Donation supports research for triple negative breast cancer

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on April 03, 2019 with No Comments

Representatives of Laini Fluellen Charities Dr. Ed Williams(left) and Diane Artis (third from left) present a $10,000 check for triple negative breast cancer research to Community Cancer Research Foundation Administrator Amber Kindt (second from left) and Foundation President Donald P. Fesko (right).

Laini Fluellen Charities, Inc. is keeping a promise to support new treatment options for triple negative breast cancer by raising funding and investing locally. Board Chair Diane Artis and Board Member Dr. Ed Williams presented a $10,000 check Feb. 26 to the Community Cancer Research Foundation in Munster.

Laini Fluellen Charities is a local volunteer organization founded in 2009 named after one-time Calumet City resident Laini Fluellen. Fluellen, a locally known star athlete at Thornwood High School in the 1980s, died at the age of 38 from triple negative breast cancer. Triple negative breast cancer is a rare aggressive form of cancer that typically affects younger women, has few treatment options, spreads quickly and has lower survival rates.

Fluellen survived two years beyond her late stage diagnosis and used that time to raise awareness and educate others about triple negative breast cancer through television and newspaper interviews.

“One year after her death, Laini Fluellen Charities was established to continue its namesakes’ key work to spread the message of the importance of early detection, diagnosis and treatment,” said Artis. “We understand firsthand how overwhelming a breast cancer diagnosis can be to both the patient and their loved ones. Our website was created to educate on the topic of triple negative breast cancer, refer patients to counselors, recommend self-exams and mammograms for early detection and raise funding for research.”

Proceeds from the charitable organization’s fundraising efforts benefit the Community Cancer Research Foundation in Munster. Work being done by the foundation advances the detection, diagnosis, treatment, education and prevention of cancer. Through the foundation’s efforts, residents have access to clinical research trials from around the globe, close to home in their own neighborhood.

“We are grateful for the continued support of Laini Fluellen Charities,” said Don Fesko, president of the Community Cancer Research Foundation board of directors. “Our mission is to bring the latest research advances in cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention to patients here in our community. This donation will assist us in those efforts, specifically for triple negative breast cancer patients.”

“Thank you to Laini Fluellen Charities for their dedication to promoting this important cause,” said Amber Kindt, administrator of the Community Cancer Research Foundation. “The foundation offers access to breast cancer research trials including triple negative breast cancer studies at our facility in Munster with six to eight open at any one time on a regular basis. This funding is truly appreciated on behalf of our patients.”

For more information about cancer care services through the hospitals of Community Healthcare System, visit COMHS.org or the Community Cancer Research Foundation, visit myccrf.com.

To find out more about triple negative breast cancer and Laini Fluellen Charities, Inc., visit lfcharities.org.



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