DALLAS, June 27, 2013 – “You have cancer.” These three words will change the life of one in three women in the U.S. when they are diagnosed with some form of cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. These women join a growing sisterhood of those seeking answers – answers that could be discovered in a new slate of grants totaling $1 million funded by The Mary Kay FoundationSM.

Since its inception in 1996, The Mary Kay FoundationSM has been committed to supporting research for cancers affecting women, investing more than $20 million to the cause. This year, 10 translational research grants for $100,000 each have been awarded to research teams, doctors and medical scientists from some of the top and most-respected institutions in the country.

“We are committed to eliminating cancers affecting women by supporting top medical scientists working to determine the causes and cures for breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers,” said Karen Rogers, vice chair of the board of directors for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “Our research funding has helped develop targeted therapies, more effective methods for the early detection of the disease along with studying the hereditary links in cancers. However, cancer isn’t cured in the laboratory alone, but also through the courage of those who have battled the disease like Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant Dawn Barton who has been cancer-free for nearly two years after fighting Stage 3 breast cancer.”

The 2013 grant slate includes six breast cancer research grants and four grants studying ovarian cancer. At Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., researchers are looking at cancer markers across multiple subtypes of the disease. Researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, N.C., are examining the effects of obesity within an aggressive subtype of breast cancer striking young women. Meanwhile, the low 40 percent cure rate of ovarian cancer is being studied at Brown University in Providence, R.I. while the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston looks at two gene mutations common in breast cancer, BRCA-1 and BRCA-2, and their relationship to successful chemotherapy response with ovarian cancer patients.

The grants are awarded annually to fund innovative research at medical or public health schools as recommended by The Mary Kay FoundationSM research review committee, which is composed of prominent doctors who volunteer their time to help the Foundation select the most promising research across the nation. After reviewing these recommendations, the Foundation board of directors carefully selects the grant recipients.

“In these fiscally difficult times, it is critical that we not only support innovative research but ensure the next generation of emerging investigators have the opportunities to pursue their research aspirations,” said Jerry W. Shay, Ph.D., professor and vice chairman of the Department of Cell Biology for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and chair of The Mary Kay FoundationSM Scientific Review Committee. “After reviewing more than 100 applications, this year’s grant slate represents promising ideas in breast and ovarian cancer research from some of the most prestigious universities and medical centers in the country.”

Click here for a full list of 2013 grant recipients or visit marykayfoundation.org for additional information.

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About The Mary Kay FoundationSM
The Mary Kay FoundationSM was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $20 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay FoundationSM, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).