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Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research

100 Voices of Hope

100 Voices of Hope is a source of research funding and community inspiration for the breast cancer research team at IU School of Medicine.

Since its inception in 2008, 100 Voices of Hope has raised more than $1.3 million, and has served as an innovative and unique charitable opportunity that provides funding for high-risk, high-impact projects that lack grant funding. The innovation and uniqueness of the program comes through donor contributions being utilized to fund emerging research ideas or “hunches” at IU School of Medicine – ideas that could lead to larger research grants. Donors also have a ‘voice’ and can influence the funding of hunches vetted by program leadership.

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Funds raised through this unique program go directly towards an innovative and high-risk “research hunch” focused on breast cancer metastasis. 16 projects have each received $100K in gifted funding since 2008.

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100 Voices of Hope: Funding Innovative Breast Cancer Research

“100 Voices of Hope funds research that would otherwise languish. Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – the largest source of biomedical research funding in the world – requires validation of research concepts. Your gifts allow us to create the data needed to qualify for NIH grants. This year alone, there are 700 fewer NIH grants available nationally, making philanthropy all the more critical to curing cancer.”

-Hari Nakshatri, PhD

Marian J. Morrison Chair in Breast Cancer Research

Co-Director, Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research


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