Free Webinar: A Closer Look at Breast Cancer Walks

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Alyssa Figueroa 2015 for EALERTBy Alyssa Figueroa, Breast Cancer Action Campaigns Coordinator

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come together to participate in breast cancer walks and runs in cities across the U.S.

Some of these walks have become huge affairs that are hosted by multi-million dollar charities and sponsored by multi-billion dollar corporations that raise millions to “end breast cancer.” And yet each year in the U.S., 250,000 women still get diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 women still die of this disease. Given the huge amounts of money being raised from these events, why weren’t we making more progress on breast cancer?

Join our next free Think Before You Pink® webinar, Exercise Your Mind, on April 25th & April 27th to learn more about the politics of breast cancer walks and runs and how we can demand accountability and transparency in breast cancer fundraising. Joining me on the webinar will be Samantha King, author of Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy and Jeanette Koncikowski, one of BCAction’s Community Leaders for Change.

Register for Monday April 25th at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT OR Wednesday April 27th at 10am PDT/1pm EDT

Can’t make it at either of these times? No worries; register anyway, and I’ll send you a recording of the webinar so you can tune in whenever is convenient for you.
I hope to “see” you there.


  1. Debra Schreurs
    Posted May 13, 2016 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Stop giving this kind of money to big pharmaceutical.
    They are killing us. No more
    We have to change us through healthy diet, vitamins, holistic approach. Organic diets.
    They are not telling the truth. Don’t take pharmaceutical drugs.
    Thank you

  2. Bridget
    Posted May 18, 2016 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I am a breast cancer survivor and I can tell you from personal experience this is true. Koemen walk for the cure(or whatever it is,you know the one)spends most of the money on keeping the CEOs(Mr Koeman and his recent wife & children) & others rich. Very little is spent on actual breast cancer. They actually called my parents for a donation while I was sick! American Cancer Society for breast cancer helped me out while I was sick so now I participate in their please,”Think before you pink!!”

  3. epson bell
    Posted May 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Dear Ms.Figueroa,

    Your comments on “Stepping Out in Pink” are ill-advised.. Yes, cancer, and breast cancer in general are highly funded programs. That being said, Stepping Out in Pink is a great initiative for defeating a horrible disease. Over 1 in 10 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime. The number one killer of women.
    I must ask if you know how research is conducted and what the process entails from laboratory bench work to translation medicine.. A “multi -billion dollar”company that you speak of, that holds these walks, invest billions of dollars in man power and initiative to come up with a solution to better help these patients. DO you realize that if that dont make something that better helps these patients they dont get paid.. Imagine a company that came up with the “cure”, wouldn’t they be the most profitable company in the medical oncology field and what of them wouldn’t want that.
    I work in a smaller institution that see the direct effects of “Stepping out in Pink”. It funds multiple positions that are directly targeted for breast cancer. If you can look those scientists( most of which are MD/and or PhD)(and the people that whole heatedly donate to the cause) in the eye and tell them that what they are doing is a corporate farce then you better have some good scientific adviser behind you, which, from your article, doesn’t sound like you do.
    what has your society done to contribute besides telling people not to help..

  4. Jaci.
    Posted August 26, 2016 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Breast cancer is not the number one killer of women. Heart disease is. We have to look at our sick, money grubbing pharmaceutical and medical communities for what they are. We have to start using our brains and think about our food, water, and air for the messes we are making of them. Man in his arrogance versus mother nature’s brilliance. I will take natural every time.

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