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Barbara Klein, Italy

IBCPC Medical Advisory Panel

Barbara has been Communications Officer at EUROPA DONNA (ED) – The European Breast Cancer Coalition since 2007. As part of her role, she maintains communication with ED’s 47 National Representatives and runs ED’s social media channels as well as organizes their biannual Advocacy Leader Conference and annual MBC conferences. Barbara helped develop the annual Breast Health Day Campaign which started in 2008 and she now runs the annual campaign that aims to inform women of all ages that lifestyle factors play an important role in the prevention and recurrence of breast cancer as well as the importance of the role of early detection of breast cancer. She also represents ED as a Patient Advocate at various European meetings (ED Pan European Conferences, EBCC 12), and has facilitated workshops on various topics including: social media, prevention and high genetic risk at the biannual ED Pan European Conferences. In 2019, Barbara was a patient advocate panellist on the Oncoplastic Breast Consortium (OPBC) and took part in the consensus conference.

Barbara’s motivation for getting involved with EUROPA DONNA was because of a strong family history of breast cancer and a belief that patient advocacy can make a real difference in the fight against breast cancer. In 2016 she was herself diagnosed with breast cancer.

Following her breast cancer diagnosis, Barbara joined the Pink Amazons, Milano, Italy in September 2017 and started on her dragon boating journey. Immediately after her first practice session she agreed to attend the IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival in Florence in 2018. While at the festival she had the opportunity to participate in the flower ceremony which was probably one of the most powerful experiences she has ever had as it was a sort of closure having studied there 17 years before following the death of her mother. Barbara trains weekly with her team at the Idroscalo behind Linate airport and has participated twice in the “Palio di Chiaretto” in Bardolino on Lake Garda.

Barbara Klein has a B.A. degree in Fine Arts from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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