The Baylor College of Medicine was awarded $350,000 worth of grants by the Avon Foundation for Women to support their efforts to provide breast cancer care in the community, and to advance the institution’s research on breast cancer and brain metastization.
The grants were awarded during the closing ceremonies of the 6th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Houston last Sunday, which raised a total of $2.1 million with the help of over 1000 participants consisting of breast cancer patients, survivors and their friends and families. $200,000 is an Avon Foundation Safety Net Hospital grant for Dr. Mothaffar Rimawi, medical director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at BCM, and his team to deliver care at the Harris Health System’s Smith Clinic. The remaining $150,000 is an Avon Foundation Research program grant to Dr. Dario Marchetti, professor of pathology at BCM, director of the CTC (circulating tumor cell) Core Facility at BCM and a member of the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at BCM, to support his work on this cancer’s brain metastasis.
This is the 6th consecutive year that BCM served as an official medical sponsor for the Avon Walk. Dr. Julie Nangia, assistant professor and medical director in the Smith Breast Center, shares on BCM: “This was an amazing event and I am very proud to have been a part of it. The walkers raised at least $1800, then walked a marathon, camped overnight and woke up the next morning to walk another half marathon. Each year I’ve been involved with the Avon Walk I see so many kind acts and stories of dedication that inspire me to do more.”