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We believe all women with advanced breast cancer deserve a fighting chance.
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Dec 08, 2010

Ann Regula Gorkoski

On December 1, 2010, Marilyn's dear friend Ann lost her 7+ year battle with cancer.  Ann and Lynn were best friends at Marymount High School; Lynn was Ann's maid of honor when she got married and the friendship continued throughout their short lives. 

When Ann was initially diagnosed with kidney cancer, she faced the news with a tough exterior and quiet resolve that would become the hallmark of how to live with an insidious disease. If you didn't know she had cancer, you would never guess that she had it. By embracing a positive spirit Ann was able to see her children through high school and college, ensuring that she passed along her strength and determination to her beloved children, Pat and Katie. 

In her last year of life, Ann knew tragedy and pain, with her husband Kevin passing away on July 20, 2010. Soon after, Ann's doctors revealed her cancer had metastasized to virtually every area of her now petite and weakened frame. While others would have turned inward or given up, Ann chose to press on with courage, revealing a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration for everyone who's lives she touched.   

- Jan (Ann's sister)


Dec 02, 2010

Dear Friends of the Foundation:

As we reflect on 2010, it has been a year of quiet growth for the Foundation. Despite the tough economic climate, the Foundation has been able to make significant contributions to advanced breast cancer research.

The third annual Golf for a Cure outing moved to Shaker Country Club in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, where we partnered with the Miracle Fund of University Hospitals to broaden the scope of the outing. The event sold out in advance of the June 17th date, and netted $60,000, which was in turn invested in the Miracle Fund at Ireland Cancer Center (at University Hospitals). This was the most successful Golf for a Cure to date, and we look forward to even more success in 2011 when once again we will host the event at Shaker Country Club on Thursday, June 18.

During October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, two friends of the Foundation, Eddie’s House (restaurant) and Hava Java (coffee shop) in Phoenix sponsored promotions to benefit the Foundation. Eddie Matney, executive chef and owner of Eddie’s House, offered both a luncheon and dinner entrée at his popular restaurant, the proceeds from which were donated in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Likewise, Hava Java customers contributed during October as part of their fund-raising promotion. Our heartfelt thanks to Eddie's House restaurant and Hava Java for their friendship and support.

Finally, thanks to all our friends, donors, sponsors, volunteers, research partners, and others in the Mountains of Hope circle of supporters who continue to make the Foundation stronger.  As you consider your year-end tax planning, please remember that every dollar donated to the Foundation is a dollar directly invested in advanced breast cancer research with world-class scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, TGen Foundation in Phoenix, and the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals in Cleveland.

Donations can be made online through our website, www.MountainsOfHopeFoundation.org, or by mail to: P.O. Box 80500, Phoenix, AZ 85060-0500. Your gifts to the Foundation are fully tax deductible.

Our sincere wishes for peace and joy this holiday season – and for good health and prosperity in the New Year.

Happy Holidays!

Al

Allen J. Gula, Jr.
Foundation Chairman & CEO


Dec 14, 2009

A Year-End Message . . .

As we reflect on 2009 in relation to the Foundation, it has been a year of growth and expansion. Despite the tough economic climate, the Foundation has been able to make significant contributions to advanced breast cancer research.

It has been a challenging year, but with the dedication of a terrific team of volunteers we have held four successful fund-raisers – three of them “first-time events”.
 
The year began sluggishly for the Foundation, but jump-started on June 17 with the second annual Golf for a Cure golf outing in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. Chaired by Tony Anselmo and Annette Paul, the event raised $32,000 for the beneficiary organization, the Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals in Cleveland.

Continuing the momentum in Cleveland, the first Zoo Walk for Hope was held at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in August 15.  A first-time event for the Foundation, more than 350 participants in signature purple tee shirts joined in the 5K walk, led by Cleveland Indians mascot “Slider”. Chaired by Annette Paul and Kathryn Kuhnle, this event generated another $16,000 for the Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
 
October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Foundation sponsored events in two cities. On October 4, Kincaid’s in Burlingame, CA was the site of the first Fight for a Cure brunch chaired by Lyle Sweeney and Dolores Stansfield. Kincaid’s provided a gorgeous setting overlooking San Francisco Bay where more than 150 guests enjoyed pink mimosas, a lavish brunch, and a unique silent auction. Featured guest speaker was Dr. Hope Rugo of UCSF Breast Cancer Center, whose research team was the beneficiary organization. The event raised $25,000 for the UCSF Carol S. Buck Breast Cancer Center.
 
