Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Hosts Finding Solutions Through Science, Scholars and Survivors Luncheon


Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Hosts
Finding Solutions Through Science, Scholars and Survivors Luncheon

RALEIGH, NC – Dec. 1, 2014 – Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (Komen NCTC) will host the Finding Solutions Through Science, Scholars and Survivors luncheon, 11:30 am -1:30 pm, Wednesday, December 17 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. The luncheon will showcase advances in breast cancer research funded through the Komen National Grant Program.

Dr. Judith A. Salerno, President and CEO, Susan G. Komen® will be the Keynote speaker. Komen Scholars Dr. Gerard Blobe, Duke University School of Medicine and Dr. Lisa A. Carey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss the latest advances in their Komen funded breast cancer research.

Judy Salerno HeadshotDr. Salerno is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization and for setting Komen’s strategic vision. Dr. Salerno brings extensive experience in research, public health policy and community health to the role.

In October, Susan G. Komen® awarded more than $2 million in research funding to 9 programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. The grants bring Komen’s total research investment in North Carolina to nearly $31 million since 1982. Komen research funds will be used to investigate triple negative breast cancer, tumor resistance and more.

Dr. Blobe received $175K to continue investigating whether loss of the transforming growth factor-beta receptor, TβRIII, a protein on the cell surface whose normal function is to inhibit breast cancer formation, is responsible for a decrease in the stiffness of a cancer cell. Cancer cells that are less stiff and more pliable allow the breast cancer cells to become more mobile and invasive.

Dr. Carey received $200K to continue developing a method to rapidly assess the genetic traits of the primary breast tumor and compare it to those found elsewhere in the body (metastases) in order to uncover which genetic changes occurred that resulted in the development of metastatic disease.

Komen NCTC will also recognize the 2014-2015 Susan G. Komen® Award winners.

Spirit to Inspire – 2014 Winner – Chantal Weedman
The Spirit to Inspire award is given in memory of Jeanne Peck, Komen NCTC founder, to recognize a volunteer that demonstrates commitment, passion, energy and enthusiasm.

Spirit to Impact – 2014 Winner – Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition
The Spirit to Impact award is given to an organization that is making an impact in their community by being a catalyst for change and sharing the Komen message.

Spirit to Involve – 2014 Winners – Shelly Leslie of WRAL-TV & Audi Cary and Leith Porsche
The Spirit to Involve award is given to sponsors who have supported our Affiliate and are true year-round partners.

Individual luncheon tickets are available for $50 and can be purchased online at

About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded over $847 million in research and provided $1.8 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Komen North Carolina Triangle to Coast
The Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (NCTC) Affiliate serves 29 counties in central and eastern North Carolina; holding two annual Race for the Cure events in Raleigh (June 13, 2015) and Wilmington (March 7, 2015). Since its first Race in 1997, nearly $15 million has been raised and used for breast cancer research, local education, advocacy, health services and social programs. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stay in the service area. In 2014, $738,000 was granted to provide a continuum of breast health services to underinsured and uninsured people from the Triangle to the Coast. Visit or call 919-493-2873. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.