Dear Family and Friends of the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation,
I want to let you know that I have been diagnosed with leukemia on a routine blood test. I will be undergoing treatment over the next several months and expect to fully recover to continue my position as the President of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.
During my temporary absence, I have complete confidence that Naz Sykes, our Executive Director, will continue the critical work of the Foundation. Naz has been my right hand over the past seven years, and her outstanding performance and sound judgment have been critical in making the Foundation what it is today. We are also very fortunate to have the leadership of our Board of Directors, under the direction of our Board Chair Kate McLean, and our Board Member Karen Duvall, MD who will serve as medical advisor until my return.
As many of you know, I have never shrunk from a challenge. I plan to bring my indomitable drive and energy to overcoming this and will be back to work as soon as possible.
All of our current programs will continue during this time. No other freestanding breast cancer organization is as heavily invested in the research process as we are at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. The Foundation is currently working on the development of a breast fluid test to identify women at high risk for breast cancer, as well as planning research into potential causes of breast cancer both infectious and environmental. And our innovative Love/Avon Army of Women Program is thriving, with more than 365,000 volunteers nationwide.
In addition, we will be launching the Health of Women (HOW) Study this October. This new Program of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation will change the way we collect patient reported health information as well as create a new model for data sharing within the research community.
You are vital to everything we do. It gives me great comfort to know that the organization’s most trusted supporters are working tirelessly to advance our mission of eradicating breast cancer once and for all.
We will share updates when appropriate and I would love to hear from you, so feel free to send your good wishes to me by commenting below.
With Warmest Regards,
Susan Love, MD