Finally, on October 23, Sight, Sound, and Taste for a Cure – a unique event combining the grand opening of LMC Home Entertainment’s spectacular new showroom in Scottsdale, AZ with the Foundation’s fourth fund-raiser of the year. The event featured a menu of specialties prepared by Eddie Matney, one of the Valley’s top chefs and owner of Eddie’s House restaurant in Scottsdale;  beverages including wines from Su Vino Winery and pink martinis from Belvedere Vodka, cigars from Ambassador Fine Cigars; some terrific auction items; and special guests, baseball legend, Joe Garagiola, and his wife Audrie. Kelly Hundelt and I chaired the event which raised $30,000  to benefit the TGen Foundation in Phoenix.
 
This year we developed new partnerships – with both the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals in Cleveland, and the Diana Hyland Miracle Fund, an organization in Cleveland with the same goal as the Foundation:  to fight advanced breast cancer through specific research. The Foundation made a $50,000 donation in support of advanced breast cancer research to the Ireland Cancer Center in November. We hope to grow and develop this partnership further in 2010. We have now made donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, UCSF in San Francisco, TGen in Phoenix, and University Hospitals in Cleveland.  You may track the progress of the various projects we’re supporting on our website.
 
At this time I feel compelled to comment on the government’s recommendation for self-exams and mammograms for women.  From my own experience during my wife’s 10½-year ordeal monthly self exams and mammograms are essential in the early detection of breast cancer. It is a terrible mistake not to do monthly self exams and schedule annual mammograms – and no age is too early. This is how my wife detected her first lump, which was cancerous, and each recurrence thereafter. A lump can be detected through self-exam faster than any other means. In cases where lumps are not discovered through self-exams, annual mammograms are still the best course of catching the disease early. In my opinion it is irresponsible for the government to come out minimizing the importance of these two detection methods. The notion of “false positives” can be upsetting, but it’s a small price to pay.

Some additional features on our website we hope you will find useful:

  • You can register  on our home page to receive a monthly reminder by email to do a  self-exam.  
  • Also on our  website you can access daily news updates on breast cancer advances, research,  etc.
  • Finally, we have  some great gift ideas for your last-minute shopping needs on our  site. Click here to SHOP!

Finally, THANK YOU to our friends, donors, sponsors, volunteers, research partners, and others in the Mountains of Hope circle of supporters who continue to make the Foundation stronger. As you consider your year-end tax planning, please remember that every dollar donated to the Foundation is a dollar directly invested in advanced breast cancer research with world-class scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, UCSF Breast Cancer Center in San Francisco, TGen Foundation in Phoenix, and the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals in Cleveland. Your gifts to the Foundation are fully tax deductible.
 
Our sincere wishes for peace and joy this holiday season – and for good health and prosperity in the New Year.   

Happy Holidays!
Al
Allen J. Gula, Jr.
Foundation Chairman & CEO


Oct 30, 2009

LMC Home Entertainment Ltd. (www.lmche.com) opened its doors on October, 23 with a gala grand opening/fundraiser in partnership with the Marilyn B. Gula Mountains of Hope Foundation.

Sight, Sound & Taste for a Cure was held in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month to raise awareness and funding for advanced breast cancer research. The venue was LMC Home Entertainment Ltd.’s state-of-the-art, world-class showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The event attracted more than 200 guests who mingled throughout the various theaters and media rooms while dining on culinary delights prepared by Chef Eddie Matney, celebrated Valley chef and owner of Eddie’s House restaurant. It was a festive atmosphere, featuring pink martinis from Belvedere Vodka, fine wines from Su Vino Winery, and premier cigars from Ambassador Fine Cigars. White House Design Studio provided the flowers.


Special guests for the evening were Joe Garagiola, legendary baseball player, and his wife, Audrie. Joe graciously posed for pictures and signed copies of baseballs and his book Just Play Ball
, with proceeds donated to the Foundation.

