YSC Hires First Executive Director

Organization Taking Steps to Be Premiere Resource

On Breast Cancer for Young Women Across the Nation

Sep 11, 2000, 01:00 ET from Young Survival Coalition

    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