Audio: Judi Hirshfield-Bartek On her Path to Activism: Travel

It was traveling once or twice a month, building a relationship with our statehouse, our legislators and within congress, working with legislators, educating them about breast cancer. At that time, it was like, 'Well, you have mammography, what do you need more?' How do you educate them and explain to them that there is so much more that is needed.

And so we set to work, in a very long, arduous process of trying to secure more funding. But not just get more dollars, because dollars can be empty if you can't see how they're spent, but keep a pulse on how the money was spent.

So not only did we say we need this much more money, but this is how we want this money to be spent. And we want a seat at the National Cancer Institute's decision-making table on how the money's spent. So we were asking for more than any other activist group had at the time, other than the AIDS community, which was clearly our model.


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