News at A Glimmer of Hope



PITTSBURGH -- A Glimmer of Hope, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit organization that supports breast cancer research recently made a donation of $100,000 to support breast cancer research at Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation.

According to Deborah Linhart, president and CEO of MWRI's parent organization, Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation, Magee-Womens Research Institute has been at the forefront of research concerning health care for women since its inception, and this significant donation will help us search for new options for breast cancer patients. We are grateful that The Glimmer of Hope Foundation has shown such confidence in us.

Officials from Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) accepted a check for $100,000 from Diana Napper, president of The Glimmer of Hope Foundation, and Julie Faneca, wife of Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Alan Faneca, at a special event on December 21, at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. The donation represents a portion of the proceeds from the Bid for Hope V event, which was held last October

Napper, who lost her best friend to breast cancer founded A Glimmer of Hope in 1994. At that time, Napper designed the Glimmer of Hope pin that features a teardrop Swarovski crystal, symbolic of the tears shed over the disease. It is topped with a pearl, representing hope for all women. Since1994 some 16,000 pins have been sold worldwide and over$800,000 has been raised by the organization.

Faneca, the wife of Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Alan Faneca, joined Napper in her fight to overcome the disease several years ago and said she is driven by the devastating effects the disease has had on both sides of her family. The Fanecas have hosted the Bid for Hope benefit for the last five years to raise money for research through A Glimmer of Hope.

Julie DeLoia, PhD, associate investigator at MWRI, said she is encouraged by the leaps and bounds made by researchers even in the last year. New tools have been developed to identify breast cancer survivors at risk for reoccurrence. We are going to do the same for younger women, identify those with a genetic predisposition.

I believe, together with Magee, we are going to do something (about breast cancer), said Napper. I wouldn't be standing here otherwise.

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