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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2009


CONTACT:

Tressa Kirby
202-687-8865
tk275@georgetown.edu


Washington’s Leading Ladies Join “Gift of Life Breakfast” Supporting the Capital Breast Care Center


What: 3rd Annual Gift of Life Breakfast supporting the Capital Breast Care Center

When: Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 2009; 9:00 - 10:00 am

Where: Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC

Who: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), a breast cancer survivor, will deliver the keynote address. Washington D.C.’s First Lady Michelle Cross Fenty will also share personal stories of how breast cancer has touched their lives and the ways they are working to raise awareness and take action.

Why: The District of Columbia has the second highest death rate from breast cancer in the nation. The Capital Breast Care Center, a community initiative of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the only community-based breast cancer screening clinic in the DC metropolitan area, provides comprehensive, culturally appropriate breast cancer screening, regardless of their ability to pay. Each month, more than 200 women in the District receive breast cancer screening and education services from CBCC.

About CBCC
The Capital Breast Care Center is a community initiative of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. It is the only community-based breast cancer screening clinic in the DC metropolitan area, providing comprehensive, culturally appropriate breast cancer screening, regardless of a woman’s ability to pay. Each month, more than 200 medically underserved women in the District receive breast cancer screening and critical information about breast health from the CBCC. The Capital Breast Care Center is made possible through a generous gift from the Avon Foundation to the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and grant funding from the Washington, DC Department of Health. Learn more at http://www.capitalbreastcare.org.

About Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital, seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future. Lombardi is one of only 40 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, and the only one in the Washington, DC, area. For more information, go to http://lombardi.georgetown.edu.

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through Georgetown’s affiliation with MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.





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