Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 18, 2013

Teen takes on breast cancer fight

Editor, Townsman:

My name is Charley Lei, and although I am only a sophomore in high school, I believe that we all have the ability to accomplish good in our lives through our everyday decisions. I try to live up to this belief in many ways. Over the summer, I have intensively done volunteer work and I am currently still working with a local grassroots organization known as the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.

Founded when a group of women discovered the alarmingly high incidence of breast cancer here in Massachusetts, MBCC’s goal is to prevent breast cancer through education and advocacy. You can learn more about MBCC by visiting its website at You can also “like” the group on Facebook at and follow it on Twitter @mbccprevention.

MBCC was among the first to declare breast cancer an epidemic. About 12 percent of women (one in eight) here in Massachusetts will develop breast cancer. Please support our cause, and help make a difference in the lives of those women.

You can do many things to make a difference. During the summer, MBCC hosts the annual Against the Tide swim, walk, run, kayak fundraising events in Hopkinton (June 22) and Brewster (August 17). I invite you to participate and raise funds with a team of your own or join my team, “Prevention.” Please also consider supporting my efforts with a donation to my fundraising page at Also, the MBCC is very appreciative of volunteers on the days of the events.

I believe that it does not matter how old or how young you are. Anyone can make a difference. For more information about creating a team or volunteering at Against the Tide, please contact me at


Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition volunteer

Andover High School sophomore

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