The silent auction offered premium and unusual items, including a 65” plasma TV and McIntosh stereo amplifier donated by LMC Home Entertainment Ltd.; a custom men’s shirt package from Moda Georgio Custom Tailors; a humidor and cigar package from Ambassador Fine Cigars; Anquan Boldin autographed pink gloves from Cutters Performance Gloves and Grips; single-game use of a Phoenix Suns luxury suite for 18; a Barrett-Jackson VIP package; a Molina Fine Jewelers signature timepiece; autographed baseballs and books from Joe Garagiola; complete auto detail package from European Detail Specialists; Kids’ Security Package provided by the Arizona Diamondbacks; gift certificate from White House Design Studio; a picture by Jeanne Bonine; several necklaces designed by local artists; salon and spa packages from Leiden Mitchell Salon and Spa, Rachel Hall’s Classic Beauty and A Perfect Sole; an original painting by Kimberly Levi; hand-painted scarf by Gina Richmann; one-year Scottsdale Gun Club membership; autographed items by Grant Hill, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays and Dusty Baker.


The event, the first of its kind for LMC Home Entertainment Ltd. and for Mountains of Hope, would not have been possible without the support and sponsorship of Greg and Kathy Hunt of GM Hunt Construction, Mike Ware, co-owner of LMC Home Entertainment Ltd., Chef Eddie Matney, chef extraordinaire and owner of Eddie’s House, Cory and Christine Whalin and Matthew and Maureen Corey of Su Vino Winery, and Maria Lamberti of Belvedere Vodka. A special thank you to Kelly Hundelt, Foundation co-chair, who worked tirelessly to ensure the evening’s success. In addition to Kelly, I want to thank her team of volunteers:

Dense Deihl

Gary Hundelt

Oliver Hundelt

Betty Kielty

Bob Kielty

Liz Kielty

Leslie Kohler

Edna Lake

Jim Lake

Erin Massey of TGen Foundation

Annette Paul

Laura Prince

Christine Ridgeway

Camille Sullivan

Kathy Tatum

Connie Waddell

Joe Zabramski

Verna Zabramski

The joint efforts of everyone involved resulted in the Foundation’s raising $30,000, which will be invested in an advanced breast cancer research project at TGen (www.tgen.org).  Further details will be reported on this site in the upcoming months.

On a final note, LMC Home Entertainment Ltd. has generously committed to donating 5% of gross sales by attendees until the end 2009 to the Marilyn B. Gula Mountains of Hope Foundation. Proceeds from those sales will also be invested with TGen.

Once again, on behalf of the Foundation, my sincere thanks to those who were part of this event, and those who continue to support the Foundation’s fight against advanced breast cancer.

With gratitude,

Allen J. Gula, Jr.
Foundation Chairman and CEO


Sep 04, 2009

August 15, 2009 was a beautiful summer morning at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. By 8:00 am the Mountains of Hope Foundation banner was hung to welcome more than 350 participants of all ages.  Families came together representing three generations - . grandparents, parents and children – who turned out that morning to support advanced breast cancer research and the Ireland Cancer Center, beneficiary of the Foundation’s 2009 Zoo Walk for Hope.

The pavilion was alive with music provided by John Pojman of Rolling Thunder Productions. Songs such as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” added an appropriate touch.  After a few heartfelt words of welcome by Al Gula, Jr., Foundation Chairman, the 5K walk got underway led by the big, pink, fuzzy creature, Cleveland Indians’ mascot, Slider, a friend to both the Foundation and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Slider led the walkers along a path roughly 3.1 miles – past the many scenic attractions the Zoo has to offer: primates, big cats, the Rainforest, giraffes, dinosaurs, and so many others. 
Most of the participants had donned their Walk tee shirts – the Foundation’s signature dark purple with white logo and the many event sponsors parading down the back.  There was a sea of purple that day at the Zoo as families stayed on after the walk and enjoyed a day with the animals.

