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Spirit of ovarian cancer advocate keeps fundraising drive on track
Date:4/20/2010

"We have Anne's photos all over our lab," Dr. Cunliffe said. "She is really an inspiration, and her personal story empowers us to find a solution as fast as possible. Anne's determination and passion to eradicate ovarian cancer intensifies our efforts."

TGen launched a prospective biospecimen acquisition protocol in June 2009 with the aim of collecting 100 ovarian tumors for research. Biospecimens are preserved following strict procedures designed by Dr. Cunliffe's lab to facilitate state-of-the-art genomic characterization of ovarian cancer. Outcomes anticipated include advanced diagnostic and predictive measures to guide optimal treatment decisions.

"This is a highly heterogeneous and complex disease," Dr. Cunliffe said. "The technology we have available today is ideally suited to solving the severe problem of drug-resistant ovarian cancer. A significant additional benefit will be identification of more robust diagnostic biomarkers for the earlier detection of disease onset".

"Anne would be so proud of that," Corley said. "Thirteen women fighting ovarian cancer today are allowing TGen to make discoveries that will benefit women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer all because of the work that she started."

Michael Bassoff, President of the TGen Foundation, said funds from the ARM Foundation are making a significant difference in advancing research into ovarian cancer. "We are honored to be carrying on the work inspired by Anne Rita Monahan. Her legacy will be earlier diagnostics and smarter treatments for patients with this devastating disease."

Monahan was an honors graduate of Boston College in Business Administration, earned a Masters of Business Administration at Arizona State University, and retired as a small-business counselor with Maricopa County.


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Contact: Steve Yozwiak
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602-343-8704
The Translational Genomics Research Institute
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