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Magee-Womens Research Institute to Receive $100,000 Donation for Breast Cancer Research


PITTSBURGH, March 20, 2009 – The Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) will receive $100,000 from the Pennsylvania nonprofit organization A Glimmer of Hope to fund research on premenopausal breast cancer. The donation will be presented by current and former Pittsburgh Steelers Heath Miller and Alan Faneca, their wives, Katie Miller and Julie Faneca, and A Glimmer of Hope president Diana Napper at 10 a.m., Monday, March 23 at MWRI's 1st Floor Conference Center, 205 Craft Ave., Oakland.

"We are extremely grateful for A Glimmer of Hope's longstanding support of our cutting edge research on premenopausal breast cancer," said Margaret Joy, chair of Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation. "This financial support allows our researchers to focus on the effects of breast cancer on women of childbearing age, who are more likely to die from the disease compared to older women."

In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and Magee-Womens Hospital, MWRI is involved in basic and clinical investigations to assess a full range of issues related to breast cancer, including a focus on premenopausal women. Other studies target the underlying causes of breast cancer as well as the psychosocial and behavioral impact of the disease. Magee and UPCI have joined to create one of the largest comprehensive breast cancer programs in the United States, performing more than 95,000 breast-imaging procedures and treating 1,300 new breast cancer patients annually. The Magee-Womens Hospital/UPCI Breast Program currently has 24 clinical trials underway in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

A Glimmer of Hope has been supporting breast cancer research since 1994. The organization has raised over $900,000 to further fund the largest premenopausal breast cancer study in the United States. For more information, please visit their website at www.symbolofthecure.com.

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