December is a busy month for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Army of Women! Our annual year-end giving campaign is underway and our gratitude goes out to all of you who are investing your dollars in our mission to research the causes of breast cancer and end it for good. We are deeply appreciative of donations of any size. It is easy to donate securely online and you can give a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one – an especially thoughtful gesture during the holiday season.
But fundraising isn’t the only thing keeping us busy. After months of preparation, we have launched the Bacterial and Viral Diversity Study! This project is an exciting collaboration coming out of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, led by Principal Investigator, Delphine Lee, M.D., Ph.D. of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and Co-Principal Investigator, our very own, Dr. Susan Love.
This is a huge step! With all the money spent on breast cancer research to date, we still do not know the causes and ways to prevent it in women and the Bacterial and Viral Diversity Study has the potential to unlock important understanding of breast cancer development in the human body. You can read more about the specifics of the study here. We would also like to thank the Avon Foundation for Women for their generous grant of $300,000 to Dr. Lee which has significantly helped make this study a reality for us.
We have called upon the amazing Army of Women to recruit participants for this study, and the response from members willing to participate has been overwhelming. Thanks to many of you, more than 135 volunteers signed up in the first 24 hours! This reaffirms to us the power of the Army of Women and the willingness of members to invest themselves in prevention research. If you are not already a member, please consider signing up and if you are, consider signing up for one of the open studies.
We are also thrilled to let you know that the Health of Women Study, our new online cohort study looking into new risk factors for breast cancer is now nearing 30,000 participants. Don’t forget every man or woman can sign up.
From everyone at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Army of Women, our best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!