Last Sunday I spoke at the National Breast Cancer Coalition Foundation annual conference. There were about 800 people in the audience, so it’s understandable if I didn’t meet (or don’t remember meeting) breast cancer advocate Sandra Spivey who was in the crowd.
She got back home from the meeting and did what I told all 800 attendees to do: if you see something inaccurate, incomplete, imbalanced in local health news coverage, let the editor/producer/reporter/news director know about it or you’ll continue to get what you deserve for not speaking out.
So she did.
She saw a story on NBC4- KNBC in Los Angeles talking about “cures” with a “major breakthrough” of a “groundbreaking” tumor freezing technique. But she didn’t see any of our ten criteria from HealthNewsReview.org addressed in the story.
So look what she did: she posted a comment on the KNBC website (seen at left), calling the story “false hope” and posting our ten HealthNewsReview.org criteria right on the KNBC website! She was clearly listening when I told the multitude at the meeting in DC: imagine what would happen if all of you and all of your breast cancer advocate colleagues back home did this!
Just like Howard Beale in the movie, “Network,” she got out of her chair, went over to the window (her computer in this case) and yelled, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
God love you, Sandra. I wish there were thousands more like you. And I know there are. I hope the National Breast Cancer Coalition tells this story to all of its members. It’s the wisdom of the crowds, and it reflects what NBCC president and founder Fran Visco told her members on Sunday, “We need to do more, to do it better, and to do it all differently. We’re not here to be popular or well-liked.”