Source: Queens Gazette
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maloney organized a fundraiser for the lead Senate sponsor of her Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act and breast cancer survivor, Senator Heitkamp. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of their lifetime and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
With midterm elections just one week away, Maloney aims to encourage a new crop of Democratic candidates to focus on women’s health issues and research. As a lifelong advocate for women, Maloney is deeply passionate about this issue and is dedicated to fighting breast cancer and advocating for breast cancer research through the sale of commemorative coins.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act created a commemorative coin program at the US Mint, which has the potential to raise an estimated $8.5 million in private funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Maloney said, “Increased investment in research has helped us make great strides in fighting breast cancer, and breast cancer deaths have decreased by 40% over the last 25 years. Funds raised from this coin will help the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and bring us one step closer to eradicating breast cancer.”
Coins are on sale at the US Mint’s website until December 31. For information, visit: www.usmint.gov/learn/coin-and-medal-programs/commemorative-coins/breast-….
“I am so thrilled to have joined Jessica Ramos, Jessica Lappin, and women activists in support of Senator Heidi Heitkamp and breast cancer research. Senator Heitkamp is a fearless fighter for women’s rights and as a breast cancer survivor herself, she knows firsthand the importance of funding for research for women’s health issues. The legislation I authored and sponsored saves lives and can raise millions of dollars for breast cancer research and with support from women in government, I know we can continue to raise more. I look forward to ushering in a #BlueWave and working alongside fearless Democratic women like Jessica Ramos and Senator Heitkamp who will fight for women and women’s health!”
This year, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is funding $63 million in grants to more than 300 scientists across 14 countries, making it the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. BCRF is recognized as the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the country and a leading non-profit example of efficiency and transparency.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act was signed into law in 2016, and in honor of the pink ribbon that has become synonymous with the fight against breast cancer, the US Mint created its first ever “pink gold” coin for this program.