Our heartfelt thanks to each of the participants for their support, to those who made donations but were unable to be with us, to the doctors and staff of University Hospitals, and to our sponsors:

Babcock Logo

Vocon & Ardent Logos

Betty Bowers, Father Bill Dickinson

Hospitality Sponsors

Rosemary Blessing, Dolores and Al Stansfield

T-Shirt Sponsors

LaGuardia Reynolds & Associates

Rolling Thunder DJ Entertainment

Wynocker Family, Barry Family, Woodlawn Estates,
Apostle Family, Synk Family, Kuhnle Family, Paul Family

And, a special thanks to the co-chairs of the event, Kathryn Kuhnle and Annette Paul, their committees and volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure a fun, well-organized event.

However, the best part of the walk is the money that was raised to benefit the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals. We’re proud to announce $15,300.00 was raised in conjunction with this event.  These funds, along with the $32,000.00 generated from the second annual Foundation golf outing, will allow the Foundation to donate $50,000 to the Ireland Cancer Center this year. As always, every dollar raised will be invested in advanced breast cancer research. The progress and results of our funding will be shared on this site in the upcoming months.


Thanks again to everyone who contributed to the success of the first annual Marilyn B. Gula Mountains of Hope Foundation “Walk for Hope”.
With gratitude,

Allen J. Gula, Jr.
Foundation Chairman


Jul 17, 2009

It is nearly three years since Lynn’s death – on July 26, 2006 she succumbed to the insidious disease that we had lived with for more than ten years.  It is a time for reflection for me, and although I miss her as much today as I did then, she remains close in my heart through the Foundation she established and the work we are doing in her memory to fight advanced breast cancer.

I am most pleased with the Foundation’s new website which has been launched just this past week.   Not only does it have a bright new look and feel, but our capabilities have increased dramatically.  Our goal is to refresh it regularly with news, pictures, events, and breast-cancer related articles.   I hope you will visit us often, share the site with others, and use the site as a resource to keep tabs on our progress.

Our success to date would not be possible without the dedication of many terrific volunteers who have worked tirelessly in support of our fundraising events; the tremendous research partnership with:  Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York; UCSF Breast Cancer Center in San Francisco; and TGen in Phoenix, AZ; our medical advisory board:  Dr. Cliff Hudis of Sloan-Kettering; Dr. Hope Rugo of UCSF; Dr. Cliff Reid of Complete Geonomics, and our newest member, Dr. Heather Cunliffe of TGen.  I’m grateful to the sponsors of our events, those who attend our events, to family and friends, and to our donors who have reached out to join us in our battle against advanced breast cancer.  I am looking forward to working with our most recent research partner, the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, our home town.   It was at UH that Lynn was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996.  It is an honor for us that the doctors and scientists of this world-class cancer center will be part of our research family.

Coming up . . .
We’re excited about our events in 2009.  Our recent golf outing, Golf for a Cure, raised $32,000. The next event - also in Ohio – is the Walk for Hope at the Cleveland Zoo on August 15.   Our goal is to raise awareness for the Foundation at this family-oriented, fun-filled event. Kathryn Kuhnle and Annette Paul are co-chairs of the walk. Money raised from both these events will be invested in Advanced Breast Cancer Research projects at University Hospital Ireland Cancer Center in Cleveland Ohio. In October there will be events in California and Arizona.   On October 4 we will kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month at a lunch to be held at Kincaid’s overlooking San Francisco Bay.  Lyle Sweeney and Dolores Stansfield are co-chairs.  There will be speakers, auction items, great food, and drink to raise money and awareness.  Dr. Hope Rugo and the UCSF breast cancer center will benefit from the proceeds.  October 23 will be the grand opening of L&M Home Entertainment’s North Scottsdale showroom.  To celebrate, L&M is the site of our Phoenix fund-raiser, Sight, Sound and  Taste for a Cure.   Besides L&M, our partners in hosting this event will be renowned local chef, Eddie Matney of Eddie’s House restaurant, SuVino Winery and Ambassador Cigars.  The evening promises to be filled – as advertised – with exciting sights, sounds and tastes and a lot of fun. Kelly Hundelt and I are co-chairs of this event. Money raised from this event will be invested in Advanced Breast
 Cancer Research at TGen in Phoenix.

You will be able to read more about these events and register online at this site.

