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Avon Funds Breast Cancer Research,
Clinical Care at CUMC

Photo: Charles Manley
Dignitaries cut the ribbon at the ceremony
Dignitaries cut the ribbon at the ceremony in July dedicating the Avon Foundation Breast Imaging Center and Breast Cancer Research Laboratory, located in the Irving Cancer Research Center. Andrea Jung, chairman and CEO of Avon Products, Inc., holds large scissors, at center.
The Avon Foundation Breast Imaging Center and the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Research Laboratory were dedicated in July. Since 2000, the Avon Foundation has given $16 million in support of research at CUMC and patient care at NYPH. The imaging center will provide access to screening and diagnostic services to underserved and uninsured women, while the lab will enable scientists to conduct innovative basic science research to better understand the underlying mechanisms of breast cancer. The Avon Foundation’s mission is to advance access to care and find a cure for breast cancer, with a focus on the medically underserved.
   “We’re funding hospitals to ensure that people battling breast cancer have access to the latest treatments while we also fund researchers who we absolutely believe will one day eradicate this disease,” said Andrea Jung, chairman and CEO of Avon Products, Inc., at the ceremony. “We’ve formed a wonderful partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center in this fight.”
   The imaging center and lab are in the Irving Cancer Research Center on St. Nicholas Avenue and 166th Street. Directed by Ramon Parsons, M.D., Ph.D., the Avon Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine, the laboratory aims to understand the genetic pathways involved in breast cancer and how to control these pathways to prevent or stop cancer progression.
   “I laud the Avon foundation for making a commitment to taking care of patients who otherwise would not get the kind of screening and preventive care that most of us take for granted,” said Lee Goldman, M.D., executive vice president and dean. “It’s the kind of problem that can easily fall between the cracks and the Avon Foundation has set a standard for all of us in terms of what can be accomplished.”