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Davidson Women Raise $3,000 for Breast Cancer Research

May 2, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Members of the Davidson community packed Chambers Gallery on Tuesday, April 24, for the first annual "Bosom Buddies" dinner, hosted by Connor women's eating house.

Connor eating house member Rebecca Rush '03 was among the many students who hosted the event.

The event, which raised over $3,000 for the organization "Friends...You can Count On," began with a welcome by Connor House President Shannon Bishop '03, and an invocation by service co-chair Lindsay Moore '03. Dinner entertainment was provided by harpist Jodi McQuillen '04 and Davidson's female a cappella singing group, the Delilahs. Guests were also invited to participate in a silent auction sponsored by thirty-six merchants from Davidson and Cornelius.

Following dinner, Davidson resident and breast cancer survivor Kim Beard introduced keynote speaker Martha Kaley, founder of Friends...You Can Count On, and an advocate for early-detection research for breast cancer.

Martha Kaley
Friends...You Can Count On founder Martha Kaley spoke about the importance of early detection.

Kaley began by sharing her own experience, which began when an accident with her dog led her doctor to find a cluster of cancerous cells that had gone undetected by a mammogram only three months earlier. When she began asking questions about her condition, Kaley discovered that her case had identified an area of breast cancer research that was not being addressed by early detection.

Although most physicians agree that early detection is the best way to beat breast cancer, clusters or lumps of cancerous cells usually grow for five to eight years before they become large enough for discovery by current detection methods. Kaley also pointed out that ten percent of those who die of breast cancer each year suffered initial symptoms that were undetected by mammograms, and said nearly one million women are currently living with an undetected form of the disease.

Based in Greensboro, N.C., Kaley's organization raises funds for innovative research to reduce breast cancer cases that go undetected by current technology. Kaley is currently working with Kim Beard to open a branch of "Friends...You Can Count On" in Charlotte.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson recently launched "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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