2019 Annual Appeal

CONNECTICUT BREAST HEALTH INITIATIVE, INC. (CT BHI) invites you to take a tour with us, a quick journey introducing you to the importance of your special annual giving gifts. CT BHI funds (seed money) new research which is an important precursor to large privately or federally funded studies, specifically in the areas of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

MEET Ravi Jain, MD, PhD

Dr. Jain is a radiologist at Middlesex Hospital, who was awarded a CT BHI grant for a groundbreaking patient-centered study in the diagnosis of breast cancer: Can Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) Reduce Unnecessary Biopsies? The goal is also to reduce physical and psychological costs to the patient and monetary costs to the healthcare system. Jain said, “CT BHI made it possible to lay the foundation to carry the research forward.”

 

NEXT, AROUND THE CORNER MEET Susan H. Tannenbaum, MD

Dr. Tannenebaum is Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UConn Health. She received a grant contributing to the early stage pursuit of the Genomic Assessment of Tumors from Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients. She said, “Grant funds from CT BHI may lead to novel interventions and different therapies that help patients and help us better understand how we can make a difference in treatments and survivorship.”

 

LASTLY, WE TRAVEL TO NEW HAVEN WHERE WE MEET Anees Chagpar, MD, MPH, MA, MBA, MSc

Dr. Chagpar is Professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, who greets us with the JUST IN NEWS that her research project, Resection of Cavity Shave Margins in Breast Conserving Surgery, was an absolute and total success with the scholarly presentation published in two prestigious medical journals, Annals of Surgery and New England Journal of Medicine with CT BHI funding noted. Chagpar said, “This would never have been possible without the support of CT BHI. I hope you will continue to make work like this a reality – it makes a HUGE difference for millions of women with breast cancer worldwide.”

 

BACK IN OUR OFFICE we are proud to recognize a couple of outstanding CT BHI volunteers by naming two of our 2019 grants in their honor: the late Howard H. Belkin who 16 years ago founded the CT BHI Golf Tournament which has raised over $565,000 and Marsha Goldstein who volunteered passionately as Board of Director and Grants Co-Chair for 15 years.

The END OF CANCER BEGINS WITH RESEARCH. May we count on you to help us to continue to fund dedicated researchers right here at home?

Gratefully,

Joyce G. Bray & Nancy F. Judd

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