Mary Lou Miller TNBC Gator Gala: Spring 2009 (date TBA)


The University of Florida College of Medicine's Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Program (IDP) invites you to join us for a fun evening of dining and dancing at the Mary Lou Miller TNBC Gator Gala on TBA.  In addition to great music, food and wine, the evening will feature a silent auction to benefit the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, guest speakers, and the presentation of the 1st annual UF TNBC Award for Research Excellence. 

The Inspiration

The Gala celebrates the life of Mary Lou "NuNu" Miller, the mother of IDP alumnus and UF research scientist Dr. Michelle Gumz.  Michelle is a brilliant scientist, a loving mother and wife, a true friend, and a constant example of poise and dignity. In the past year, both Michelle and her mother Mary Lou were diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, Michelle had early intervention and is in remission. Mary Lou, however, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and passed away on September 1, 2008. Mary Lou may have lost her battle with breast cancer, but she left behind a legacy of courage and grace in the lives of those she touched.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an extremely aggressive and poorly understood subtype of breast cancer that does not respond to traditional breast cancer treatments due to its lack of three receptors (estrogen, progesterone,  HER2) typically targeted in effective drug therapies.  Approximately 15% of all breast cancers are triple negative, but TNBC may account for as many as 25% of all breast cancer fatalities. Unfortunately, very little is known about TNBC pathology because there has been no funded research to develop a targeted therapy to date.  Thus, there is an urgent need for funding of TNBC research that will facilitate the development of better treatment options for afflicted patients. 

The UF TNBC Foundation and Mission

The UF TNBC was developed by a young group of IDP biomedical research Ph.D. students at the UF College of Medicine to unite the efforts of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation with the nationally recognized UF research centers.  The mission of the UF TNBC Foundation is to raise awareness, support researchers, and work for better detection, diagnosis, prevention and treatment for triple negative breast cancer.  Through the establishment of the UF TNBC, we hope to ignite awareness of this aggressive disease that is in critical need of research and funding.  We hope to bring together the Gainesville community with UF research scientists and clinicians for a collaborative endeavor in finding a cure for triple negative breast cancer. 

The Event

The Mary Lou Miller TNBC Gator Gala will be held in the Spring of 2009 (date TBA) at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom at the University of Florida.  The event will feature the presentation of the first annual UF TNBC Award for Research Excellence along with live music, a formal dinner and a silent auction.  All proceeds from the Gala will support the TNBC Foundation.  Details will be announced soon.  Tickets may be obtained by contacting the UF TNBC (  Due to limited space we recommend that you reserve your tickets early. 

How To Get Involved

You can support the UF TNBC by purchasing tickets to attend the Mary Lou Miller TNBC gator Gala or by making a donation to our foundation.  We are also in need of personal and/or business sponsors of the Gala, donations of items for the silent auction, and product support for the event.  All donors and sponsors will be recognized in the event program/adbook in various formats depending on the level of contribution.

You may choose to support our other philanthropic event, the NuNu 5K Race.  Please contact us for more information.

We look forward to your support in making this event a success!