WONDER WOMAN WALK for Breast Cancer
We are excited to announce that the Second Annual Jessica M. Berman WONDER WOMAN WALK for Breast Cancer will take place on September 18, 2016! Go to www.wonderwomanwalk.org to register to walk, make a donation or for more information.
The Foundation, in partnership with Tower Cancer Research Foundation, founded the Walk last year to continue the legacy of Jessica. The inaugural Walk was a huge success! We raised over $550,000 and had over 1,100 participants.
The proceeds from the Walk have gone to fund two $500,000 Jessica M. Berman Memorial Fund Senior Investigator Grants at Tower as well as to fund patient support services programs. Our first five-year, $500,000 Senior Investigator Grant was awarded in 2015. We received 26 submissions for this grant, by an impressive list of world-class scientists and doctors, representing the leading research institutions in Southern California. Each of these submissions were worthy of our funding, but after a thorough discussion and debate amongst Tower’s Scientific Advisory Board, we selected Dr. Richard Pietras of UCLA, Division of Hematology/Oncology, for his work on next generation estrogen receptor downregulators for breast cancer therapy.
In April 2016, we awarded our second $500,000 Jessica M. Berman Senior Investigator Grant. We received 23 high caliber submissions for consideration and after consultation with Tower’s Scientific Advisory Board, we selected Dr. Michael Press of USC’s Norris Cancer Center for his work to develop a biomarker needed to establish cancer susceptibility to a new agent that directly targets cancer cell division in breast cancer patients. The Foundation has also committed over $100,000 to breast cancer patient support services. To that end, in June 2016, the Foundation allocated a $50,000 grant to Camp Kesem.
We hope you will join us on September 18th as we walk towards a future without breast cancer!