June 11, 2010

In Hungary JDC, Susan G. Komen For The Cure® Hold 12th Major Breast Cancer Conference

NEW YORK, NY, June 10, 2010 – The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will hold its 12th major conference on breast cancer in Budapest on June 14. The conference leverages the success of eleven other conferences and a variety of breast cancer advocacy programs that have impacted the lives of tens of thousands of women and their families through JDC/Komen for the Cure’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program (WHEP) in Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Georgia, Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

“We're utilizing our expertise in building strong partnerships to connect medical, NGO, and government professionals with breast cancer survivors and advocates throughout Hungary. By doing so, WHEP pioneers the battle against breast cancer in a country that loses more than 2,000 women a year to the disease,” said JDC CEO Steven Schwager.

In addition to a keynote address from Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, presentations at the conference will focus on WHEP’s four years of work in Hungary; best practices for fighting breast cancer in Hungary’s rural areas; Hungary’s current national screening program for breast cancer; and creating a strategy for disseminating information on breast cancer to Hungarian women of different ages and family backgrounds.

“In too many countries today, women still have little or no access to early detection, treatment, or even education,” said Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “My time spent in Hungary as an Ambassador was eye-opening to the global need for cancer programming, like the Women’s Health Empowerment Program. I look forward to hearing about the progress in Hungary over the last four years.”

Established in 1995, WHEP encourages the early detection of breast cancer, creates support groups and hotlines, strengthens doctor to patient communication, and facilitates partnerships among government agencies, NGOs and the medical community.

About American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Since 1914, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has given global expression to the principle that all Jews are responsible for one another. Working today in over 70 countries, JDC acts on behalf of North America’s Jewish communities and others to rescue Jews in danger, provide relief to those in distress, revitalize and ensure a Jewish future for overseas Jewish communities, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens. JDC also provides non-sectarian emergency relief and long-term development assistance worldwide. More information can be found at http://www.jdc.org/.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested nearly $1.5 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org/ or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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