As we head into summer, I find myself sitting in a hospital room waiting for my bone marrow to recover from the first onslaught of treatment for my leukemia. So far, the biggest side effect is boredom! I have completed the first round of chemotherapy, and am happy to report I am in remission. More than ever, I appreciate all your prayers and good wishes and I want you to know that they have helped me and my family, as well as the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s staff as we embark on this journey together.
With your support, we have gained new momentum and energy, and a stronger motivation than ever to figure out what causes breast cancer, and how we can stop it. The cure is important, but all the treatments have side effects as we were recently reminded when Robin Roberts announced that she had been diagnosed with a type of leukemia caused by the chemotherapy she had received. We have to focus on the cause so that we can eliminate breast cancer all together.
The Foundation continues to move toward developing new mechanisms and research ideas that will help us to better understand the breast, as well as potential new risk factors for breast cancer. We need your help and support more than ever. This is not something that can be done by us for you, but rather it is something we have to do together.
Later this summer, you will be asked to be part of an exciting new project called the Health of Women Study, which is focused on identifying new risk factors for breast cancer. We believe that to end breast cancer, research has to be fueled by public participation and merged at the intersection of life sciences, information technology, and medicine. The Health of Women Study will do this and will enable all of you to be our partner in understanding the causes of breast cancer it will truly democratize research.
To ensure this projects success, we need you to join us: with a donation, with your data, and with your good ideas! We can indeed – we must do this together!
Thank you again for all your support!