Bank of NH Awards Grant to NHBCC

The Bank of New Hampshire supports many of the non-profit organizations in New Hampshire.  Recently, the Bank of NH awarded the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition a grant of $2,500 to provide critical assistance to breast cancer patients struggling to meet financial obligations as a result of their diagnosis.  Typical Support Services Fund requests are for rent or mortgage, child care, medical co-pays, transportation and other necessities of daily life.

NHBCC gratefully acknowledges the Bank of New Hampshire for supporting our work and mission!  Seen in the photo below are Nancy Ryan, President, NHBCC and Leslie Simpson, Assistant Vice President, Rochester Branch.

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Following a rain-out on August 28, Laurie’s Ride 2015 has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Laurie’s Ride is a motorcycle ride fundraiser for the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition Support Services Fund.  This event was inspired and started by friends of Laurie Thiboutot, who lost her battle with breast cancer two years ago.  The ride continues in her memory and honor to raise funds to help other New Hampshire women struggling with the financial consequences of this disease.  Join us for the ride and celebration following to include music by DJ Troy, food, door prizes and raffles.

When:  Sunday, September 20, 2015

Registration:  8am to 9:30 am, Kick Stands Up:  10:00 am sharp!

To pre-register and for more information visit:  Laurie’s Ride 2015


Many of us wonder if exposure to some home care and personal care products increases the risk for breast cancer.  A study published this month (June 2015) in the Journal of Clincial Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that women exposed in utero to the pesticide DDT may have a nearly fourfold increase in the risk of developing the disease.  According to the authors of the study, “This prospective human study links measured DDT exposure in utero to risk of breast cancer.  Experimental studies are essential to confirm results and discover causal mechanisms.  Findings support classification of DDT as an endocrine disruptor, a predictor of breast cancer, and a marker of high risk.”

Read more here:

National Geographic: DDT Linked to Fourfold Increase In Breast Cancer Risk

Macy’s Grant Provides Support for New Hampshire Breast Cancer Patients

NHBCC extends its deepest thanks to Macy’s for providing a $3,000 grant for our Support Services Fund. The Support Services Fund is a financial resource for low-income and uninsured patients being treated in New Hampshire. We cover the essential needs for daily living so patients can focus on getting well.

Thank you, Macy’s, for making a meaningful difference in the lives of breast cancer patients in New Hampshire!



Fran Visco:  “Our health decisions should be based on our personal values and a high level of scientific evidence of benefit that far outweighs the harm we risk with any intervention. Because there always, always is harm.”  Difficult decisions come with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Click here to read thoughts from National Breast Cancer Coalition President Fran Visco:

NBCC President Fran Visco speaks out about breast cancer decisions


NHBCC President Nancy Ryan (far right) and NHBCC Board member Lucie Chakmakas recently visited the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Manchester, New Hampshire, to present a thank you plaque to La-Z-Boy and Fallon’s Furniture staff (left to right) Rachael Manfra, Jenna Guilmette and Deb Desrochers. Thanks to La-Z-Boy Furniture and Fallon’s Furniture for your generous ongoing financial support for the NHBCC Support Services Fund!


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New Hampshire’s representatives in Congress, Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH 1st District) and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH 2nd District)) have signed a “Dear Colleague” letter, urging their colleagues to support continued funding for the Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program (DoD BCRP). This breast cancer research program is an innovative, high-impact, efficient program that includes consumer participation and is highly accountable to the public. Early funding from this program led to the development of the innovative drug Herceptin.

To thank Congresswoman Kuster, call (202) 225-5206, and to thank Congressman Guinta, call (202) 225-5456 with this message:

“Thank you for signing the Dear Colleague letter in support of the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program for Fiscal Year 2016. Thank you for your leadership in helping to ensure vital funding for this critical program.”

Update:  April 2, 2015

The New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition is calling on elected public officials to endorse the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.

Let’s keep the momentum going!

1)  Encourage your elected New Hampshire legislator to endorse Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.  Visit

2)  To those officials who have already endorsed Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, encourage your state and national colleagues to join you!

A hearty thank-you to the following New Hampshire federal and state officials for standing behind Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.  [Updated: 4/2/2015]

Governor Maggie Hassan

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte

U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster

U. S. Rep. Frank Guinta

Former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter

State Senator Andy Sanborn

State Senator Martha Fuller Clark

State Rep. Rick Ladd

State Senator John Reagan

State Rep. Christy Dolat Bartlett

Former State Rep. Amanda Merrill

State Rep. Laurie Sanborn

State Rep. Larry Gagne

State Rep. Ed Butler

State Rep. Naida Kaen

Former State Rep. William Butynski

Former State Rep. Pamela Hubbard

State Rep. Steven Smith

State Rep. Dick Hinch

State Rep. Don LeBrun

State Rep. Robert Backus

State Rep. Travis Bennett

State Rep. Michael Cahill

State Rep. Glenn Cordelli

State Rep. Allen Cook

State Rep. Helen Deloge

State Rep. Linda Di Silvestro

State Rep. Alethea Froburg

State Rep. William Gannon

State Rep. Pamela Gordon

State Rep. Peter Hansen

State Rep. Martha Hennessey

State Rep. Peggy McCarthy

State Rep. Richard McNamara

State Rep. Sharon Nordgren

State Rep. Harold Parker

State Sen. David Pierce

State Rep. John Potucek

State Rep. James Spillane

State Rep. David Wood

State Rep.  Michael Vose

State Senator Jeff Woodburn

State Senator Donna Soucy

State Senator Molly Kelly

State Rep. Mary Jane Wallner

Town of Lee, NH, Select Board




Staff members from Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), a national education and support organization, have posted several summaries of breast cancer research presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium held December 9-13 in San Antonio.  Thanks to LBBC for sharing this information!

Click below for the summaries, including surveys conducted by LBBC on women with triple negative breast cancer.  Women with triple negative breast cancer have tumors that lack three receptors that fuel most breast cancers: estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2).


Thanks to Dr. Susan Love for summarizing important news from this year’s San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.  This meeting hosts over 7,500 scientists, practitioners and advocates each year to present and to learn about current breast cancer research.  The advocate program and advocate involvement are top-notch!  Thanks, Dr. Love.

Click here for The View from San Antonio – Part One by Dr. Susan Love