A very special thanks . . .
Our heartfelt thanks to Rob Davidson and his firm, DavidsonBelluso (www.davidsonbelluso.com), who built this website and have been invaluable working with us on marketing and public relations for the Foundation.   Rob and his team have worked tirelessly to create a site that represents us so beautifully and allows us the capability to grow and expand technically.   It has been a terrific experience working with them.

Finally . . .
I am proud of the Foundation and the progress we’ve made in the three years since Lynn’s death – and again, I am grateful to all those who have touched us and contributed to our success.   Thank you in advance for your continued support.   


Allen J. Gula, Jr.
Foundation Chairman


Jan 29, 2009

 

The number of deaths due to metastatic breast cancer is slowly decreasing in the USA, a trend generally attributed to broad screening with breast examination and mammography along with standardized treatment approaches for early stage disease. However, the absolute decrease in annual deaths measured over the past 15 years is relatively modest and we still suffer about 110 deaths from this disease each and every day.

These deaths occur because once breast cancer is detected beyond the breast and lymph nodes it is typically incurable and develops resistance to any and all known therapies. At the same time it is very important to recognize that outcomes vary widely for individual patients. In the past few years there has been a remarkable increase in our understanding of the molecular biology of breast cancers in the laboratory perhaps providing a partial explanation for some of the clinical variations we see but also opening many new avenues for clinical research. Translating these laboratory advances into meaningful clinical improvements is complex because it involves careful selection of appropriate patients, identification of active drugs, rapid accrual of clinical trials, and efficient sharing of research results.

All of this requires a robust research infrastructure but unfortunately, this need for increased investment has coincided with a period of relatively decreased public funding for cancer clinical trials. While my personal research is focused on the development of a range of specific treatments based on interesting observations made in the laboraties of collaborating scientists, I am at the same time dedicated to raising resources for investigators everywhere working to improve outcomes for patients with metastatic breast cancer, and increasing public and professional awareness of the opportunities and challenges before us through education and outreach.

 


Dec 18, 2008
2008 has been a difficult year for many - individually and as a nation. Despite the very difficult economy and financial chaos (unprecedented in many of our lifetimes), the Foundation has marked its most successful year to date.

Because of the donations and support we've received, we have been able to provide both the TGen Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Breast Cancer Center in New York with funding to undertake projects targeted at advanced breast cancer research. In recent meetings with their research teams, it's obvious the Foundation is making a difference through the partnerships we've forged with these two prestigious organizations.

The Foundation very much appreciates the support of our family, friends, and dedicated individuals who have contributed to our success.

As we approach year-end, please consider making a donation and telling your family and friends about the Foundation.

Our sincere gratitude for enabling the Foundation to carry out its mission this year, and our thanks in advance for your support going forward. May the peace and joy of the holiday season be with you.

With sincere thanks,
Allen J. Gula, Jr.
Foundation Chairman

Oct 01, 2008
As we recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I reflect over the past year and the opportunities the Foundation has had to participate in the fight against this terrible disease.

As a result of several very successful fund-raisers earlier this year and due to the dedicated support of those who join us in our battle against breast cancer -- our friends and family, sponsors, donors, board members and event participants -- the Foundation has been able to commit funding to two significant advanced breast cancer research trials.

Recently we donated $200,000 to the TGen Foundation to expand its studies of breast cancer. TGen (www.tgen.org) is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

This $200,000 in funding will specifically support a two-part genomics project under the direction of Dr. Heather Cunliffe, who leads the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research Lab at TGen and her colleague, Dr. Steve Anthony, a senior investigator at TGen and the Chief Medical Officer of TGen Drug Development. Their aim is to develop more effective drug treatments for advanced breast cancer.

"The funding from the Mountains of Hope Foundation will allow us to conduct a study where we periodically 'spot check' the cancer on a genetic level to determine how well it responds to therapy," Cunliffe said.

The first phase of the TGen project will be a pilot study to develop and refine genetic technologies. The second phase will be a clinical trial that will compare the treatment response and outcome of stage IV breast cancer patients.

A second donation of $50,000 is being made to Memorial Sloan Kettering (www.mskcc.org) in support of a study being done by Dr. Jacqueline Bromberg (a colleague of one of our medical advisers, Dr. Cliff Hudis) on breast cancer stem cells and metastases.

