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09.30.14

Gov. Brown Signs Flame Retardant Labeling Bill into Law

California consumers will soon have the power to make informed decisions about whether or not to buy furniture containing toxic and ineffective flame retardant chemicals. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1019, authored by Senator Mark Leno, which requires disclosure of the use or absence of flame retardant chemicals on existing furniture labels. “This ... Read more...

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Heroes

Over our history, the Breast Cancer Fund has honored dozens of heroes, including scientists, advocates, policy makers, philanthropists and Strong Voices. These visionaries are leaders in our movement to prevent breast cancer.

At our 20th Anniversary Heroes Celebration Gala, we honored all 50 of our heroes, from 1996 to 2012. Check out photos of the evening and watch our 20th anniversary video, presented at the event.

Meet Our Heroes

2012

  • The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), represented by NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.

2011

  • Kit Crawford, owner and co-CEO of Clif Bar & Company, makers of LUNA Bar; strategic advisor to LUNAFEST. Recipient of the Suzy Cain Leadership Award.
  • Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Intelligent Nutrients and Aveda Corporation. Recipient of the Philanthropy Leadership Award.
  • Kathi Salley Randall, R.N., neonatal nurse; founder of Green NICU; Climb Against the Odds team member, Mt. Shasta. Recipient of the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voice Award.

2010

  • Sarah Janssen, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H, Senior scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.
  • Jeff Cresswell and Michelle Kalberer, co-owners of Klean Kanteen. Recipients of the Suzy Cain Leadership Award.
  • Annie Leonard, writer and host of The Story of Stuff and The Story of Cosmetics. Recipient of the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voice Award.

2009

  • Joan Blades, co-founder of MomsRising.org. Recipient of the Suzy Cain Leadership Award.
  • Mary Brune, co-founder of Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS). Recipient of the Suzy Cain Leadership Award.
  • Ted Schettler, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, science advisor to the Collaborative on Health and the Environment Network and Health Care Without Harm. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.
  • Linda Morton, Climb Against the Odds team member, Mts. Rainier and Shasta; Sacred Trekker; advocate and fundraiser. Recipient of the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voice Award.

2008

  • Pete Myers, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Environmental Health Sciences and Environmental Health News, co-author of Our Stolen Future. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.
  • Anita Nager, former program officer at Beldon Fund; philanthropy advisor; Climb Against the Odds team member, Mt. Shasta. Recipient of the Philanthropy Leadership Award.
  • Chris and Jenn Carr, owners of Shasta Mountain Guides. Recipients of the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voice Award.

2007

  • Hon. Don Perata, California State Senator Pro Tem. Recipient of the Public Policy Award.
  • Janet Gray, Ph.D., Professor at Vassar College; author of 2008 and 2010 editions of the Breast Cancer Fund report, State of the Evidence; Breast Cancer Fund board member. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.
  • Susan Kutner, M.D., breast cancer surgeon at Kaiser Permanente; Climb Against the Odds team doctor; Breast Cancer Fund board member. Recipient of the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voice Award.

2006

  • Teresa Heinz, Chair of the Heinz Endowments, Heinz Family Foundation and the Heinz Awards. Recipient of the Philanthropy Leadership Award.
  • Richard Joseph Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.
  • Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., ecologist; advocate; author of Living Downstream, Having Faith and the Breast Cancer Fund report, The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.
  • Cathy Ann Taylor, Climb Against the Odds team member, Mts. McKinley, Fuji, Rainier and Shasta; founder of Sacred Treks; largest individual fundraising champion. Recipient of the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voice Award.

2005

  • Jared Blumenfeld, Region 9 Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; author of the San Francisco Precautionary Principle Ordinance. Recipient of the Public Policy Award.
  • Jane Houlihan, senior scientist at Environmental Working Group. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.
  • Heather Brandon (Howerton), teacher and writer; co-produced LUNAFEST at University of California, San Diego. Recipient of the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voice Award.
  • Mather Martin, daughter of Breast Cancer Fund founder Andrea Ravinett Martin; co-produced LUNAFEST at University of California, San Diego. Recipient of the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voice Award.

