IU School of Medicine gets $12.5M gift commitment from Vera Bradley Foundation

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The Indiana University School of Medicine said Wednesday it has received a $12.5 million gift commitment from the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer to support new research on immunotherapy for breast cancer treatment.

The medical school said the commitment will help launch research efforts to develop better therapies for triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of breast cancer that is often not responsive to hormone therapies and is resistant to chemotherapy.

“This new gift will help us take the next step in conquering breast cancer—one we’ve had in our sights for years,” Dr. Jay Hess, dean of the medical school and IU’s executive vice president for university clinical affairs, said in written remarks.

The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer raises funds for breast cancer research to find a cure and to improve the lives of women affected by the disease.

The not-for-profit foundation has awarded $50 million in breast cancer research funding since 2000, including this latest gift.

The ongoing support led to the 2018 creation of the Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research at IU’s Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, where more than 30 investigators collaborate on breast cancer discoveries.

Since 2004, more than 1,300 discoveries have been published in peer-reviewed journals by IU breast cancer researchers.

“Our goal is to have a breast cancer diagnosis become an inconvenience rather than an overwhelming presence,” said Ruth Cook, chair of the Vera Bradley Foundation board, in written remarks. “We are confident our new pledge of $12.5 million will mean more women can enjoy long and thriving lives well beyond their breast cancer diagnosis.

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