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Vera Bradley pledges $15 million to research
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.
Olcott Center offers support group
The Olcott Center for Cancer Education's breast cancer support group meets at 7 p.m. March 6 and 20. 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.
Big Ten Thinks Pink benefits Pink Ribbon
Help the Pink Ribbon Connection raise money and awareness for breast cancer March 8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as part of Big Ten Thinks Pink campaign during the Big Ten women's basketball tournament. The Big Ten will donate a portion of every semifinals ticket purchased to Pink Ribbon Connection, which serves central Indiana through programs and services.
Step Ahead meets March 11
Step Ahead, the support group for survivors, meets March 11 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.
Y offers two sessions of Mindful Body Yoga Therapy
The YMCA and Laurie Riggins once again will offer Mindful Body Yoga Therapy for cancer survivors. The class will meet at 3:15-4:15 p.m. Wednesday at the YMCA March 26 through May 28. Register through IU Health Bloomington at 812-353-5252, or email Riggins for info.
Camp Kesem fundraiser April 5
Camp Kesem at IU celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Make the Magic fundraiser at 11 a.m. April 5 at Rick's Cafe Boatyard in Indianapolis. Attendees will enjoy brunch, participate in a silent auction and learn more about supporting this program that offers free summer camp to children whose parents are cancer patients or survivors. Learn more about Camp Kesem, then RSVP for Make the Magic.
Relay for Life events kick off
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.
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.
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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