On April 4, I attended my first ever Lina Shore Golf Classic in Palm Springs, California. I was there because the Foundation had been selected as the beneficiary of the proceeds raised at the golf tournament and the fabulous Lina auction! The bidding started online and continued right up to the luncheon on items ranging from a San Diego Charger’s VIP Suite for Two and a Day with the Lady Vols Basketball Team to an Escape to St. Martin and A Day at the Arezzo Salon, in Carlsbad, California. The competition was fierce. My talk followed the auction, and I was the one who got to announce the wonderful news that the auction had raised $20,000 for the Foundation’s research program.

Thank you, thank you, Lina Shore women! Last month, I sent a big “Congratulations” to Melissa Paris, who set a new record in the 2009 Daytona when she became the top finishing female in Daytona 200 history. Melissa was racing on behalf of the Foundation, and her historic win resulted in the Foundation receiving a $5,000 donation for our research program from the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation. Melissa also has asked her fans to donate to the Foundation on her website. Thank you, Melissa! Thank you, Women’s Motorcyclists!

And the fun doesn’t end there. I’ll be one of the hundreds of people who will be in Pacific Palisades on May 17 for the Second Annual Pacific Palisades Love Walk, which is hosted by the amazing Pacific Palisades Junior Women’s Club. The 2008 First Annual Love Walk was a huge success, with more than 500 Foundation supporters generating over $50,000 for the Foundation’s research program! Live in the Los Angeles area? Come out and help us make the Second Annual Love Walk another unforgettable event! Form your team, and register today!

Fundraising is crucial to the Foundation’s work to end breast cancer. But local and national advocacy efforts are necessary to get our politicians on board with our research agenda and to ensure that every woman has access to quality breast cancer care. That’s why I’m a proud supporter of the National Breast Cancer Coalition Foundation’s Annual Advocacy Training Conference. This year’s conference will be held May 2-5 in Washington, DC. It’s an amazing opportunity to get an update on breast cancer science, research, and policy; hone your advocacy skills; and network with 700 other amazing breast cancer advocates. I’ll be there. And so should you! Learn more and register here.

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