NEW YORK, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Michele Przypyszny, a long-time advocate in the breast cancer community, has been named the first executive director of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), announced Cindy Rubin, president of the YSC. Przypyszny brings with her 10 years of experience working with and growing non-profit organizations, including her tenure as the events organizer for the New York Race for the Cure from 1997-1999. She comes to the YSC after working and volunteering for non-profit organizations including Cancer Support Services, The Arthritis Foundation and the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution. Przypyszny has extensive fundraising, event planning, management and media relations experience. Funding for the position was provided by the RGK Foundation. "Michele's experience with non-profits, and the breast cancer community specifically, is what the YSC needs to keep up with the overwhelming response we have received to our website and programming since we were founded in 1998," said Rubin. "With Michele on board, we will be able to grow the YSC into a national organization that can make a difference for young women and save lives." Breast Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women 20-39 and the leading cause of death in women 35-40. The Young Survival Coalition is the only national organization whose focus is on the issues surrounding breast cancer in women 40 and younger, including higher mortality rates, fertility issues, early menopause and the lack of research studies on premenopausal women with breast cancer. Founded in 1998 when three female breast cancer survivors, all under the age of 35, met in New York City to discuss their needs, the organization has developed a website (www.youngsurvival.org), attended breast cancer advocacy conferences, lobbied on Capitol Hill, spoken at universities, colleges and health fairs and run a campaign to raise awareness among physicians that young women can and do get breast cancer. Today, the Young Survival Coalition is a nationwide group of more than 350 volunteers and breast cancer advocates. Advocating to increase the number of research studies for young women with breast cancer, educating young women about the importance of early detection and self-breast examination, and serving as a point of contact for young women with breast cancer, the Young Survival Coalition is changing the face of breast cancer.
SOURCE Young Survival Coalition