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Tressa Kirby

D.C. Leaders Join Breast Cancer Survivors, Advocates to Commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month at ‘Gift of Life’ Breakfast

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.) and D.C. Councilwomen Mary Cheh, Yvette Alexander and Muriel Bowser politically battle urban issues on a daily basis, but there’s one issue for which they have a special passion: to make sure women have access to affordable breast cancer screening services in our area. When it comes to breast cancer rates, the District leads the nation and is home to the highest cancer death rate.

Through the Capital Breast Cancer Center (CBCC), Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is fighting back to beat the grim statistics. That’s why the city representatives, including Cheh, a breast cancer survivor, will join the CBCC for its 4th annual “Gift of Life Breakfast” during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7th from 9:00 to 10:00 am at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW in Washington, D.C. Cheh, Alexander and Bowser will present the CBCC, with a D.C. Council Resolution to reduce the rate of breast cancer in the community. Rep. Holmes-Norton will give the keynote address.

CBCC, a community initiative of Georgetown Lombardi, is the only community-based breast cancer screening service in the city. CBCC provides comprehensive, culturally appropriate breast cancer screening services and promotes health and wellness to women in the D.C. metropolitan area, regardless of a woman’s ability to pay. Each month, more than 200 women in the District benefit from breast cancer screening and education services through CBCC.

“We’re so pleased to have the support of our local representatives; these women understand the devastating impact of breast cancer in our community, and in turn, help support our vital mission,” says CBCC Executive Director, Beth Beck.

Cheh herself understands just how personal breast cancer can be. She is grateful to the CBCC for offering free screening services to women who may otherwise go without. “Ward 3 has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the city,” says Cheh. “And, I am committed to getting the word out about the seriousness of this disease.” Cheh, who was diagnosed in 2008 with early-stage breast cancer, underwent a lumpectomy, and weeks of radiation therapy. She offers advice for all women: “Check yourself and act quickly. Take it to the next step; satisfy yourself so you know you don't have breast cancer, because if you do you, you need to act right away,” she says.

The CBCC’s services include breast health education, transportation, clinical breast exams, screening mammography, and navigation services for women who require follow-up. “The breakfast helps us raise critical funds needed to continue this Center,” says Beck. “It is vital that we continue this important work.” WUSA’s Angie Goff will serve as the emcee for the Breakfast. Attendees will enjoy a special performance by the Davey Yarborough Duke Ellington Singers. CareFirst, BlueCross Blue Shield is the presenting sponsor.

About CBCC

Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC) was founded in 2004 as a community initiative between the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Avon Foundation, and the Washington Hospital Center’s Center for Breast Health to address the issue of health disparities in breast cancer in Washington, DC. CBCC is the only community-based, licensed and accredited mammography facility in the Washington, DC area which provides comprehensive, culturally appropriate breast cancer screening services and health education to women in the DC metropolitan area, regardless of their ability to pay. Learn more at

About Georgetown 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

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 Georgetown 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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