Catherine Peachey Fund Awards $30,000 for Breast Cancer Initiatives in Central Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — The Catherine Peachey Fund, a member of the Heroes Foundation family, has awarded a total of $30,000 in grants to three separate initiatives. The awarded projects are affiliated with the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank, the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, and the International Breast Cancer & Nutrition Program (ICBM) at Purdue University.


  • 2018 Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank Collection. The world’s only healthy breast tissue bank – a tool researchers need to determine how and why breast cancer develops – is housed at the IU School of Medicine. Each year, the bank holds one collection event in Indianapolis, where more than 150 volunteers make it possible for 200 women to donate healthy tissue for the bank. The Peachey Fund, a co-founder of the tissue bank, is pleased to support the upcoming Komen Tissue Bank Collection Event.


  • Breast Cancer Tissue Study & Analysis at Indiana University School of Medicine. The laboratory of Dr. Anna Maria Storniolo will perform analysis on RNA samples collected from cancer-affected and normal breast tissue, evaluating changes in RNA associated with specific treatment. The Peachey Fund will provide funding to support the sampling and analysis of the tissue in this study.


  • International Breast Cancer & Nutrition Program (IBCN) at Purdue University. In its eighth year, the mission of the IBCN project is to foster the development of scientists, public health experts and stakeholders dedicated to research on the primary prevention of breast cancer. The two-day symposium addresses nutrition and dietary analysis, biomarkers for primary prevention, environmental epigenetics and knowledge transfer. An inaugural funder of the ICBN project, the Peachey Fund is proud to support the continuation of this important symposium.


“These projects reflect the type of groundbreaking activity taking place in the field of breast cancer research, right here in central Indiana,” says Stephanie Rufenbarger Lesher, Program Manager of the Catherine Peachey Fund. “We remain committed to funding projects of this significance, in pursuit of a cure for this disease.”

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