Wisconsin Breast Cancer

Our Mission

WBCS, Inc. was founded in 1998 as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable organization by Nancé Kinney, a breast cancer survivor. Its mission is to support early-stage breast cancer and prostate cancer research at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

With its 2013 donation of $350,000, WBCS, Inc. increased its investment in breast cancer and prostate cancer research to a cumulative donation of over $5.1 million. Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center use WBCS research awards as seed grants to develop the data required to apply for larger National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute grants. Currently, less than 8% of approved federal grants receive funding. Philanthropy increasingly is shouldering the burden of funding research not only for early-stage research but also for more mature projects, as the competition for scarce federal research dollars increases.

In 2011, WBCS, Inc. pledged $1 million to establish the WBCS Breast Cancer Research Professorship at the MCW Cancer Center. The Professor's research will be conducted in the WBCS Breast Cancer Research Laboratory at the College. MCW will recruit a nationally renowned researcher to fill the position. WBCS anticipates the Professorship will be fully funded in 2014. WBCS has pledged to continue to fund up to $300,000 annually for research.

Each of the 2013 Independent Seed Grant Awardees has received a one-year $50,000 award. An additional meritorious $50,000 award has been reserved for a second year for the 2013 seed grant that is determined to have the greatest research impact of the three awards.

In addition, Carol Williams, PhD, has reported on the progress that has been made on the 2012 WBCS Large Center Grant in Breast Cancer Research awarded last year. The purpose of the study is to develop new approaches to halt the growth of primary breast tumors before metastasis occurs and to improve methods to slow metastasis and reverse the growth of secondary tumors. The overall goal of the project is to develop treatments that diminish breast cancer metastasis.

The collaborative efforts and robust exchange of innovative research and ideas fostered by the $100,000 grant has positioned the awardees to apply for a Program Project Grant as well as for individual researchers in the group to apply for grants to further their specific research goals. The group's research is ongoing, and its progress will be updated at the 2014 Scientific Review Committee meeting.

The WBCS Scientific Review Committee (SRC) meets annually to review grant proposals and recommend approval and funding by the WBCS board of directors. The purpose of the SRC, in partnership with the MCW Cancer Center, is to provide oversight and focus for the funds allocated by WBCS to early-stage research from the annual Showhouse for a Cure and its supporting events.

- Read about the 2013 WBCS Independent Seed Grants



Please contact us for additional information at:

Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse
P.O. Box 170588 Milwaukee, WI 53217

Phone: (414) 297-9152
E-mail: showhouse@mcw.edu

Tax ID number: 39-1 92635 1

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