Making Strides of Sarasota Manatee Presented by Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute at Sarasota Memorial

Answer to Cancer SRQ

We would like to introduce ourselves.  

Eileen Cantarella and Ronni Loundy have led a Making Strides team for the last 6 years benefitting the American Cancer Society with an emphasis on breast cancer research.  We have teamed up with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and their major fundraiser event, which is held each October at Benderson Park, Sarasota, Florida. 

This year we have been asked to directly fund a research grant due to the past generosity of our supporters.  The grant we have selected will explore the relationship between aging and breast cancer metastasis and will take place at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.  This $400k grant extends for 4 years and our intent is to fund this project in full at a minimum cost of $100k each year.

The grant researcher, Dr. Ana Patricia da Silva Gomes, received her PhD at Harvard Medical School and did her postdoc at Weill Cornell, New York City. 

We are looking for additional partners to help us fund this important research project.  We appreciate your consideration.

 

Major Sponsorships available.

Rated 14th fundraising team by ACS nationally 2020-2022 | Rated 1st fundraiser in Sarasota/Manatee counties 2020-20223 | Rated 5th fundraiser in Southeast Region 2022 | Recipient of the American Cancer Society's "Spirit of Strides Award" for Southwest Florida

 

All the funds that our team Answer to Cancer SRQ raise will be directed towards our on-going research project at Moffitt Cancer Center.

We have committed to supporting this $100,000 a year grant for the next 4 years in hopes that we can make a real impact in finding a cure for breast cancer. 

The Researcher- Dr. Gomes 


Dr. Ana Patricia da Silva Gomes is an Assistant Member in the Department of Molecular Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center. She is a cell and molecular biologist with formal training in both aging and cancer biology. She is originally from Portugal, where she obtained her BS in Biology at the University of Coimbra. Subsequently, she did her PhD with Dr. David Sinclair at Harvard Medical School, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of aging.  Following her PhD, she did a postdoc at Weill Cornell Medicine with Dr. John Blenis where she explored the role of aging as a determinant of cancer progression and metastasis formation.   She has had a long- interest in the parallels of aging and cancer with a desire to understand how the aged host environment affects tumorigenesis.

The Research 

In her ACS Research Scholar Grant, Dr. Gomes is building on her expertise on epigenetic (the reversible process of turning genes on and off) and metabolic mechanisms that are used by cancer cells to enable the rewiring necessary for them to progress into metastatic disease. 

Her work with aging in cancer is testing the concept that aggressive hard-to-treat cancers hijack age-induced mechanisms to enable their progression and aggressiveness, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer

The Impact  

The American Cancer Society is currently investing more than $78 million in breast cancer-specific research through 160 grants. (as of 1/24/23)

In 2023, more than 297,000 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Female breast cancer death rate has declined 42% as of 2019, mainly because of earlier detection and improved treatment.

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We would like to introduce ourselves.  

Eileen Cantarella and Ronni Loundy have led a Making Strides team for the last 6 years benefitting the American Cancer Society with an emphasis on breast cancer research.  We have teamed up with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and their major fundraiser event, which is held each October at Benderson Park, Sarasota, Florida. 

This year we have been asked to directly fund a research grant due to the past generosity of our supporters.  The grant we have selected will explore the relationship between aging and breast cancer metastasis and will take place at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.  This $400k grant extends for 4 years and our intent is to fund this project in full at a minimum cost of $100k each year.

The grant researcher, Dr. Ana Patricia da Silva Gomes, received her PhD at Harvard Medical School and did her postdoc at Weill Cornell, New York City. 

We are looking for additional partners to help us fund this important research project.  We appreciate your consideration.

 

Major Sponsorships available.

Rated 14th fundraising team by ACS nationally 2020-2022 | Rated 1st fundraiser in Sarasota/Manatee counties 2020-20223 | Rated 5th fundraiser in Southeast Region 2022 | Recipient of the American Cancer Society's "Spirit of Strides Award" for Southwest Florida

 

All the funds that our team Answer to Cancer SRQ raise will be directed towards our on-going research project at Moffitt Cancer Center.

We have committed to supporting this $100,000 a year grant for the next 4 years in hopes that we can make a real impact in finding a cure for breast cancer. 

The Researcher- Dr. Gomes 


Dr. Ana Patricia da Silva Gomes is an Assistant Member in the Department of Molecular Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center. She is a cell and molecular biologist with formal training in both aging and cancer biology. She is originally from Portugal, where she obtained her BS in Biology at the University of Coimbra. Subsequently, she did her PhD with Dr. David Sinclair at Harvard Medical School, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of aging.  Following her PhD, she did a postdoc at Weill Cornell Medicine with Dr. John Blenis where she explored the role of aging as a determinant of cancer progression and metastasis formation.   She has had a long- interest in the parallels of aging and cancer with a desire to understand how the aged host environment affects tumorigenesis.

The Research 

In her ACS Research Scholar Grant, Dr. Gomes is building on her expertise on epigenetic (the reversible process of turning genes on and off) and metabolic mechanisms that are used by cancer cells to enable the rewiring necessary for them to progress into metastatic disease. 

Her work with aging in cancer is testing the concept that aggressive hard-to-treat cancers hijack age-induced mechanisms to enable their progression and aggressiveness, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer

The Impact  

The American Cancer Society is currently investing more than $78 million in breast cancer-specific research through 160 grants. (as of 1/24/23)

In 2023, more than 297,000 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Female breast cancer death rate has declined 42% as of 2019, mainly because of earlier detection and improved treatment.

Thank You to All The Donors

Thank you for fueling the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer.

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How Fundraising Impacts Your Community

Cancer hits far too close to home, so the funds you raise will help do the same. Through services and resources like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline, cancer patients and their families will feel the love. Here’s how recent money raised has been put to incredible uses.

As of January 2022, we have invested $71 M for potentially lifesaving breast cancer specific research grants.

We have received over 250,000 calls and chats from patients and caregivers seeking support in 2021

Cancer patients benefited from ACS transportation support through our Road TO Recovery program and transportation grants in 2021, with nearly 229,000 rides provided.

Our Sponsors

Many thanks to our generous sponsors for fueling the American Cancer Society's fight against breast cancer.

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Welcome to our Team Page. We've formed a team because this cause is important to us. We want to help. And walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is the best way we can do that. We all have different reasons for participating but we share a determination to help save lives from breast cancer.

There are so many ways that the money our team raises helps. It’s helping fund innovative research. It's providing free information for people dealing with the disease. It’s providing rides to treatment and places to stay for people who have to seek treatment far from home. In short, our money is helping save lives. Consider donating to our team and helping advance the cause.

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Of course we walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. And we solicit donations from family, friends, and other supporters. But we also schedule fundraisers in lead-up to the big event. Bake-sales, car washes, and countless other types of events. And we promote those on social media, through Facebook and Twitter, by word of mouth, and through flyers at work and around the neighborhood. The success of fundraising events depends on two things - hard work and getting the word out. And we're out to do both. Keep an eye out for our fundraising events.

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