great idea.
My freshman year began at Beverly Hills High School and "pre-club week" arrived. I wanted to develop a "mini LABCA" - a group of my peers that would make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. I now had one week to prepare for this vision. I had to get qualified rights and approval while making signs and finding trusted board members. Students, teachers and the principal thought this was a wonderful idea. Now that the dust has settled, I'm happy to say that my club, The Teen Breast Cancer Alliance of Beverly Hills High School, or TBCA, has about 20 committed members.
Right now we're in the early stage of getting our ideas out and trying to get organized. We know that our goals are to:
- raise money to donate to LABCA in order to help the uninsured and underinsured women who desperately need services;
- raise money so that some of us can possibly lobby Congress next year with LABCA; and
- advocate to our community the importance of our work and our fight for those things we need to put an end to this awful disease.
In the end, we are all in this group together and I know we will do the best we can to learn, to pass on our knowledge, and to make a difference.
Editors Note: Stay tuned for updates on the advocacy work of the Teen Breast Cancer Alliance of Beverly Hills High School.