We Save Lives Here
Every year, the Race for the Cure gives grants to organizations in Minnesota that screen, educate, raise awareness, and support breast cancer patients—including researching a cure.
For instance, doctors at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic have been working on a clinical trial in which new drugs are administered to breast cancer patients before surgery, rather than after.
This procedure has been in practice for some time, but a statement recently made by the FDA was a game changer: If a new drug, in combination with the standard drugs, demonstrates an increased ability for a tumor to disappear before surgery, this trial could be a way for the new drug to receive approval, explains Dr. Douglas Yee, an oncologist and director for the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center.
Every day, doctors like Yee are working to find a cure, and there’s still a ways to go. “I think we are in the infancy of really understanding what a tumor is doing,” says Yee, who is also a Komen Scholar.
On the horizon: More technologic platforms that allow doctors to better determine the risk posed by tumors in a woman’s body. “We don’t treat 10 different diseases the same way,” he says. “Breast cancer is a molecularly complicated disease. One particular strategy doesn’t fit for every woman.”
2013 Grant Recipients
• Allina Associated Foundation
• American Indian Cancer Foundation
• Angel Foundation
• Cancer Legal Line
• Care Partners, Inc.
• Circle of Hope
• Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Foundation
• Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center
• Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation
• Lakewood Health System
• Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
• Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation
• Minneapolis Pathways
• Minnesota Department of Health
• North Memorial Foundation
• Open Arms of Minnesota
• Regions Hospital Foundation
• Southside Community Health Services, Inc.
• St. Mary’s Health Clinics
• West Side Community Health Services
Where Your Money Goes
Your $35 race registration fee supports a variety of breast cancer research, treatments, and services right here in the Twin Cities. Here’s a breakdown:
For more information, visit komenminnesota.org or call 952-746-1760.