Breast cancer is the most common malignancy diagnosed among women worldwide. It is a heterogeneous disease which is characterized clinically by size, spread to lymph nodes, estrogen receptor expression and her2neu receptor expression which dictates treatment options. However, many patients have cancers which cannot be treated with targeted anti-estrogen or anti-her2neu therapies. Despite significant improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease, tumor dormancy followed by distant recurrences accounts for 90% of all cancer deaths. Dr. Bromberg's study will involve studying "cancer stem cells" to better understand them, which is required in order to treat this potentially fatal disorder effectively. The results of this proposed work will likely define a new modality of therapy for patients with metastatic disease.

I am grateful and proud to share in the world-class research being done by these two prominent breast cancer research organizations. I would encourage you to invite your family and friends to visit our website (www.mountainsofhopefoundation.org) and consider a donation, particularly during Breast Cancer Awareness month. We welcome any feedback, and would appreciate hearing from you -- with an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation through your generosity, your compassion, and for your concern and action to promote women's healthcare. Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Let us remember and pray for the 110 women a day who die from breast cancer and the hundreds of thousands who so desperately need hope -- particularly during this month of October. We believe all women with advanced breast cancer deserve a fighting chance.


Allen J. Gula, Jr.
Foundation Chairman

Jul 25, 2008
Today, July 26, 2008, marks the second anniversary of the death of my beloved wife, Lynn, the namesake of the Marilyn B. Gula Mountains of Hope Foundation.

Although the Foundation was founded and active during Lynn's lifetime, since her death we have continued to move forward with our mission - We believe all women with advanced breast cancer deserve a fighting chance.

During the last two years we've seen the Foundation grow and flourish. We owe thanks to so many who have been part of our growth: the Foundation Board of Directors, the doctors on our advisory board, and numerous volunteers and consultants who have donated their time and expertise to our fund-raising endeavors. My heartfelt thanks, too, to the financial supporters who, through their generosity, have allowed us to make the two donations mentioned below.

During this past year we held two successful fund-raisers: Castle for a Cure on March 22, 2008 in Phoenix, which raised $100,000 for the Foundation; and Golf for a Cure on June 18, 2008 in Ohio, which generated $35,000 for breast cancer research.

I'm pleased to share that the $100,000 raised by Castle for a Cure has been matched by the Foundation to allow us to make a $200,000 donation to the TGen Foundation. Working with TGen, we have mutually agreed on the project to receive the funding: Molecular Characterization of Circulating Tumor Cells in Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer to Guide Chemotherapy Choices.

TGen's project will target Stage IV advanced breast cancer patients and seek to develop a novel program which will allow physicians to more effectively treat patients with Stage IV advanced breast cancer. The goal of the trial is to determine whether personalized adjustments of therapy guided by a patient's unique molecular pathology enhances clinical outcome; Improving the Quality of Life and possibly extending the Patients Life.

We will provide periodic progress reports on this website as they become available.

The Foundation has made a second donation of $50,000 to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in support of Dr. Jacqueline Bromberg's research study on ?The Role of the Growth Factor IL-6 in Breast Cancer. Essentially, High IL-6 levels are produced by breast cancer stem cells which have the capacity to metastasize and are resistant to chemotherapy. Dr. Bromberg's laboratory is developing and investigating inhibitors of IL-6 production both in breast cancer cells and in patients. Dr. Bromberg's laboratory is testing these inhibitors in patients and correlating the clinical response to changes in IL-6 levels. There is reason to believe that the direct inhibitors of this signaling pathway will be a potent inhibitor of metastatic disease.

Looking ahead, we are proud to be affiliated with these significant breast cancer research projects and are excited to track their progress.

As we look forward we will continue to develop and enhance another Castle for a Cure and various golf outing concepts along with other more specialized fund-raising events. We continue to grow our resources through private donations, and, again, thank our friends and supporters from the bottom of my heart.

Lynn's spirit continues through the Foundation. We believe all women with advanced breast cancer deserve a fighting chance.

With gratitude, Allen J. Gula, Jr. Foundation Chairman


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