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Since 2010, the University of Colorado Cancer Center has hosted an event to raise research funding for cancers that affect women. The event was recently renamed “Libations for Life.” Proceeds will support research and treatment programs at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

The 2014 women’s event raised more than $156,000 ($50,000 of which was matched by a local family foundation) and after expenses $126,000 was distributed. Past recipients of the funding include :

  • Jennifer Richer, PhD, received funds for her work in androgen receptors as a driver and target in breast cancer.
  • Jennifer Diamond, MD, and John Tentler, PhD, to identify novel therapeutics for patients with triple negative breast cancer.
  • Heide Ford, PhD, to develop novel inhibitors targeting the Six1/Eya protein interaction and the Eya phosphatase to inhibit breast cancer progression.

Two volunteer committee chairpersons lead the efforts to plan and execute the event. The 2016 event will be hosted by Emily Jordan, Emily Jordan, breast team coordinator, and Jessica Channell, Phase 1 clinical trial resource coordinator, at CU Cancer Center. On their behalf, we are requesting funding requests from CU Cancer Center members researching women’s cancers.

CU Cancer Center members interested in receiving funds from the 2016 “Libations for Life” are encouraged to submit requests by May 1, 2016. Please email a one page summary outlining your women’s cancer research and how the funds would be used to . There is no minimum amount for the research budget, but the maximum should be flexible based on the net proceeds of the event. In addition, more than one project may be selected.

The final recipient(s) of the funding will be expected to meet with the committee to outline the research prior to the event. In addition, the grantee or a representative will be expected to attend the event, invite peers and colleagues, and speak briefly to the guests about how the funds will be utilized in advancing women’s cancers research.