First Pitch: Making a Difference in the Lives of Young Women With Breast Cancer

July 10, 2018


By Marcie McClintic Coates

Mylan’s Head of Global Policy

Everything we do here at Mylan is personal. After all, the medicines we make are being taken by someone’s mom or dad. Son or daughter. Sister or brother. Maybe even your own loved one.

That’s what made it especially heartfelt last month when Tara Bielski, Mylan’s head of Global Regulatory Systems Standards and Learning, threw out the first pitch at the Congressional Women’s Softball Game (CWSG) to honor her beloved sister who died at age 40 of breast cancer. The annual event benefits the Young Survival Coalition (YSL), a group that provides support and resources to young women with breast cancer.

As one of the leading suppliers of cancer medication in the U.S., Mylan was proud to be the lead sponsor of the game, which benefits such an important cause. As YSL notes, young women with breast cancer face unique challenges, including often being diagnosed in later stages with more aggressive forms of cancer. More than 1,000 women in the U.S. under 45 die of breast cancer every year.

Based in Morgantown and a longtime organizer of Mylan’s softball team, Tara was the perfect choice to represent Mylan at the CWSG. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the game, which pitted a team of female members of Congress against a team of D.C. media. The media came out on top at the end 5-0, but it was truly the young cancer patients that were the winners of the game: More than $320,000 was raised to benefit YSL.

Tara is no stranger to making a difference in people’s lives. In her role at Mylan, Tara has developed and helped seek the approval of many of our generic medicines on the market in the U.S. She worked for 11 years in R&D, where she led a team of formulators based in Morgantown developing oral solid dose medicines. Following R&D, she transitioned to global regulatory affairs where she leads a team that compiles and submits our applications to bring new medicines to market as well as maintain our more than 7,000 products with various health authorities around the world. 

Mylan is committed to helping patients, whether that’s in the lab, on our production lines or, yes, even on the ballfield. Thanks to all of our Mylan employees who attended the game, and a special thanks to Tara for throwing out the first pitch and helping create better health for a better world in everything you do every day.