Editor’s Note: Today is our intern Kristen Taylor’s last day in the office, and we want to say a great big THANK YOU to her for all of the ways she has supported BCAction’s work. She was especially instrumental to the success of this year’s Think Before You Pink campaign and we are so grateful for her hard work.
I met Annie Sartor, the Policy and Campaigns Coordinator at Breast Cancer Action, while standing in line for the ferry in San Francisco. Annie was talking animatedly to her boyfriend David about ideas for a BCAction campaign aimed at reforming our broken chemical regulations, so I turned around and introduced myself. It was probably the best decision I could have made.
I’m working towards my master’s degree in chemistry at San Francisco State University. In my studies, I focus heavily on environmental science, specifically pollution. My previous internship before coming to BCAction was with the Army Corps of Engineers, where it was my job to determine if dirt and mud was contaminated with heavy metals, PCBs, and phthalates.
As a mother of a toddler, I am very concerned about sustainable and renewable energy and protecting our environment. I am also very concerned about what chemicals are out in the world to which my young son is exposed. Reforming our country’s broken chemical regulations to protect all our health is a big priority for me as a scientist and a person who can see what unregulated chemicals do to us and our environment.
I also have a very close relationship to breast cancer. My maternal grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a lumpectomy, only to have breast cancer recur. She then had a double mastectomy. She is the bravest person I know, because she fully embraces that aspect of her life. My grandmother had four daughters, including my mother. Two of my aunts have also been diagnosed with breast cancer in their 40s. Because of the prevalence of this disease in my family, it is a cause near and dear to my heart.
In my time at BCAction, I have met many amazing people. The people who make up this organization are inspiring, supportive and fun to be around. My time at BC Action has been life-changing, and I am very excited to continue to do work for such a wonderful organization.