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U-M Breast Oncology Program benefits from televised charitable shoe sale
QVC® and FFANY® present U-M Cancer Center with $350,000-added 6/10/10
Ann Arbor - With thousands of shoes offered at half the manufacturer's suggested retail price during the 16th Annual QVC Presents "FFANY Shoes on Sale", it was easier than ever for shoe lovers to make great strides for an important cause.
Supporting breast cancer research and education institutions nationwide, last year's event selected the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center as one of the eight beneficiaries. A check in the amount of $350,000 was presented by QVC and FFANY representatives to Daniel Hayes, M.D., co-director of the Breast Oncology Program at U-M, who accepted the donation on behalf of the organization.
"FFANY and QVC have been instrumental in supporting several avenues of research that would not have been pursued otherwise," Hayes says. "We've used this support to move our research in breast cancer forward, including one of the first clinical trials with a drug directed against breast cancer stem cells. Other studies are looking at markers that can be used to personalize anti-cancer treatments, such as circulating tumor cells and inherited genetic differences that may make individual patients more or less susceptible to toxicities of our therapy."
U-M's Breast Oncology Program has received $3.3 million from this event since 2001.
Since its inception, QVC Presents "FFANY Shoes on Sale" has sold more than 1.5 million pairs of shoes and donated more than $32 million to leading breast cancer research and education institutions. The event's two "Special Pink Benefactors," the Nine West Footwear Corporation and Brown Shoe Company, donated approximately 20,000 pairs each, bringing shoe shoppers such brands as AK Anne Klein, Enzo Angiolini and Bandolino as well as Via Spiga, Etienne Aigner and Carlos by Carlos Santana. Other companies that generously donated shoes included MICHAEL by Michael Kors, Coach Footwear, Cape Clogs and Calvin Klein - among many others.
About the Fashion Footwear Charitable FoundationThe Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation was created to support ongoing research and education programs in the fight against breast cancer and is supported by members of the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY). Donated footwear is sold on live television through QVC during the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation's annual charity benefit, QVC Presents "FFANY Shoes on Sale." Net proceeds are distributed to leading breast cancer research and education institutions across the United States, including beneficiaries for the 2010 event: The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center's Breast Oncology Program, The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine and The John Wayne Cancer Institute Breast Center at Saint John's Health Center. The Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation makes its home at 1414 6th Avenue, Suite 203, New York, NY 10019, www.FFANY.org.
About QVCQVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Interactive Group (Nasdaq: LINTA), is one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to more than 180 million homes worldwide. The company's Web site, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. With operations in the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, and launching in Italy in 2010, West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 23-year history. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.
About the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer CenterThe University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center provides its patients comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and support services in an environment that reflects our mission: the conquest of cancer through innovation and collaboration. The Breast Oncology Program consists of both laboratory and clinical investigators who work together to translate exciting ideas and observations from the laboratory to the clinic to further advance evaluation and treatment of patients at risk for or diagnosed with breast cancer. Call the U-M Cancer AnswerLine™ at 800-865-1125.
Written by Nicole Fawcett