Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer

by Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation
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Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer
Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer
Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer
Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer
Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer
Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer
Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer
Dr. Huiping Liu, Lynn Sage Research Award Winner
Dr. Huiping Liu, Lynn Sage Research Award Winner

This May, we celebrated Mother's Day with our community. Lynn Sage was a mother to two daughters, Halee and Laura, when she passed away with breast cancer at a young age. They both reflected on what May and Mother's day means to them and the legacy that their mother created within our community.

Laura says, "I am grateful that I have a constructive outlet and community to direct my energy. I suspect my mom would be humbled and awed by the work we have all done in her honor."

And Halee reflects, "Mother's Day is filled with mixed emotions, but it's also a time for me to reflect on the important and impactful research and innovation of the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation. This essential work is in honor of my mom and for the future not only of my kids, but all younger generations."

While we remember on our past, we must also note that spring is an exciting time for the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation. With research and innovation top of mind, we announced that we continue to grow as a community in our efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.

Since January:

  • Five new Board members have joined the Lynn Sage Board of Directors for 2022 
  • We invested another $1,000,000+ in funding for research and education this year
  • Celebrity chefs, including Top Chef Winner Stephanie Izard, raised over $20,000 for our Founndation at the BarbeCure event in May
  • We will host an event on June 17, Play for the Cure, to raise funds for our mission. The last event raised over $50,000 for research and education.

We're hopeful that we are getting closer every day to finding a cure for breast cancer. Until then, we thank you for your support!

Chef Izard raises funds at BarbeCure
Chef Izard raises funds at BarbeCure
Laura and her mom, Lynn, in honor of Mother's Day
Laura and her mom, Lynn, in honor of Mother's Day
Play for the Cure event to raise funds
Play for the Cure event to raise funds

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A Year in Review
A Year in Review

As we usher in a new year, we want to celebrate. Together in 2021, we have accomplished so much! Some of our favorite highlights include our Fall Benefit, hosting our Team Lynn Sage Chicago Marathon runners, and spotlighting our research and fellows in their work to end breast cancer. 

Our signature fundraiser, the Fall Benefit, was held virtually this year. We welcomed an engaging conversation with Glennon Doyle, the #1 NYT bestselling author of UNTAMED. She is also founder & president of Together Rising, and host of the We Can Do Hard Things podcast. With the support of our community, over $500,000 was raised to help further our mission.

In October, 28 runners completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Team Lynn Sage. Each runner committed to run and train in support of eradicating breast cancer. Some of our runners have a personal tie to breast cancer in their own lives or those of family and friends, and all are personally passionate about doing their part to contribute to ending this disease in their community, nationally and globally. This October, we will have an even bigger team running to support Lynn Sage, with 36 runners registered!

What we’re most proud of in 2021 is the impact your dollars had on research. We granted over $825,000 to scholars and fellows who tirelessly work to find an end to breast cancer. This year, our Foundation funded projects studying metastatic breast cancer in the brain and therapies to better suppress brain metastasizes, to automating methods for continuously measuring breast cancer detection rates, and more.

During the 2nd year of the pandemic, we had much to celebrate, including the largest year of fundraising in Foundation history – nearly $1.45 million dollars raised to help eradicate breast cancer. Looking ahead we have so much to be hopeful about, and we're thrilled to have you join us in this important work. Thank you for your support.

Fundraising 2021
Fundraising 2021
Team Lynn Sage
Team Lynn Sage
Grants & Research
Grants & Research
Together, we can do more.
Together, we can do more.

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Team Lynn Sage
Team Lynn Sage

The Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation has five active campaigns during Breast Cancer Awareness month, October 2021.  Each campaign ties to our mission to raise funds for research and education to prevent breast cancer and improve outcomes for individuals with breast cancer. Investments drive impact globally.

Our signature fundraiser the Fall Benefit will be hosted virtually again this year given the continuation of the COVID-19 global pandemic.  We are thrilled to host a conversation with Glennon Doyle, the #1 NYT bestselling author of UNTAMED. She is also founder & president of Together Rising, and host of the We Can Do Hard Things podcast. Be sure to tune in to hear Glennon speak about her journey and join our fight against breast cancer. Register through the link provided. 

We have two complimentary campaigns Chicago’s In Good Taste™ and Purchase 4 Pink™working with restaurants and retailers to partner with the Foundation to raise money for brilliant breast cancer researchers.  Each participating partner contributes a portion of their overall sales or a portion of proceeds from a specific product or item. Please select the link below to support our restaurant community and small businesses 

We are also proud to report that we have 28 runners for Team Lynn Sage’s participation in Bank of America’s Chicago Marathon.  Each runner has committed to run and train in support of eradicating breast cancer.  Some of our runners have a personal tie to breast cancer in their own lives or those of family and friends.  While others are personally passionate about doing their part to contribute to ending this disease in their community, nationally and globally.  If you would like to support our runners, please visit the link provided.  

Lastly, we are so proud to see Chicago light up in awash of pink during our Light The Way Way to Find a Cure™ campaign, which encourages local buildings, landmarks, and businesses to illuminate pink or fly the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation flag to show their support for the many women and families who had and continue to face breast cancer. If you would like to purchase a flag for yourself or your building, please visit the link provided. 



Light The Way to Find A Cure
Light The Way to Find A Cure
Chicago's In Good Taste
Chicago's In Good Taste

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Lisa Stempel, M.D.
Lisa Stempel, M.D.

The Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation believes funding to explore new ideas is essential to finding a cure for breast cancer.  The Foundation awards both, seed funding and larger, multi-year grants, to brilliant researchers studying to improve the detection and treatment of breast cancer.  Notably, 94% of funds raised go to research and education resulting in investments that drive impact globally. 

