Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast to Host 6th Annual Finding Solutions Research Luncheon in Chapel Hill

Dr. Ann Partridge of Harvard Medical School to Deliver Keynote Address

Local Champions to Receive 2019 Komen NCTC Awards


Finding Solutions Through Science, Scholars and Survivors is a luncheon that highlights the impact of Susan G. Komen’s National Research Program on local breast cancer research in the Triangle. This unique event brings together an audience of researchers, scientific thinkers, corporate and private philanthropists, survivors, individuals living with metastatic disease, and others impacted by the disease to learn more about how their donations are being used in local and national laboratories to find the cures. This year’s luncheon will feature keynote speaker and Komen Scholar Dr. Ann Partridge of Harvard University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, along with Komen Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Lisa Carey of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Komen funded researcher Zachary Hartman, Ph.D. of Duke Cancer Institute, and local breast cancer survivor Mia Sutton.

When: Thursday, December 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Why:  “Finding the cures to breast cancer must include open dialogue between researchers, medical professionals, survivors and individuals living with metastatic breast cancer,” said Pam Kohl, executive director at Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to Coast. “With Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026, we depend on the hard work and dedication of our Komen scholars and researchers to help us reach that goal.”

Who/Keynote Speaker:              

Dr. Ann Partridge is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is vice chair of medical oncology and director of the Adult Survivorship Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she also leads the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer. Her research focuses on communications with cancer survivors; risk perceptions; decision-making and quality of life; behavioral aspects of cancer care, including adherence with anticancer therapy; age and race disparities in breast cancer outcomes; long-term effects of cancer and cancer treatment; and the unique disease and issues facing young women with breast cancer.

She is co-chair of the Breast Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, chair of the scientific program committee for American Society of Clinical Oncology (2018), and co-chair of the biennial ESMO-ESO sponsored Breast Cancer in Young Women Conference. She served as chair of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women (2010-2017). She has received numerous awards, including a Champions of Change award from the White House, an ASCO Improving Cancer Care Grant, and the Edward J. Benz Jr. Award for Advancing the Careers of Women Faculty.

Meet the Panelists:

Dr. Lisa A. Carey is the Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Currently, she is the Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and Physician-in-Chief of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital.

Dr. Zachary C. Hartman is an assistant professor at Duke University in the Departments of Surgery and Pathology and the Associate Director for Discovery Research in the Center for Applied Therapeutics. Dr. Hartman’s research focuses on the study of immunity and inflammation in the breast cancer, as well as strategies to modulate and direct immunity against breast cancer.

Mia Sutton is a local breast cancer survivor. Although there is no family history of breast cancer, Mia was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ER+ Prog+ HER -) of the left breast on December 5, 2017. During her career as a women’s health nurse, Mia has advocated, educated and supported many patients, family members, and friends regarding breast health and breast cancer.

Meet the Award Winners:

2019 Spirit to Inspire Award: Christine Swanson. Long-time Komen volunteer and member of Komen NCTC’s Community Health Program Grants Committee.

2019 Spirit to Impact Award: Stephanie Walker. Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) and has lobbied members of congress for adequate access to care, as well as serves as a mentor and support to others diagnosed with MBC.

2018 Sprit to Involve Award: PRA Health Sciences. Corporate partnership focused on fundraising, research, employee engagement, and raising awareness year-round.

For complete panelist bios and full event details, visit the Finding Solutions Research Event page: click here.

About Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast

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. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen NC Triangle to the Coast is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Komen NC Triangle to the Coast has invested more than $14 million in community breast health programs in its 29-county service area and has helped contribute over $5 million to the more than $1 billion invested globally in research. For more information, call (919) 493-2873 or visit



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