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New York, September 20, 2015:

 

The New York State Breast Cancer Support and Education Network (NYSBCSEN) is excited to welcome Joy Simha as Executive Director, effective October 1, 2015. Joy joins the Network with more than 20 years of breast cancer advocacy experience and a background in corporate communications, marketing and multimedia production. She brings innovation, clarity and focus to the complex issues facing those affected by breast cancer.

Joy is one of the co-founders of The Young Survival Coalition (YSC), was the first president and a member of its Board of Directors for 15 years.   She is currently FY 2015 Chair of the Integration Panel of the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program and represents YSC on the Board of Directors of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). Her background in corporate communications and marketing as well as decades of advocacy experience will strengthen the Network’s position as we work for those at risk for and affected by breast cancer.

“I am so excited to be leading the incredible NYSBCSEN. Since my diagnosis in 1994, at the age of 26, I have been an active breast cancer research advocate. I realize that the best way to make a difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer is to ensure affordable healthcare for all and find a way to prevent this disease. It is my passion for advocacy, respect for the science and wonder at how we can prevent breast cancer that fuels my energy to be a part of the solution for this community!” remarked Joy Simha

Andi Gladstone, a founding member of the Network who has served as Executive Director since 2002, added “I am excited to move from Executive Director to Chair of the NYSBCSEN Board of Directors and thrilled to have Joy here to build on our successes of the last 16 years. She brings enormous talent, energy, and vision to the position. We happily anticipate new directions and growth under her leadership.”

 

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NYSBCSEN is the only network of community-based cancer organizations in New York. Our 21 member organizations are located in communities stretching from Buffalo to Long Island. We collectively reach over 100,000 New Yorkers annually, many of whom are uninsured or under-insured, with essential services which include local support groups, patient navigators, hotline counselors, educational programs, wellness programs, lending libraries, newsletters, websites, research and support services as well as statewide projects.