The V Foundation Presents Breast Cancer Research Grant to University of Arizona Cancer Center

Monday, July 27, 2015

The V Foundation for Cancer Research has awarded the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) a one-year, $65,000 breast cancer research grant.

The UACC, a National Cancer Center Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, was selected for its breast cancer clinical trial education programs that encourage diversity among participants, particularly targeting Latinas, and for its multi-disciplinary approach to treatment.

The UACC is one of five National Cancer Institute-designated regional cancer centers to receive a research grant from The V Foundation. The grants were made possible through fundraising efforts by Hooters Restaurants of America.

Hooters raised $661,824 during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2014 by asking America to #SupportOurHooters in the fight against breast cancer. The remaining funds from the #SupportOurHooters fundraising effort will be awarded to breast cancer-specific grants nationwide later this year.

Local Hooters franchisee, Restaurants of America, with Hooters locations in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota and New Mexico, raised $56,000 during the fundraising period to claim the title of top-performing franchise ownership group.

Dr. Andrew Kraft“We are grateful for the partnership with The V Foundation and Hooters to prevent and cure cancer. Their generosity helps the University of Arizona Cancer Center address cancer care disparities and provide solutions while working toward our mutual goal to find a cure for cancer. Specifically, their support of the work of Dr. Terry Badger will improve the quality of life and access to education for Latinas with breast cancer who live in rural areas,” said Andrew Kraft, MD, director of the UACC and Sydney E. Salmon Endowed Chair. 

Dr. Terry BadgerTerry Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is professor and director of the community and systems health division at the UA College of Nursing. Dr. Badger’s research focuses on depression in chronic illness, specifically psychosocial interventions to treat depression in cancer. Her most recent studies have focused on testing the effectiveness of an intervention to reduce emotional distress and improve quality of life in cancer survivors and their partners. Dr. Badger is a member of the UA Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Program and the Arizona Health Sciences Center Health Disparities Advisory Council.

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