The Foundation recently approved grants for three doctors who align with their mission to raise funds for research and education to prevent breast cancer and improve outcomes for individuals with breast cancer.  Each doctor and their research focus is highlighted below. 

Peiwen Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery, Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University is a recipient of the Lynn Sage Scholar Award of $200,000 which is paid over two years ($100,000/year).  Dr. Peiwen Chen is focused on targeting macrophage reprogramming in brain metastatic breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women, and the most common cancer metastasizing to the brain. Current therapies have failed to improve survival meaningfully. Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs)in breast cancer usually display an alternatively activated (M2-like) phenotype, which suppress antitumor immunity and foster metastasis, including brain metastasis. Therefore, reprogramming TAMs from M2-to M1-like phenotype could be a promising therapeutic approach for metastatic breast cancer. However, the molecular basis governing macrophage reprogramming during breast cancer brain metastasis remains elusive and there is no effective approach to reprogram TAMs in the tumor microenvironment. Dr. Chen will employ integrated strategies to reveal whether and how TAM reprogramming contributes to breast cancer brain metastasis. He also plans to determine how TAM reprogramming can synergize with immune checkpoint inhibitors to suppress brain metastasis of breast cancer.

Hiuping Liu, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Pharmacology, Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University is a recipient of the Lynn Sage Annual Award: $150,000. Dr. Hiuping Liu’s research is focused on single-cell proteomic analysis and targeting of breast circulating tumor cells.

Metastasis is an aggressive form of tumor cells, spreading from its original tissue, circulating in the blood vessels (circulating tumor cells), and disseminating to distant organs for secondary tumor regeneration, often incurable and causing 90% of breast cancer deaths. Dr. Liu’s recent research has revealed that circulating tumor cells with stem cell properties interact with each other and form a traveling  group of  orchestrated  clusters  during  their spreading. When more than two tumor cells migrate and circulate together as a clustered band, they have 20-100  times  higher  likelihood  of  regenerating  tumors  in  distant  organs  than  solo  tumor  cells. In order to block devastating metastases, this project will seek to better identify and target circulating tumor cells of breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) in particular.

Lisa Stempel, MD, Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Rush University is a recipient of the Lynn Sage Annual Award: $150,000.  Dr. Lisa Stempel is focused on automated methods for continuously measuring cancer detection rates for breast cancer supplemental screening modalities and risk-based populations.  

In the United States each year, 37 million women are screened for breast cancer, and yet confusion remains as to the optimal use of supplemental screening such as MRI or ultrasound for women at higher risk of breast cancer. A learning healthcare system which learns from the experiences of every patient and not just those who participate in clinical trials, is one potential approach to optimizing personalized breast cancer screening guidelines. At Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Stempel and a team of experts have developed local clinical guidelines, structured clinical documentation, and data analytics to support a learning system. In this important next phase of the work, Dr. Stempel will automatically calculate the cancer detection rate for each type of breast imaging study, an important measure of the quality of a breast cancer screening program. Then compare the cancer detection rate for different risk-based sub-populations and use this data to refine our local screening recommendations. This novel approach could have a significant impact on the future of breast cancer screening research and guideline development.

Peiwen Chen, Ph.D.
Peiwen Chen, Ph.D.
Hiuping Liu, M.D., Ph.D.
Hiuping Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

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Lynn Sage Foundation Board Members
Lynn Sage Foundation Board Members

We are beyond thrilled to announce the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation and the Lynn Sage Foundation have come together to form one new entity, the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation on January 1, 2021.

Our new organization will benefit from the legacies of the former organizations' success, and aims to appeal to the next generation of donors to maximize funding and increase awareness about screening, treatments and eradicating breast cancer.

"These two organizations are a powerhouse of combined strength, rooted in 35 years of success, passion and hard work. My family is humbled that my mother's name will continue well into the future and contribute to this cause.”  - Laura Sage, Co-Chair of the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation

Both organizations funded progress in the field of breast cancer. Beyond raising a combined $40M over 35 years, the Lynn Sage Scholars program resulted in follow-on funding more than six times the initial investment. And, the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium, which celebrates its 23rd annual event this year, is a world renowned event for doctors to collaborate on cutting-edge approaches to treatment.

The IL Department of Health estimates Chicago's 2018 breast cancer screening rate was 82.8 percent, surpassing both the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Cancer Institute targets. "We believe that thirty-five years of raising awareness and funding research in Chicago has supported that achievement," Ms. Sage continued.

“My mother's friend, Lynn Sage, left her daughters far too early. Our mission is to raise funds for research and education that will improve outcomes for individuals with breast cancer, so that no mother leaves a child behind too early because of this disease.” - Meredith Soren Freese, Co-chair of the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation

The process of combining the organizations began in the spring of 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the determination to increase effectiveness by operating as one entity. While fundraising in the current pandemic environment is challening, it is estimated that more than 300,000 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020. Progress against this disease must continue, and safe screening and treatment cannot stop during this challening time.

Your support for breast cancer research helps improve the lives of all those diagnosed with breast cancer, no matter their age, race or gender - thank you!

About Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation

The Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation raises funds for research and medical education to prevent breast cancer and improve survivorship for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer. Investments are directed locally within the Chicago area, but drive impact globally. For more information visit us online at www.lynnsage.org or follow us on our social handles:

Instagram @lynnsagebreastcancer

Facebook @lynnsagebreastcancerfoundation

Twitter @lynnsage

Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Board Members
Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Board Members

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Location: Chicago, IL - USA
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Gret Luhrs
Chicago, IL United States
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