2004

  • Charlotte Brody, R.N., director of chemicals, public health and green chemistry at Blue Green Alliance; co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Health Care Without Harm. Recipient of the Bella Abzug Advocacy Award.
  • Sandy Badillo, Climb Against the Odds team member, Mts. McKinley and Fuji; breast cancer advocate. Recipient of the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voice Award.
  • Mike Fung, Breast Cancer Fund board member; Climb Against the Odds team member, Mt. Shasta. Recipient of the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voice Award.
  • Ana Soto, M.D., professor of anatomy and cellular biology at Tufts University School of Medicine; pioneer in endocrine-disruptor research. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.

2003

  • Hon. Deborah Ortiz, California State Senator. Recipient of the Public Policy Award.
  • Julia Brody, Ph.D., execuitive director of Silent Spring Institute; author of landmark research on breast cancer and the environment. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.
  • Karen Goodson Pierce, Bay View Hunter's Point Advocates; environmental justice activist. Recipient of the Bella Abzug Advocacy Award.

2002

  • Andrea Ravinett Martin, Breast Cancer Fund founder. Recipient of the Bella Abzug Advocacy Award.
  • Gina Solomon, M.D., M.P.H., deputy secretary for science and health at the California Environmental Protection Agency; former senior scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.
  • Gary Erickson, owner and co-CEO of Clif Bar & Company, makers of LUNA Bar; launched Team LUNA Chix. Recipient of the Philanthropy Leadership Award.

2001

  • Hon. Anna Eshoo, U.S. Congresswoman from California. Recipient of the Public Policy Award.
  • Dave McElhatton, reporter at KPIX TV; anchor emeritus. Recipient of the Community Service Award.
  • Wanna Wright, women's health and community advocate; Breast Cancer Fund board member; poet and author of Stayin' Alive to Testify. Recipient of the Bella Abzug Advocacy Award.

2000

  • Hon. Jackie Speier, California State Senator. Recipient of the Public Policy Award.
  • Jan Adrian, founder and director of Healing Journeys. Recipient of the Community Service Award.
  • Nancy Evans, co-producer of the documentary, Rachel's Daughters: Search for the Environmental Causes of Breast Cancer; editor of 2002, 2004 and 2006 editions of the Breast Cancer Fund's report, State of the Evidence. Recipient of the Bella Abzug Advocacy Award.

1999

  • Jeanne Rizzo, R.N., producer of the documentary, Climb Against the Odds: Mt. McKinley; became the Breast Cancer Fund's President and CEO in 2001. Recipient of the Bella Abzug Advocacy Award.
  • Debu Tripathy, M.D., former director of breast cancer research at University of California, San Francisco; professor of medicine at University of Southern California. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.
  • Hon. Tom Harkin, U.S. Senator from Iowa. Recipient of the Public Policy Award.
  • Susan Yoachum, journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle; Breast Cancer Fund board member. Recipient of the Community Service Award.

1998

  • Hon. Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Congresswoman from California; environmental health policy champion. Recipient of the Public Policy Award.
  • Michael Lerner, Ph.D., president of Commonweal; author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer. Recipient of the Community Service Award.
  • Susan Shinagawa, breast cancer survivor; activist; health educator; Breast Cancer Fund board member. Recipient of the Community Service Award.

1997

  • Lisa Bailey, M.D., FACS, breast surgeon at Bay Area Breast Surgeons, Inc.; environmental health leader. Recipient of the Community Service Award.
  • Jill Eikenberry, actor; breast cancer survivor and activist. Recipient of the Community Service Award.
  • Michael Tucker, actor; breast cancer activist. Recipient of the Community Service Award.
  • Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., founder and president of Environmental Health Trust; Breast Cancer Fund board member. Recipient of the Bella Abzug Advocacy Award.
  • Bella Abzug, activist; legislator; breast cancer advocate; founder of Women's Environment Development Organization (WeDo). Recipient of the Bella Abzug Advocacy Award.

1996

  • Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., professor of genome sciences at University of Washington. Recipient of the Science Hero Award.
  • Samuel Bronfman II, chair of the board at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Recipient of the Philanthropy Leadership Award.
  • Susan Claymon, co-founder of Breast Cancer Action; Art.Rage.Us collaborator. Recipient of the Bella Abzug Advocacy Award.