A Message from Evelyn Lauder, Founder and Chairman
In these times of economic challenges, stories about good fortune are not told as often, so here is my story about good fortune.
Almost 20 years ago, even though the women's equality movement in America had achieved so much and, even though my friends and I were successful in business in addition to having wonderful family lives, there was an issue of great significance to women that demanded a special focus. That topic was breast cancer. For women of my generation, we had inherited from our mothers and grandmothers the stigma of silence associated with such a disease. We grew up hearing the hushed voices, seeing the worried looks - but not always learning the facts. Over time we heard more about "women's health," but speaking out about breast cancer, whether you had it or knew someone who had it, was rare.
Puttin' On The Pink
"Puttin' On The Pink" was the theme for this year's Hot Pink Party on April 29th at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. Thanks to generous underwriting from BlackBerry, Verizon Wireless and many incredible friends, $4 million was raised to fuel the fight against breast cancer.
Q&A with Sofia Merajver, MD, PhD
"The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has helped me be the kind of scientist I dreamed of being as a child. It allows me to consider all of my creative ideas in science as potential. In other words, I am not forced to discard any potentially good ideas. I do not have to prove to BCRF that I already achieved the result in question before they fund my ideas. I can help people faster because of BCRF. This model of funding is the bridge between the safe approach to science versus the breakthrough approach to science. It allows me to mentor people and build teams. It is catalyzing. The annual meetings of BCRF grantees have often influenced what I do for the rest of the year. I learn from these colleagues and have opportunities to reach across disciplines for answers."
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The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® was founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder as an independent, not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to funding innovative clinical and translational research. The Foundation currently supports 172 scientists at top universities and academic medical centers worldwide conducting the most advanced and promising breast cancer research that will lead to prevention and a cure in our lifetime.
BCRF is dedicated to the highest level of fiscal efficiency and believes in full transparency about the distribution of its funds. Currently, more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to the Foundation goes directly to breast cancer research and awareness programs.
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