Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) established the Patient Advocate Program, a component of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). The program was originally conceived when Drs. Charles Coltman and Kent Osborne observed the increasing number of patient advocates attending the SABCS to better understand the data affecting their advocacy efforts. In 1996, Drs. Coltman and Osborne approached ABCF with the idea of a collaborative patient advocate program to be held annually in early December in conjunction with the SABCS. From their embryonic idea, the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation’s Patient Advocate Program was born.
The SABCS takes place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. By attending this conference, patient advocates learn about the most recent breast cancer research so they can disseminate the information to their local organizations. ABCF is privileged to be associated with the SABCS, the largest single cancer conference in the world.
Since 1997, ABCF has invited representatives from breast cancer patient advocacy organizations from around the world to apply for scholarships (provided they meet specific criteria) in order to attend the early December SABCS conference. To date there have been over 700 applicants, and ABCF has provided scholarships to 491 patient advocates.