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College of Notre Dame of Maryland Seeks 25,000 Volunteers for Breast Cancer Research

March 23, 2011

College of Notre Dame of Maryland is supporting the Love/Avon Army of Women, a nationwide initiative to recruit 1 million volunteers to enroll in research to help uncover the causes of breast cancer. A program of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and funded by a grant from the Avon Foundation, the Army of Women seeks women and men across the U.S., of all ages (over 18) and ethnicities, with or without breast cancer, to be counted as “one in a million” by signing up at armyofwomen.org. 

To raise awareness for the campaign, College of Notre Dame is hosting a recruitment rally on Friday, May 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring Dr. Susan Love, founder of the Army of Women, president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and a leader in the breast cancer field for more than 30 years. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the Army of Women and to enlist. Notre Dame is working toward an ambitious goal—adding 25,000 more names to the Army of Women—and hopes to bring women and men from the entire region to sign up and be counted.

“The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation has been a leading champion of the cause, and we are honored to join them in the fight,” said PJ Mitchell, chair of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, co-chair of the recruitment rally and a breast cancer survivor. “At Notre Dame, it is our mission to change lives. By enlisting with us in the Army of Women, you are potentially changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and their families by preventing breast cancer from ever striking.”

“Traditionally, it has been women who have led the fundraising and advocacy efforts to end breast cancer,” said Dr. Love. “The Army of Women initiative gives all women and men, over the age of 18, the opportunity to be part of the research itself and help keep our collective focus on moving breast cancer beyond a cure and eradicating it once and for all.” 

While there have been many advances in breast cancer detection and treatment, researchers still do not understand its causes and need additional volunteers in order to conduct effective studies. After signing up at armyofwomen.org, members will receive regular e-mails (2 to 3 times per month) notifying them of research studies that they can participate in if willing and if they are eligible. They can enroll in the studies online or, if they do not meet the criteria of the particular study, or otherwise choose not to participate, they may forward the information to a friend or family member. Every woman and man 18 and older is invited to enlist in the Army of Women, regardless of their medical history. 

Current breast cancer studies where Army of Women volunteers are needed focus on using breast milk to screen for breast cancer,and finding a better way to predict a woman’s breast cancer risk among other studies. Participation can involve anything from providing a blood sample to something as simple as filling out an online questionnaire. For the full list of current projects, visit armyofwomen.org/current. 

Event Sponsors
More than 30 Baltimore hospitals and businesses have signed on to support the Rally for Research, including presenting partners The Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Northwest Hospital and The Baltimore Sun Media Group. The broadcast media partner is WYPR-FM, hospitality partner is Wegmans and Notre Dame partner is School Sisters of Notre Dame Atlantic-Midwest Province. Community partners who have signed on to support the event include About Faces Day Spa & Salon, Bruce Weller Photography, Clifton Gunderson LLP, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Good Samaritan and Union Memorial Hospitals Cancer Program, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Jim Vecchione Photography & Film, Mercy Health Services, PSA Insurance & Financial Services, Redhead Companies, The Saint Agnes Hospital Breast Center, St. Joseph Medical Center, University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, The Washington Group and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP. Ambassadors include The Breast Center of Anne Arundel Medical Center, Thomas C. Beach III and Patricia J. Beach, Network 2000, The Pleasure of Your Company, Stevenson University, United Way of Central Maryland's Women's Leadership Council and Women's College Coalition. Advocate-level sponsors are Baltimore Jewish Times, Bare Necessities LTD, The Junior League of Baltimore and Sisters Network Baltimore. In-Kind partners include Dietz & Watson, Homestead Gardens, Pandora Jewelry and Thornton's Pub.

The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation 
The mission of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer and improve the quality of women’s health through innovative research, education and advocacy. For more information: www.dslrf.org.

The Avon Foundation 
The Avon Foundation, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women and their families, and focuses on breast cancer and domestic violence. From1992 through 2008, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has raised and awarded more than $585 million worldwide for access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer, with a focus on the medically underserved. Funding supports five areas: awareness and education; screening and diagnosis; access to treatment; support services; and scientific research. Beneficiaries range from leading cancer centers to community-based non-profit breast health programs. For more information, visit www.avonfoundation.org

College of Notre Dame of Maryland 
College of Notre Dame of Maryland engages students as confident, capable learners and leaders, thriving in the vibrant, personal community of its distinguished Women's College, College for Adult Undergraduate Studies and graduate programs. Rich in tradition, Notre Dame provides students with opportunities in research, study abroad and service to the global community. Notre Dame’s graduates change lives—in their careers, communities and families. In September 2011, the College becomes Notre Dame of Maryland University. Visit www.ndm.edu.