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 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
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 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 (UF.TNBC@gmail.com). 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.
We look forward to your support in making this event a success!