Legislative Support

In order to make real progress in the Deadline 2020 Campaign, we need the support of our elected officials at all levels. WBCC has been talking to our Wisconsin officials for three years and we are pleased that so many of them have stepped up to publicly endorse the Breast Cancer Deadline.

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Tammy BaldwinFrom (now) Senator Tammy Baldwin:

Statement of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) On Breast Cancer Deadline 2020

“When President Kennedy said, in the spring of 1961, that our nation should commit itself to landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth before the decade was out, he created a sense of urgency.  The deadline he set helped harness the energy, the resources, and the national resolve to successfully accomplish that goal.  The need to end breast cancer is urgent.  It is urgent if we are to end the scourge of this disease before it takes your life, or that of your spouse, your child, your co-worker, your neighbor, your friend.

Deadlines create a sense of urgency and that is why Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 is so valuable. A deadline gives us a vision of a goal line and pushes us harder to get there.  I applaud WBCC’s commitment to reach the goal of beating breast cancer before the decade is out.”


Herb KohlFrom former Senator Herb Kohl:

I applaud the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) on its efforts to put a deadline on ending breast cancer.  The Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 will help create a needed sense of urgency. While this is an ambitious goal, I believe it can and must be achieved. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the United States, but recent developments in screening and treatment are credited in reducing breast cancer mortality. We still have a long way to go, and we must continue to aggressively support efforts to end breast cancer, while improving breast cancer treatment, raising awareness, funding education programs and investing in biomedical research.


Paul RyanFrom Congressman Paul Ryan – 1st Congressional District:

First District Congressman Paul Ryan offered the following statement in support of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s, Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 initiative.

“Countless Americans and their families, mine included, have been impacted by cancer and are acutely aware of not only the effects of this terrible disease, but also why finding a cure is so important. Efforts to combat breast cancer are taking place every day across the country- from kitchen tables to laboratories, from hospitals to the Halls of Congress. While there’s no doubt that we are making advancements every day in the fight to prevent, treat, and eradicate breast cancer; we know more must be done.

Ending the tragedy of breast cancer once and for all is an ambitious undertaking, one that will require the time and talents of our nation’s scientists, advocates, doctors, and others. To accomplish this goal, everyone will have a role to play and it will take organizations, like the National Breast Cancer Coalition, doing their part to “change the conversation” and to keep the momentum moving toward finding a cure sooner, rather than later.

Working with the National Breast Cancer Coalition and witnessing firsthand their passion to see a nation without cancer, I am confident they will meet the goals of their Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 initiative. I’m grateful for all the work that the National Breast Cancer Coalition has done and will continue to do in our nation’s ongoing efforts to end cancer.”


Sean Duffy“On behalf of all of the fathers of little girls out there, I am fully behind the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020.”

U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) offered the following statement in support of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s goal to beat Breast Cancer by 2020:

“Breast cancer truly affects everyone. If you haven’t had it yourself, you can name a family member or close friend who has. One in eight women will contract some form of breast cancer in their lifetime. Recently, my wife and I welcomed our fifth daughter into the world. To think that through research, education, support, and continued momentum, our girls might not have to worry about this terrible disease is a thought that lets me rest a little easier at night.

“I’m so grateful for the work the National Breast Cancer Coalition is doing. On behalf of all of the fathers of little girls out there, I am fully behind the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020. I look forward to January 1, 2020, when I hope we can stand together and say triumphantly, ‘we have beat Breast Cancer!’”


Mark PocanStatement of Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) On Breast Cancer Deadline 2020

I stand as a strong advocate for the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) Breast Cancer Deadline 2020. We have made invaluable strides in cancer treatment, but finding a cure requires maintaining our investments in research. The Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 aims to do just that and put an end to this terrible disease.

As a Member of Congress I will continue to work with the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition (WBCC) to ensure access to quality screening services for all Wisconsinites and increase the level of investment in breast cancer research funding. I am grateful for all the work the WBCC has done for breast cancer patients and their families, and I applaud WBCC’s commitment to reach the goal of beating breast cancer before the end of the decade.


Gwen MooreFrom Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04)

Support for the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 – September 21, 2011

I have pledged my strong support for the goals of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) newly launched initiative, Breast Cancer Deadline 2020, and I encourage all of my colleagues – on both sides of the aisle – to join me. This initiative represents an historic commitment to dedicating the resources, expertise, and strategic planning we need to end breast cancer, once and for all. Breast cancer has affected too many of my constituents, family members and friends to count, and caused far too much heartache. We can no longer tolerate stagnant rates of incidence and mortality. We must generate the will, and the investment we need, to eliminate breast cancer within the next decade….

NBCC’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 campaign holds the promise of a new and improved approach to ending breast cancer. This is not an easy task, but with this kind of renewed energy and committment, I have faith that we can get the job done. I know that the NBCC will wage a smart, well-organized fight in the next few years. I look forward to doing whatever I can to lend my voice and support for this campaign.


Reid Ribble  (WI-8) Statement on Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 Initiative

“Modern American society wasn’t created overnight. It was crafted, constructed, and refined by taking what most people thought was impossible and making it possible. In just a half-century, we went from traveling by horse and buggy to landing a man on the moon 240,000 miles away. We did that by setting goals and then blowing them away. America has shown over and over again that everything is possible, it only takes a committed effort.

