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American Airlines Applauded for Its Fundraising to Support Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R), Promise Grant to The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Date:4/14/2009

sponsors to fund a groundbreaking Promise Grant in 2008. Komen Promise Grants are multi-million dollar, multi-year grants that allow scientists in different subspecialties - including genomics, proteomics and nanotechnology - to collaborate and find better ways to test diagnostic procedures as well as new therapies in clinical trials. The 2008 grant has allowed researchers, clinicians, advocates and caregivers at M. D. Anderson to work together on novel approaches to treating the disease.

"This collaboration and this Promise Grant serve as a model for breast cancer research going forward," said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "We're grateful to American Airlines and its customers and event sponsors for making this potentially life-saving work possible."

"M. D. Anderson is making extraordinary progress because of the generosity of these contributions, which fuel our drive and dedication towards a cure for women afflicted with this disease. This Promise Grant is paving the way for us to move very quickly to glean new information from laboratory models that will lead to better detection and long-term treatments for IBC," said Fredika Robertson, Ph.D., professor of experimental therapeutics at M. D. Anderson.

M. D. Anderson's IBC Clinic has four treatment trials using standard breast cancer therapies. To date, there is no treatment available that was developed to target inflammatory breast cancer.

"The clinical trial developed from Dr. Robertson's laboratory work will be the first line of treatment specifically targeting IBC and offering great promise for our patients," says Massimo Cristofanilli, M.D., IBC clinic director.

IBC affects only one to five percent of women with breast cancer. It is extremely aggressive, rapidly spreading from a small "bug bite" to involve the surface of the entire breast in a matter of weeks. The five-year survival ra
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