Your Donations at Work Helping IBC Patients!
Your generous donations are helping IBC patients that are in need of financial assistance. The Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation has received a grant from our foundation. This donation was given for the specific purpose of providing support for patients with IBC. This includes, among other things, financial help for obtaining essential prescription drugs and much needed homecare for the medically underserved. We are very excited to see your much-needed donations at work, and look forward to a continuing relationship with the Little Company of Mary Hospital and other organizations involved with the treatment IBC patients.
We have also created an informative brochure about IBC in order to help fulfill the "public awareness" aspect of our goals. The brochure explains who Debbie is, what IBC is, signs and symptoms, some treatment options, questions to ask your doctor, and other tidbits of information. It is not all encompassing, but will give you some general knowledge of IBC. If you would like to view and/or print out the brochure, click on the button below. The information contained within this brochure may not be totally accurate and up-to-date. Consult a qualified healthcare professional for the most current information available.
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On July 20th, 2005, several members of the Debbie Strange-Browne IBC Foundation met with Dr. Sofia Merajver and her research team at the University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center in order to tour the facilities and gain first-hand knowledge of her tireless IBC research efforts. She spent most of the day educating us about her research and showing us her lab and other sections of their cancer center. Dr. Merajver is one of the world's leading experts on IBC and has dedicated her medical career to IBC. She is not only a medical doctor, but a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University, Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Research Program, and Director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program there at the University. Dr. Merajver is very passionate about her work and impressed us with her dedication to creating therapies for treating those with IBC and hopefully finding a way to prevent it. The Debbie Strange-Browne IBC Foundation has therefore made a $30,000 grant toward Dr. Merajver's IBC research efforts. We are confident that these funds will be used strictly toward expenses directly related to these research efforts and not for any kind of administrative purposes. Our supporters have made this grant possible, and we sincerely thank them for their generous donations.
Update: Due to another successful fundraiser this past February, Deb's IBC Foundation has been able to give an additional $15,000 this June toward Dr. Merajver's valuable research efforts. Once again, because of our generous supporters, we can continue our mission.
Pictures of Dr. Merajver and some foundation officers at the University of Michigan's Medical Center:
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The Debbie Strange-Browne Inflammatory Breast Cancer Foundation