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Bill Clinton’s New Gig: Curing Breast Cancer [View all]

by Abigail Pesta Nov 13, 2012 9:00 AM EST

With Obama set for four more years, Clinton joins a different fight—seeking to end the disease that took his mother’s life. Abigail Pesta on his new partnership with the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Fresh off a crusade to get President Obama reelected, Bill Clinton is turning to a new campaign—breast cancer.

The former president is joining the National Breast Cancer Coalition, a group of hundreds of cancer-fighting organizations, as honorary chairman of its campaign to end the disease by 2020, the group said Tuesday. The coalition has successfully lobbied for nearly $3 billion in federal funds since its start two decades ago. Its president, Fran Visco, is known for focusing heavily on research, saying mammograms and pink ribbons won’t get the job done.

The stakes are too high, the losses have been too great to let another decade go by without ending breast cancer,” Clinton said in announcing the partnership. He has worked with the coalition on past initiatives, including the 2005 launch of a fund in honor of his mother, Virginia Clinton Kelley, who died of complications from breast cancer.

Progress has been slow and public perception skewed, the National Breast Cancer Coalition said in its annual report on the disease this fall. “Given the attention and resources directed to breast cancer, the public understandably believes that we have made significant progress,” the report said. But “we know little about how to prevent breast cancer or how to prevent deaths from the disease.”


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