Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer

by Lynn Sage Foundation
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Happy Spring! We are excited to announce some new developments at The Lynn Sage Foundation - starting with the addition of two new wonderful staff members. Nicole Cardamone has joined us as Business Development & Marketing Coordinator. Nicole has an infectiously positive, can-do attitude that can be found in everything she touches. In the role of Operations Coordinator, Fara Lazzara brings to the table her 30+ years of experience as the former VP of Operations at Today’s Chicago Women magazine. We are looking forward to the future of the Foundation with such an amazing team in place!

Also new at The Foundation, we are excited to announce that we are gathering resources behind Team Lynn Sage, a new endurance sports community. Team Lynn Sage members will be participating in the Chicago Half Marathon on September 25th 2016 and reaching out directly to their networks to support them and breast cancer researchers. Our team is growing by the day and we are so excited to see a new community forming around our cause. If you, or someone you know wants to join the Team you can check out all the information on our events page.

Everyone is still talking Dr. Vassilopoulos' about lab tour! The tour was so impactful because it brought what is usually un-seen research into the spotlight. Dr. Vassilopoulos continues to focus on the study of the genetic and biochemical connection between sirtuin genes and carcinogenesis as well as tumor cell resistance. As we all know, breast cancer research is a long and winding road but we are so proud to support Dr. V along it.

Mother’s Day is always a special time for us. We started The Lynn Sage Foundation to honor our mother, so it is only fitting that we find a simple way to help you honor your own mother on this special day. For the last fiveyears, we have invited supporters to send thoughtful e-cards to their own mothers (and grandmothers, and friends!) while raising funds for breast cancer research through our Cards for a Cure campaign. This year the campaign raised over $11,000. Even though Mother’s Day has passed, you can still send a thoughtful card for a birthday, to say thank you, or just because you are thinking about someone special in your life.

We hope you have a wonderful start to your summer!

Warm Regards,

Laura & Halee

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Dear Lynn Sage Supporters,

As we get settled into 2016, we’re quickly filling our calendar with many events and campaigns that will help us raise much needed funds for breast cancer research. Our mission is simple: we exist to end breast cancer, and we believe we will get there fastest by funding researchers directly – and we can only do that with your help.

We are currently funding our fifth Lynn Sage Scholar, Dr. Athanassios Vassilopoulos. One of the best things about the research we fund is that its taking place right down the street from our office, and our supporters can meet our scholar personally. Each time we name a new scholar, we host a reception and tour of the research lab. A few photos from the tour of Dr. Vassilopoulos’ lab are included!

Dr. Vassilopoulos’ research focuses on the study of the genetic and biochemical connection between sirtuin genes and carcinogenesis as well as tumor cell resistance. Dr. Vassilopoulos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. To read more about Dr. Vassilopoulos’ research, click here.

Our 2013/2014 Lynn Sage Scholar, Dr. Sarika Jain, has been working to develop new cancer therapies by targeting an enzyme called "Mnk" in triple negative breast cancer cells. Her team is using drugs that block the enzyme and have found that at high concentrations of the drug they can block growth. Further studies will define if this approach can eventually be appropriate for clinical trials.

Please remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up to date on our events and ways you can get involved.

Thank you for your generous support in the fight against breast cancer. Together we can find a cure.

Warm regards,

Laura & Halee Sage

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Dr Vassilopoulos giving donors a lab tour
Dr Vassilopoulos giving donors a lab tour

Dear Lynn Sage Foundation Supporters,

Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year is always a time of reflection, planning, and goal-setting. As The Lynn Sage Foundation works on our goals for 2016, we are reminded to keep our mission at the core of everything we do. In our first report of 2016, we want to share our very simple mission with you. We exist to end breast cancer, and we believe we will get there fastest by funding researchers directly – and we can only do that with your help.

We believe in funding research because it is the most direct route to finding a cure for breast cancer. While progress has been made, breast cancer is still the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women. We also believe in making our grants personal by choosing to fund researchers that we know, trust, and have carefully selected with the help of one of the most trusted institutions in the country. Your donations are directly contributing to real research projects that are making big advances in ending this disease.

In 2015 The Lynn Sage Foundation has accomplished some big goals – we raised almost $400,000 for research, partnered with 161 restaurant partners for October’s Chicago’s In Good Taste, sent out 334 Cards for a Cure, worked with 12 unique fitness studios to host classes benefiting our cause, and hired a new team member.

