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Breast Cancer Research Foundation
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"It’s been a decade since I heard the words, 'You have breast cancer.' I was 36 years old at the time and mom to two young girls: a 6-month-old and two-and-a-half year old. With no family history of the disease, I was stunned. As difficult as it was to lose a breast and to lose my hair, ultimately all I wanted was to not lose my life. I wanted to be here for my daughters. Thanks to targeted therapy developed by BCRF researchers, I'm alive today. I was lucky. The right treatment was available when I desperately needed it. Not only did research save my life, but it allowed me to give birth nearly ten years later. I always tell women you have to hope there's life after breast cancer. In my case, an unexpected and precious life.” – Kelley Tuthill

To learn more about Kelley's story and why she's stands for breast cancer research, head to our Instagram as she takes over our account.

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On Valentine's Day, we're sending love to the women and men impacted by breast cancer, our supporters who fuel groundbreaking research and the scientists who have dedicated their careers to improving outcomes and saving lives.
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Each year 250,000 women and 2,000 men hear the words, “You have breast cancer.” While the underlying causes of sporadic breast cancer are complex and poorly understood, experts estimate that at least half of cancer cases can be prevented through lifestyle choices and risk-reduction strategies. To mark #NationalCancerPreventionMonth, we have outlined how BCRF researchers are investigating this key area of focus.

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“I’m so grateful for everything these researchers have done to save people like me.” – Karima Zizoune

Karima was 45 years old when she was diagnosed with HER2+ breast cancer. Completely unfamiliar with the disease, she soon developed a deep appreciation for research which led to successful treatment and recovery. BCRF-supported research had a deeply personal and positive effect on Karima's journey. Following surgery, she was treated with Herceptin, a medication developed thanks to early clinical trials funded by BCRF.

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To mark National Cancer Prevention Month, breast cancer survivor, research advocate and BCRF supporter Joan Lunden launched her new Today Show special series, “War on Cancer” with an incredible segment on an immunotherapy treatment that successfully treated a patient with metastatic colon cancer.

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In a recently published BCRF-supported study, researchers developed a blood test that detects changes in tumor DNA which can predict survival of women with advanced breast cancer. If confirmed in more studies, the test could be widely used to identify breast cancers at higher risk for recurrence and track the success or failure of treatment.

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What does the beginning of breast cancer look like? What happens at the very start that turns normal breast tissue into the first stages of cancer?

The answer to these questions lie at the heart of important research led by BCRF researcher Dr. Anna Maria Storniolo. In our latest podcast, she shares her approach and findings to this area of investigation.

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"Breast cancer research is important because it gives people hope – hope that there is something that will help them or cure them.” – Amy Louk, employee at the New York & Atlantic Railway Company (photographed on the far right)

Recently, BCRF’s own Maneesh Kumar visited their rail yard to receive a $1500 donation the company made to BCRF. A new supporter to the cause, we are so grateful for their contribution which will fund 30 research hours in the lab. Thank you for all you to #BeTheEnd!
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“I know that for most people, the question they ask themselves after diagnosis is, ‘Why me?’ I totally get that. Honestly, I’d probably think the same thing. My mom’s motto was, ‘Why not me?’ Her mentality was to beat this thing and share her story to inspire others. That’s why I’m running the Illinois Marathon as a fundraiser for BCRF.” – Bryan Foland

In three months, Bryan will be running The Illinois Marathon to support BCRF – and has already raised over $600! He's taking over our Instagram today, sharing his story and why he wants to #BeTheEnd.
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“It began as an act of friendship…I never imagined that one decision would have such a significant impact on so many lives.” – Laura Lassman, founder of Play for P.I.N.K.​

This year BCRF's largest independent fundraiser empowered 30,000 volunteers from across the nation to host thousands of lifestyle and sporting events, raising $4.8 million for BCRF! We are so grateful for their ongoing dedication and unwavering commitment to advance breast cancer research.
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