Breast Cancer Research Donations
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Where Do BCRF Dollars Go?
The impact on breast cancer research and treatment that your donations to BCRF have made.
In the early 1990s, the cancer research community was ablaze with great excitement. Several breakthroughs in cancer genetics occurred closely together. First, the gene for breast and ovarian cancer (BReast CAncer gene one, or BRCA1) was mapped. Then, in the same year, a group at Dana-Farber found that the tumor suppressor gene p53 was instrumental in the development of the Li-Fraumeni syndrome, a rare hereditary disorder that greatly increases a person's susceptibility to develop cancer. Then mapping of the second breast cancer gene, BRCA2, quickly followed. It was in this environment of great anticipation and expectation that BCRF was founded.
Since 1993, BCRF has steadily grown from a small organization funding eight grantees totaling $159,000 in its first year, to a widely respected grantmaker contributing $33 million towards breast cancer research worldwide in 2010-2011. Broadly organized into the categories of "Finding the Cause" and "Finding the Cure," BCRF-funded projects take a multi-faceted approach to solving the breast cancer enigma so that prevention and cure(s) can be achieved in our lifetime.