Each day the stack of boxes inside my offices grows taller as we prepare for the moving van that will arrive on March 1 and we get ready to say good-bye to the offices that have housed the Foundation for the past four years.
As you may recall, I become the Medical Director of the Foundationâ€”then called the Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Institute in 1995. We moved the Foundationâ€™s offices from Santa Barbara to Pacific Palisades in 2004, when the Foundation took on the name that it has today. The move allowed us to expand our intraductal research program. Our new move, to a fabulous new office building in Santa Monica, will allow us to grow even more.
Those of you who have been to our offices know that we are not moving because we want more space but because we need it. Importantly, our new office will have two clinic rooms (we currently have one), which will allow us to conduct our research more efficiently. It is also more centrally located and accessible by public transportation, which will make it easier for our current research volunteers as well as help us attract new volunteers. And we have room to grow! We hope that all of you who live in the area will join us at the Open House we are looking forward to later this year.
Speaking of celebrations: I want to thank all of you who attended my birthday celebration earlier this month. I also want to personally thank everyone who decided to make a donation to the Foundation in honor of my 60th birthday. I have long looked forward to achieving this milestone, as my mother died at age 58. Even better, I feel as if I am just hitting my stride, whether itâ€™s running the first National Half Marathon and Marathon for Breast Cancer in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this month, or pushing forward with an audacious agenda to eradicate this disease. In fact, I have never been more optimistic about what we can accomplish.
This is such an exciting time for the Foundation and breast cancer research. We have demonstrated the ability to get to where breast cancer starts and are well on our way to eradicating it. We have received more than $4 million dollars in research grants for our intraductal research. We are gaining important insights into what goes wrong when breast cancer occurs through our research on the anatomy and physiology of the normal breast. We are developing a dipstick/band aid test for the nipple that will simply, cheaply and sensitively identify which women are at risk of developing breast cancer. And we are studying whether putting drugs down the breast ducts can treat and maybe even prevent breast cancer.
I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress from our new home in Santa Monica.