AVON Foundation awards Winship and Grady $750,000

July 2010

The Avon Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and the Avon Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady Memorial Hospital. The grant will be used to continue community outreach, education, clinical access for women in the Grady Health system and disparities research. In addition, the grant will fund three research studies focusing on care delivery and underserved women in Atlanta and Georgia. Dr. Sheryl Gabram, Director of the Breast Center, will serve as PI for the grant.

Since 2000, grant funding from Avon as well as the Georgia Cancer Coalition have been instrumental in building new facilities, acquiring state-of-the-art equipment and supporting leading-edge breast cancer research projects aimed at improving outcomes for underserved women diagnosed with breast cancer in Atlanta. In recent years, the number of women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer has doubled, and the number of women diagnosed with late-stage disease has decreased. In addition, Dr. Gabram says that grant funding from Avon has enabled the breast center at Grady to screen more than 16,000 underprivileged women.

"We are grateful for the Avon Foundation's continued support and belief in our research and clinical programs," says Dr. Gabram. "Avon's grant funding will enable us continue to build upon our breast health education and outreach activities that target disadvantaged women in the greater Atlanta area."