With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see including our famous speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers you will earn extra raffle tickets. You also earn them by attending any of our entertainment sessions! Just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non-profit and how it benefits local families?
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is dedicated to preventing environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy. Through our free community education programs like the Let's Talk Prevention program/tour and the environmental health program for high school students, MBCC works to engage the public on ways to reduce their exposure to chemicals of concern. Additionally, MBCC is working in partnership with our sister organization, Silent Spring Institute, as community partners on three national health projects on Cape Cod. The first project, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), is the STEEP Superfund Research Program. This project is led by the University of Rhode Island and includes researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Silent Spring Institute and focuses on private well water testing on Cape Cod for PFAS, as well as how PFAS enter groundwater from firefighting foams, wastewater, and other pollution sources. The second project, also funded by NIEHS, is PFAS-REACH (Research, Education, and Action for Community Health), led by Silent Spring Institute, along with researchers from Northeastern University and Michigan State University. The project examines PFAS exposures and their impacts on children’s health in Hyannis and at the Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth, NH. And, the third project is part of a larger multi-site study on PFAS health effects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (or ATSDR). Silent Spring Institute is the leading the study in Massachusetts, which will include both Hyannis and the Town of Ayer. The team also includes researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Eastern Research Group, along with the community group People of Ayer Concerned about the Environment. The study will assess PFAS exposure and a range of health effects including immune response, kidney function, thyroid disease, liver disease, glycemic parameters, diabetes, and neurobehavioral outcomes in both children and adults.
2. Where is it located?
MBCC is a statewide organization with an office located in Franklin, MA.
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
We appreciate the great diversity of the Cape Cod community.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
MBCC tries to participate in as many local events as possible to engage with the community. Additionally, we work with our sister organization Silent Spring Institute to bring research updates to the community.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
The biggest challenge is that it is very expensive to live on Cape Cod, especially given the seasonality of some of the industries here.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
Attending cancer support group meetings to talk and share with those touched by their cancer diagnosis in the hopes of being able to lend a guiding hand.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
To network with other parents as much as possible, and to utilize as many of the services available in our community, as needed.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
MBCC is inviting all parents who attend the Fair to join us for free at the Against the Tide event in Brewster on August 20, 2020. Against the Tide is a family-friendly multi-sport event that brings people together from all across the state in support of MBCC's mission of breast cancer prevention.
Cape Cod Moms