I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and that the New Year is treating you well. Our Foundation is aiming to seize every opportunity 2011 brings us, and we’ve hit the ground running. Here’s what’s in store:

We are in high gear as we prepare for the 7th International Symposium on the Intraductal Approach to Breast Cancer, which will be taking place February 23-26 in Santa Monica, Calif.  This year we’ve implemented our exciting new grant program, a Call to Action. During the Symposium, attendees will have the opportunity to form into groups and come up with a plan to answer one of the biggest questions that continues to stymie the field. These groups will compete for “Planning Grants” of $10,000-$20,000 to do preliminary work. And—and this is amazing—the Avon Foundation for Women has agreed to consider funding these groups after the preliminary work.

Registration for the Symposium is still open. You can see the full program and register here.

We are close to officially launching the Health of Women (HOW) Study. Thank you to each and every one of you who joined HOW during the soft launch in 2010 and completed the first questionnaire. Your feedback helped us to fine tune our process and prepare for the official launch, which will take place in the coming months.  Stay tuned!

We are growing the Army of Women. We’re starting 2011 with close to 350,000 Army members—a feat in and of itself. But we’re not stopping there! When I launched the Army of Women, my goal was to get one million women to enroll, and that hasn’t changed. I know that hundreds of thousands more women would participate if they knew doing so was possible, and this year we intend to develop new programs to reach these harder-to-reach women.

We are expanding the Foundation’s research program, which will allow us tot test more ideas and launch new studies.  I just returned from China, where we concluded the final stage of our band aid study. We have promising results, and our hope is to expand this study into the United States in the coming year.  Again, stay tuned for more exciting updates in the coming months.  In addition, our amazing research team is currently conducting new analyses on the data we obtained from our previous studies on the physiology and anatomy of the breast, and we expect to have some exciting findings to report in the coming months.

None of this work would be possible, of course, without our wonderful Foundation staff.  In 2010, we doubled our office space and we’ve hired some incredible people that you will be hearing more about as the Foundation’s work expands.

It also would not be possible without your continuous support.  Thank you for making our year-end fundraising campaign a huge success. We know every penny counts in this difficult economic climate, and we appreciate your support now more than ever.

There is little doubt that 2011 is poised to be our best year yet! I look forward to sharing our achievements with you.

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One Response to 2011—Off to a Great Start!

  1. Pink Kitchen says:

    Can’t wait to hear about the results of this conference. I had the HALO test before my mammogram, because I was ‘too young’ for a mammo. HALO was supposed to detect cancer at Stage 0. HALO was neg – but I was actually positive at Stage 2, which I found out 7 months later. While the HALO was a step in the right direction,we need some serious empirical concentration on alternate detection methods.

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