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This Web site aims to provide news about area events and updates on research and advancements in the south centra Indiana breast cancer medical community. Check out the mission statement or read about the origins of BC:FYI.

Olcott Center offers support group

The Olcott Center for Cancer Education's breast cancer support group meets at 7 p.m. April 17. The center is behind the hospital in the Medical Arts Building 619 W. First St. Call 812-353-5669 for more info or check the Olcott website.

Relay for Life events kick off
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Lace up your shoes! It's Relay for Life season. These events are the American Cancer Society's flagship fundraisers. See a schedule for events in south central Indiana counties or search for one in your area on the Events page.

IU baseball celebrates survivors

The IU baseball team will honor breast cancer survivors at the April 19 game against Michigan State at Bart Kaufmann Field on the IU campus. All you have to do is show up at 2:05 p.m. for the game. Several local organizations will have booths or tables to introduce you to their services, and survivors will throw out the first ball, sing the national anthem and just generally have a good time. Admission is $5, and the first 250 fans will receive free pink IU T-shirts.

Camp Bluebird April 25-27

Even adults need camp, especially those with cancer or cancer survivors. Camp Bluebird may be just the retreat. This year, it is at Camp Camby Conference and Retreat Center April 25-27. Contact the Olcott Center for Cancer Education at 812-353-5669 for the details or to register.

Tea party, auction benefits Lawrence County patients

The Lawrence County Cancer Patients Services group will host a tea party and silent auction April 26 at the First Church of God in Bedford. Tickets are $15 and are available at Copy Trolley and Hair Sensations, both in Bedford.

Car wash benefits Relay for Life

Get your car washed and support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Monroe County at the same time. The YMCA's WISE Guys team has arranged with Ralph May of Bloomington Car Care Center, 524 S. Walnut St., to sponsor a day of fundraising. All you have to do is have your car washed at the center April 28 (rain date is April 29). The generous owner will donate 20 percent of the day's receipts to the team's overall efforts to raise money. Learn more about Monroe County Relay for Life efforts.

Step Ahead meets May 13
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Step Ahead, the support group for survivors, meets May 13 at the Scholars Bakehouse East in Bloomington. Join us at 6 p.m. Look for the the pink tablecloths. Learn more about the group at the Events page.

Look Good, Feel Better May 14

The Olcott Center for Cancer Education will sponsor Look Good, Feel Better at 4 p.m. May 14 at the center on West First Street south of Bloomington Hospital. Reserve your spot by calling the Olcott Center at (812)353-5669.

National Cancer Survivorship Day June 1

National Cancer Survivorship Day is June 1, and people around the country will conduct a variety of events and activities to celebrate.

In this area, the Olcott Center for Cancer Education will host a celebration at 3 p.m. June 2 at the center. More details are forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Tee Up for these area fundraisers

Mark your calendars for three summer events that benefit the Olcott Center:

For information, contact Phyllis Davidson at phyllis.davidson@gmail.com.

Vera Bradley pledges $15 million to research
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Here's another reason to buy a colorful quilted bag: The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer has pledged $15 million to support breast cancer research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. This new pledge adds to $20 million the company pledged previously. Read more on the News page.

Local researcher looks at diabetes, breast cancer

Epidemiologist Juhua Luo at the Indiana University School of Public Health received a $414,600 grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine the relationship between two common diseases, type 2 diabetes and breast cancer, providing answers that could improve cancer treatment. Other studies have found that women who have type 2 diabetes in addition to breast cancer have a worse prognosis for their cancer compared to women who do not have diabetes as a pre-existing condition. Learn more from IU NewsRoom.

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