13:03 | 14.11.2012
$1.3 Million Donation Combats a Grim Reality: One in Three Women Diagnosed with Cancer

A mother. A sister. A daughter. For every three women, one will develop
some type of cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer
Society. To combat this sobering statistic and to continue its steadfast
mission to support research of cancers affecting women, The Mary Kay
FoundationSM awarded grants to 13 respected doctors and
medical scientists. Each grant provides crucial funding in the amount of
$100,000 for a total of $1.3 million.

From researching new cancer treatments to findings on hereditary breast
cancer, The Mary Kay Foundation has donated more than $18 million to the
cause since 1996. The grants awarded this year fuel new research across
the United States. At UT
Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, doctors will research breast
cancer metastasis. Researchers at the University
of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., plan to take a closer
look at the early detection of ovarian cancer. Meanwhile, at Yale
University in New Haven, Conn., medical scientists will explore
breast tumor treatments.

The grants are awarded annually to fund innovative research at medical
schools recommended by The Mary Kay Foundation research review
committee, which is composed of prominent doctors who volunteer their
time to help the foundation select the best recipients across the
nation. After reviewing these recommendations, the board of directors
carefully selects the grant recipients.

“We are committed to eliminating cancers affecting women by supporting
top medical scientists who are searching for a cure for breast, uterine,
cervical and ovarian cancers,” said Jennifer Cook, executive director of
the Mary Kay Museum and member of the board of directors for The Mary
Kay Foundation. “Providing options to women who are suffering from
cancer and saving their lives brings us one step closer to eliminating
cancer. The best part of my job is learning about the women we have
helped through cancer, like Independent Beauty Consultant Betty
Savoretti and her daughter, Alisa, who are both cancer survivors.”

Another startling statistic from the American Cancer Society: An
estimated 227,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to
occur among women in the United States in 2012. Thanks to studies funded
by the Mary Kay Foundation, researchers are one step closer to finding
new drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.

“It is important in science to push the boundaries and take risks,” said
Andrew Godwin, Ph.D., director of molecular oncology at the University
of Kansas Medical Center and one of the 13 grant recipients. “The
Mary Kay Foundation grant will allow us to explore and develop new
technologies that could lead to better ways of testing, treating and
ultimately curing ovarian cancer while in its early stage.”

Click here
for a full list of 2012 grant recipients and visit
for additional information.
About The Mary Kay FoundationSM
The Mary Kay FoundationSM was created in 1996, and its
mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to
help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. By
the end of 2012, The Mary Kay FoundationSM will have awarded
more than $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic
violence prevention and more than $18 million to cancer researchers and
related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The
Mary Kay FoundationSM, please visit
or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).


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