News at A Glimmer of Hope

10/03/09

GLIMMER OF HOPE PRESENTS MAGEE WITH AUTOGRAPHED STEELERS JERSEYS IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER RESEARCH

(PITTSBURGH) -- On Friday, September 4, Glimmer of Hope Founder Diana Napper presented Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC with autographed jerseys by Steeler Heath Miller and former Steeler Alan Faneca to be hung as a symbol of hope for patients on the hospital’s oncology floor.  The jerseys, along with a commemorative plaque will be displayed in the Breast Center waiting center to showcase Glimmer of Hope’s steadfast dedication to fighting breast cancer.

“We watch as year after year, the Pittsburgh Steelers remain a symbol of hope for our great city,” said Napper, “and thanks to the benevolent support of Heath Miller and Alan Faneca, we could present these jerseys as a symbol of hope for women going through treatment to save their lives.”

Glimmer of Hope’s relationship with Magee-Women’s Hostpital of UPMC began 10 years ago and in 2006 Glimmer funded the launch of a multi-center study focusing on premenopausal women with breast cancer after Napper learned that more than 250,000 women under 40 years of age were living with the disease at the time.  The decision to initiate funding of this specific study was greatly supported -- and continues to be today -- by then-Steeler offensive guard Faneca and his wife Julie, whose family had been touched by breast cancer.  To the delight of the Fanecas, more recent Steeler supporters Heath and Katie Miller and Glimmer of Hope, many discoveries have stemmed from the study.

The donation of their jerseys to Magee is just a small part of what these two home-town heroes have done for Glimmer of Hope.  For the past seven years, Glimmer of Hope has presented Bid for Hope, an annual bash where Steelers paraphernalia is auctioned off to benefit Magee and breast cancer reasearch.  The Fanecas and Millers have been key components in hosting and supporting this event which has consecutively raised over $100,000 for the study since its inception.

“It shows they have such a commitment to their community and the fans out there,” said Dr. Sukumvanich, M.D., assistant professor of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences in the division of gynecologic oncology at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
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“Now,” said Napper, “as patients and visitors on the oncology floor at Magee look up at these jerseys, they too will feel that commitment to such a noble cause as Glimmer of Hope continues their unbridled push toward a cure.”

About Glimmer of Hope:  Glimmer of Hope is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization that has been supporting breast cancer research since 1994. The organization has raised over One Million to further fund the largest premenopausal breast cancer study in the United States. For more information, please visit their website at www.symbolofthecure.com.

About MWRI:  Established in 1992, MWRI was one of the first research centers to focus specifically on women and infants’ health conditions. Today, the Institute is committed to advancing knowledge in the field of reproductive biology and medicine, translating scientific discoveries into the improved health of women and their infants, and training future reproductive medicine scholars. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.mwrif.org/.

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