From the Director

An update from the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer

BY Lynda Houk, Executive Director

(october 2015)

Dear Friends,

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October also marks the end of summer, the start of football season, pumpkin everything, and the end of our fiscal year. With the crisp fall air upon us, we have a perfect opportunity to pause and reflect on our mission and what we, as a Foundation dedicated to breast cancer research, have accomplished over the past year. My first thoughts as I reflect upon the past year are of gratitude. I’m filled with gratitude for each and every one of you. To every donor, to every event participant, to every volunteer – I thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing that breast cancer is worth fighting every single month of the year.

I am thrilled to be able to share that together, we have raised $2,500,000 for breast cancer research this year. We have now donated $25,700,000 of the $35,000,000 pledge made to the ​​IU Simon Cancer Center. Your generosity has resulted in a gathering of 40 remarkable researchers working together, reflecting the complexity of breast cancer and the diverse expertise needed to help women live free of breast cancer. Researchers at the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories know that to improve breast cancer treatment, they must consider both the genetics of the tumor and of the woman it has invaded. Through ​Monogrammed Medicine, which is treatment customized for each individual woman, tremendous progress has been made in treating breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month gives us a chance to renew our commitment to raising funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. With your partnership, we feel renewed, invigorated and ready to do just that and more in the coming year. We hope you’ll join us again!

With Gratitude,

Lynda Houk
Executive Director