University of Cincinnati’s (UC) seventh annual “My Mother, My Daughter,
Myself” luncheon, which includes an insightful discussion on intimacy
following breast surgery, will generate critical funding for new breast
cancer research conducted by local scientists and physicians.
by Kris Kalnow and Sally Leyman, both of Hyde Park, the event will
begin at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Hyatt Regency in
downtown Cincinnati with pre-event activities starting at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served promptly at noon.
than 600 people attended the event in 2005, which raised over $100,000.
All proceeds from the 2006 event will benefit the UC’s Pilot Projects
Grant Program, an annual funding initiative to support promising
translational cancer research ideas of UC physicians and scientists.
for research funding is fierce—especially for young researchers who are
just starting to apply for major grants,” said David Stern, MD, interim
director of the UC/Barrett Cancer Center and dean of the College of Medicine.
“Community funding support allows us to give bright young researchers a
jumpstart in funding that will allow them to begin testing their
theories sooner and improve our understanding of breast cancer.”
This year’s event will feature guest speaker Marisa Weiss, MD, director of breast radiation oncology at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Penn., and founder of breastcancer.org, a comprehensive Web resource for women seeking answers to questions and concerns about breast cancer.
to the luncheon (10:30 a.m.), Weiss will lead a frank discussion about
the medical and personal challenges of intimacy and sexuality after
breast cancer. During her luncheon keynote address (noon), she will
explore both the practical and amusing aspects of the patient-doctor
relationship. Luncheon attendees will have the opportunity to ask
questions after the presentation.
the event, exhibitors and community cancer support groups will provide
information about the latest developments in breast cancer research,
treatment and care at booths outside the ballroom. Vendors will
also be in attendance selling everything from clothes and jewelry to
tickets are $100 and tables start at $1,000. Event sponsorships are
also available. For more information on attending or sponsoring the
event, call Rachel Whisner in the UC/Barrett Cancer Center development
office at (513) 558-8624.
American Cancer Society estimates that at least 212,000 women will be
diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2006. More than 15 percent of
new cancer cases in Ohio involve the breast.