It has been a busy spring and summer for the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation. With research and innovation as our guide, we are planning for growth in our efforts to find a cure and treatments for breast cancer.
Our Play for the Cure event raised almost $60,000 for our mission and it was a delightful day together after being apart for so long
We began our strategic planning process to drive even more impact for 2023 and beyond
Pam Lewis was hired as Executive Director
We are eagerly planning for Breast Cancer Awareness Month / October and looking forward to spreading awareness and collaborating with incredible partners as part of our Chicago’s In Good Taste and Purchase4Pink campaigns
Also coming up in October we look forward to cheering on Team Lynn Sage in the Chicago Marathon! This incredible team has already raised close to $70,000 and we couldn’t be prouder of the work they are doing – as well as the physical training!
This month brings our 24th annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium at Northwestern Medicine where we look forward to rich discussions on the latest research and novel patient care approaches with investigators from across the world. As part of this world-renowned event we will bring over twenty (20) doctors to the symposium through travel grants to aid in their medical education and another group of 20+ researchers from across the world through our collaboration with Chicago Sister Cities.
Our hearts are in Chicago, but we take great pride in our impact in education and research spreading internationally.
We're hopeful that we are getting closer every day to finding a cure and treatments for breast cancer and you are part of that success. We are so lucky to call you a partner and friend. We hope you will help us raise awareness in October – and be sure to schedule your mammogram, or one for a family member or friend – because early detection is key! Join us in helping to amplify information on social media to turn the Internet pink by following us on our social channels:
By Gret Luhrs | Director of Development & Operations
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.
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!
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.
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