After reflecting on 2015 and careful planning, we have decided to expand The Lynn Sage Scholars Program in 2016 by funding a second scholar. With your help, we will be able to continue funding Dr. Vassilopoulos as well as a new Scholar that is yet to be named. 2016 is an important milestone in The Lynn Sage Scholars Program, as we will reach and exceed $1,000,000 given in grants over the lifetime of the program.

Additionally, we are proud to continue funding our 2015/2016 Lynn Sage Scholar, Dr. Athanassios Vassilopoulos. Dr. Vassilopoulos’ research focuses on the study of the genetic and biochemical connection between sirtuin genes and carcinogenesis as well as tumor cell resistance. Dr. Vassilopoulos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. To read more about Dr. Vassilopoulos’ research, click here.

Thank you for your commitment to breast cancer research and your support. Please remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up to date on our events and ways you can get involved. We cannot do this important work without your help.

Warm regards,

Laura & Halee Sage

Dr Vassilopoulos giving donors a lab tour
Dr Vassilopoulos giving donors a lab tour

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CHILL - November 12
CHILL - November 12

Dear Lynn Sage Supporters,

Happy October! As you probably know, October is breast cancer awareness month, and if you haven’t already you will soon start to see pink popping up all around your city. This month is special to us and we’ve got so many ways that you can get involved, both in Chicago and nationally.

What makes us different is that we fund researchers in the early stages of their careers, right here in Chicago. We even offer our supporters a chance to meet our scholars about once a year and tour their labs! Our current Lynn Sage Scholar, Dr. Athanassios Vassilopoulos, is continuing to conduct important research that focuses on the study of the genetic and biochemical connection between sirtuin genes and carcinogenesis as well as tumor cell resistance. To read more about Dr. Vassilopoulos’ research, click here.

We are looking for corporate partners to join us in the fight against breast cancer. Corporate sponsors are needed for each of our major annual events, and for your support your company will receive advertising on our website, social media, and other print/online channels. We’re currently looking for partners for 2016 and have a lot of opportunities available! If you would like more information on getting a custom proposal for your company, please let us know.

Individuals can join us, too, by participating in our upcoming online silent auction for CHILL: An International Culinary and Wine Event, which will take place at the Merchandise Mart on November 12. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and emails to be the first to know when the silent auction goes live on November 9! Do you have another idea for an event or fundraising campaign? Let us know! We’re always happy to help come up with ways to fundraise in your city!

Thank you, as always, for your generous support in the fight against breast cancer during October and the rest of the year. Together we can find a cure.

Warm regards,

Laura & Halee Sage

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Summer Toast 2015
Summer Toast 2015

Dear Lynn Sage Supporters,

As we near the end of July, we are preparing for our busy fall season. Some of our favorite events take place during the second half of the year, and we’re grateful for your continued support as we enter our main fundraising period!

Our current Lynn Sage Scholar, Dr. Athanassios Vassilopoulos, is continuing to conduct important research that focuses on the study of the genetic and biochemical connection between sirtuin genes and carcinogenesis as well as tumor cell resistance. We are proud to support such an innovative and genuine doctor and his work to end breast cancer. To read more about Dr. Vassilopoulos’ research, click here.

The Associate Board hosted their third annual Summer Toast on June 5 at The Underground in Chicago. We had an amazing time with almost 300 supporters! We are grateful to our corporate sponsors for helping make the event a huge success: Domu, Goldberg Kohn, LaSalle Network, Mesirow Financial, and Wintrust.

We are always looking for corporate partners to join us in the fight against breast cancer. If you would like more information on how your company can partner with The Lynn Sage Foundation, please let us know. Upcoming opportunities include corporate sponsorship of Chicago’s In Good Taste in October and in-kind donations to the silent auction at CHILL in November! Remember to ask your employer about matching gifts when you make your donation!

Did you know that you don’t have to be local to Chicago to get involved in our campaigns? We have national partners that support our cause by fundraising in October, breast cancer awareness month. An easy way to start is to create your own fundraising page dedicated to The Lynn Sage Foundation and share with your friends. We’re always happy to help come up with ways to raise money for breast cancer researcher in your city!

Please remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up to date about our Scholar’s progress, events and ways you can get involved.

Thank you, as always, for your generous support in the fight against breast cancer. Together we can find a cure.

Warm regards,

Laura & Halee Sage

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Lynn Sage Foundation

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.lynnsagefoundation.org
Project Leader:
Laura Sage
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Chicago, IL United States

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