NBCC Honors Hillary Rodham Clinton at Annual Gala in New York

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Breast Cancer Coalition will host its Annual New York Gala on November 19 at 583 Park Avenue in New York City. This year, NBCC is proud to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton, Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour, along with advocates Ghecemy Lopez and Wanda Lucas.

These awards recognize individuals who have made a true difference in the world of breast cancer and embody the spirit of NBCC—passionate, relentless and mission-driven social innovators. NBCC is pleased to recognize them for their leadership and the extraordinary work they have done toward ending breast cancer.

During President Bill Clinton's administration, NBCC President Fran Visco was appointed as one of three members of the President's Cancer panel. She was re-appointed to successive terms and served as a member of the President's Cancer Panel Special Commission on Breast Cancer until its dissolution.

"In 1992, NBCC was invited to a meeting with Hillary Clinton to talk about health issues," recalled Visco, "And a great relationship began, one that would prove to be exceedingly beneficial to all women and men who care about breast cancer. I am thrilled that more than 25 years later, that relationship continues.

Also being honored tonight is Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour.

"I look forward to honoring Cindi Leive at our annual gala," said Visco, "She is a prime example of a worthy recipient of the NBCC Leadership Award. She has used her formidable platform and her voice to further women's health and in particular breast cancer."

"Fran Visco is one of the bravest women I know," said Leive, "The National Breast Cancer Coalition is unique and unapologetic in its fight against breast cancer, and I am proud to be a part
of it."

"In addition to honoring Former Secretary Clinton and Cindi Leive, I always look forward to recognizing the commitment and vision of our grassroots advocates. They are incredible women who understand the importance of our mission to end breast cancer," said Visco. This year's Advocacy Awards go to Ghecemy Lopez and Wanda Lucas.

"It is a privilege to be the voice of my community as we move forward working together toward reaching Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®," said Lopez, "I am thrilled to receive this award."

"Because of NBCC's Project LEAD® I feel empowered to advocate for Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®," said Lucas, "I am proud to represent an organization with such determination
and vision. "

About The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service. Her "smart power" approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century. Clinton played a central role in restoring America's standing in the world, reasserting the United States as a Pacific power, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea, responding to the Arab Awakening and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. Earlier, as First Lady and Senator from New York, she traveled to more than 80 countries as a champion of human rights, democracy, and opportunities for women and girls. Clinton also worked to provide health care to millions of children, create jobs and opportunity, and support first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero. In her historic campaign for President, Clinton won 18 million votes. Today at the Clinton Foundation, Hillary continues her work on behalf of women and girls, in support of early childhood development, and to help young people get the skills they need to find good jobs and participate in the global economy. She is also the author of a new book, Hard Choices.

About Cindi Leive

Cindi Leive is the editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine and glamour.com, which together reach one out of every eight American women, with 12.2 million print readers and 8.5 million unique
users online. Under her stewardship, the magazine has received a record number of National Magazine Awards, including Magazine of the Year, honoring print and digital excellence, and launched a monthly digital edition, popular special editions, apps, and books—including two New York Times best-sellers; a beauty magazine for Latina women, Glam Belleza Latina; and a digital video network featuring original programming inspired by Glamour in partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment.

About NBCC

The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) is dedicated to knowing how to end breast cancer by 2020 through the power of grassroots action and advocacy. NBCC supports increased federal funding for meaningful breast cancer research; monitors how research funds are spent; expands access to quality health care for all; and ensures that trained advocates influence all decision making that affects breast cancer. Visit BreastCancerDeadline2020.org

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CONTACT: Michelle Zelsman (202) 973-0593 mzelsman@BreastCancerDeadline2020.orgSource: National Breast Cancer Coalition NBCC