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First-Ever Collaborative Summit on Breast Cancer Research Targets New Partnerships and Collaborative Solutions
Date:11/13/2007

is going to take all of us, working together united in this fight to discover and deliver the cures for this dreaded disease. We have to commit to mobilizing people, ensuring open dialogue and maximizing funding if we are to end breast cancer. Cancer as a whole kills some 7 million people around the globe each year," said Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Since our inception 25 years ago, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested in breast cancer research and community outreach programs, and over the next decade, we plan to increase our investment to demonstrate the seriousness of our commitment."

The Collaborative Summit opened with an address by the Honorable John Edwards Porter, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, followed by Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest grassroots network of survivors and activist committed to ending breast cancer forever. Ambassador Brinker, spoke on the nation's "funding landscape" as a leader in the non- governmental and non-profit sector, saying, "I believe in this partnership between science and society. It is the collaboration between so many of us, (that) lies at the heart of our progress in this fight ... let's use this summit to start building a new culture, a culture of collaboration."

The participants made an appraisal of the current breast cancer landscape; held frank, open discussions on current barriers to prevention and cure; and developed compelling action steps for making significant, expedited progress forward. In addition to the specific goals, the open dialogue among disparate members of the breast cancer community itself broke barriers, creating a new paradigm for constructive movement forward towards innovative initiatives, new models, partnership opportunities and potential collaborations.

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SOURCE Avon Foundation; Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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