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Kalamazoo breast cancer survivor plays integral role in future breast cancer research funding in Washington


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKZO) -- Breast cancer advocate Bunny LaDuke recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the Breast Cancer Research Program sponsored by the Department of Defense.  Bunny was nominated for participation in the program by Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southwest Michigan where she is now serving as interim Executive Director.  

As a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense, she was a full voting member, along with prominent scientists, at meetings to help determine how the $120 million appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2012 will be spent on future breast cancer research.

Department of Defense consumer advocates and scientists have worked together in this unique partnership to evaluate the scientific merit of breast cancer research applications since 1995. To date, more than 780 consumer reviewers have served on breast cancer panels alongside scientists in the review process. Colonel Jeffrey C. Leggit, M.D., Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, expressed his appreciation for the perspectives of the consumer advocates in the scientific review sessions.  "The Consumer Reviewers on each panel are instrumental in helping the scientists understand the patient's perspective and provide valuable insight into the potential impact of the proposed project.  They bring with them a sense of urgency and remind all of the human element involved in medical research."

Commenting on her role as a consumer reviewer, Bunny said that it is extremely rewarding to know that my activities in this research area may contribute to ending breast cancer in the future.”    LaDuke has also served in the past as a advocate reviewer for national breast cancer research studies funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest funder of breast cancer research besides the U.S. government. 

More information about the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program is available at their website.

The 2013 local event for the Susan G. Komen Foundation:

The signature fundraising event, 2013 Komen Southwest Michigan Race for the Cure®,  will be Sunday, May 19, at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in downtown Kalamazoo. For more information or to register, visit komenswmichigan.org, e-mail executivedirector@komenswmichigan.org, or call 1-877-566-3679.