That commitment is no small task however. It will take our nation’s best doctors, scientists, and researchers to commit themselves to solving one of our world’s largest problems — cancer. After talking with the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition, I fully support their efforts to tackle this dreaded disease and I encourage others – regardless of their political party or persuasion – to join them.”


Tom PetriFrom Congressman Tom Petri (WI-06)

I want to commend the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) for its work to “change the conversation” about breast cancer through its Breast Cancer Deadline 2020.  I have signed the Congressional Declaration of Support for this initiative.

It is estimated that 261,100 women and 1,970 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.  In that same year, 39,840 women and 390 men died of the disease, which translates to one death every 14 minutes.  While breast cancer mortality has been dropping, the pace has been much too slow: In 1991, 119 women in the U.S. died of breast cancer every day, while in 2010 that number was 110.

The stakes are too high to continue the current trend.  Thousands have already lost their lives to this terrible disease, and sadly thousands more may lose their lives in the next decade if more progress is not made quickly.  January 1, 2020, is an ambitious but necessary target if we are to finally end the tragedy of breast cancer, so I thank NBCC again for their leadership in this effort.


Alberta DarlingNational Breast Cancer Coalition Statement
State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) 8th Senate District

As a State Senator, I am accountable to my constituents to produce results. The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) holds itself to the same standard, with a focus on preventing and curing breast cancer. This disease has gone on for too long, inflicting pain and sadly, death on countless individuals. Since 1990, NBCC has been a model organization in gathering resources and building support for definitive goals, the latest being Breast Cancer Deadline 2020.

The recommendations that come from Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 are a multi-dimensional approach that combines diet, exercise, and lifestyle while also exploring other risk factors.

I am proud to support the NBCC in its effort to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. The organization is on the cutting edge of research and the application of the findings. I commend NBCC for changing the distance to a cure from a marathon to a sprint; it is that approach that will produce the result we have all been working and hoping for, an end to breast cancer.


Janet BewleyState Representative Janet Bewley’s response to the NBCC Deadline 2020

“We all know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  In Wisconsin, breast cancer accounts for approximately 33% of all female cancer cases.  The increased use of mammography has led to earlier detection of the disease and the reporting of all stages of breast cancer has significantly improved over the last several years in Wisconsin.  Despite this encouraging trend, the female breast cancer mortality rate from 1990 to 2000 dropped from 35 deaths per 100,000 women to only 25 deaths per 100,000 women during that ten year period.

Clearly, more needs to be done to end breast cancer once and for all.  That’s why I’m supporting the ‘Accelerating the end of Breast Cancer Act of 2011’ which will move us toward ending breast cancer by January 1, 2020.  By creating a commission of the best minds in biomedical research, business and breast cancer advocacy, focus can be placed on ways to stop breast cancer from developing and preventing it from spreading to other parts of the body.  For the sake of so many of our loved ones who have suffered from this disease, I urge you to join me in supporting this important initiative.”


Jon ErpenbachState Senator Jon Erpenbach –  Breast Cancer Deadline 2020
May 21, 2012

We all know someone affected by breast cancer; so thank you, National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) and Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition (WBCC), for stepping up to lead an aggressive attack on breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 gives a much needed urgent voice to this heartbreaking issue. Eliminating breast cancer by 2020 is an attainable goal if we all do our part to support this initiative. With the help of bright scientists, doctors, specialists and others we can eradicate breast cancer for good.

I wholeheartedly support the efforts of the WBCC and its initiative. Together, by 2020, we can achieve a healthier place to live and raise a family. I will continue to do my part and support legislation that will aid this cause.


Kelda Helen RoysState Representative Kelda Helen Roys
March 28, 2012

As a leading advocate for women’s health and access to care, I support and laud the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s plan to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. The Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 is an important strategy to finally take this prevalent disease by the horns and end breast cancer for future generations. I am confident that adoption of the Deadline will increase public understanding, improve access to breast cancer care, and save women’s lives.

The Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 emphasizes what we must achieve in the near future to end breast cancer. Let us refocus our resources and efforts in areas that could have a more significant impact. Breast cancer awareness programs have existed for decades, but mortality rates have decreased only slightly. It is clear that a new strategy – to prevent and effectively end breast cancer – is needed, and this strategy can only be achieved if public understanding is shifted to embrace this singular goal.

Refocusing our efforts on preventing breast cancer deaths means not only researching cures, but also the causes of breast cancer mortality, as well as improving access to treatment. Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 encourages research in such key areas as the causes and prevention of metastasis and the prevention of primary disease, which cause the vast majority of all breast cancer deaths. Once new preventive and treatment measures become available, we must ensure that it is affordable. The cost of breast cancer care today is staggering, and even groundbreaking research will not save lives if women are unable to access or afford the treatment they need.

Thank you to the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition for their ongoing commitment to the goals of the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020. I will continue to lead and work to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.


Has your representative co-sponsored The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act? (S.865/HR. 1830)

Senator Tammy Baldwin
Senator Ron Johnson  NO
Congressman Paul Ryan WI-01  NO
Congressman Mark Pocan WI-02
Congressman Ron Kind WI-03
Congresswoman Gwen Moore WI-04
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner WI-05
Congressman Tom Petri WI-06
Congressman Sean Duffy WI-07
Congressman Reid Ribble WI-08
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