If you’ve been following our cancer blog, you’ve probably seen some of our efforts to keep breast cancer awareness going not just in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but year round. The Winship Cancer Insitute of Emory University just received a truly generous gift that will make that fight, and the fight against breast cancer on the whole, a whole lot easier.
The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation has generously committed $5 million to the Winship Cancer Institute. The commitment will name the Glenn Family Breast Program at Winship, establishing a fund to support patient care, research, education and community outreach.
More than 200,000 women in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The gift bestowed upon Winship from the Glenn Foundation will allow the cancer treatment team at the Winship Cancer Institute to further advance results in the research and treatment of breast cancer.
Some of the initiatives in place to achieve this expansion of breast cancer research and treatment include:
- A Strengthened Effort in Breast Cancer Biobanking: expand and strengthen breast cancer tumor banking efforts at the Winship Cancer Institute and leverage collaborations with the Avon Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady and Emory University Midtown Hospital. This will make Winship’s breast cancer tissue bank among the most robust in the nation and will ensure full integration of patient outcomes.
- High Risk Breast Cancer Care: Building on its strength in assessing women at high risk for breast cancer or disease recurrence and its history of collaboration with other cancer centers, Winship will expand its multi-disciplinary approach to screen and care for more women.
- Seed Grants: Building on the success of the established Glenn Scholars program, these seed grants will support young investigators in their research in four critical areas: new therapeutics, early detection, health disparities and imaging.
- Clinical Trials: The Glenn Foundation grant will contribute to new clinical trials, including novel treatment trials such as those targeting women with high-risk breast cancer, such as triple negative disease and those women who currently lack access to quality breast health care and treatment.
- Survivorship: The gift will strengthen Winship’s survivorship program to include an online database to match patients and caregivers with trained peer partners who offer support and guidance throughout treatment.
- Community Access: Winship will build a stronger coordinated community outreach program to enhance access to cancer screening and early detection services throughout and beyond metro Atlanta.
We thank the Glenn Foundation for the very generous gift and look forward to seeing lots of great developments in the research and treatment of breast cancer from the Winship Cancer Institute.