Most of us are familiar with organizations that fund breast cancer research. However, some research projects will not receive funding. This is because they aren’t investigating established concepts. These non-established research projects are often just early ideas, or “hunches,” that researchers would like to test out. If research hunches are ignored, major breakthroughs could fall through the cracks. Fortunately, Mary Beth Gadus, the founder of 100 Voices of Hope, is trying to prevent that. Her new non-profit that offers breast cancer research funding for hunches.
Gadus has been fighting breast cancer for over 27 years, having experienced four different occurrences. She gives credit to new and novel scientific discoveries for why she is still alive today, in spite of her metastatic cancer diagnosis. Her will to keep living and to help other women also live is what drove her to found 100 Voices of Hope (not to be confused with the “100 Voices of Hope” ovarian cancer awareness organization). A nonprofit organization, 100 Voices of Hope funds breast cancer research “hunches” with an emphasis on metastatic breast cancer. Perhaps any one of the hunches supported by the organization will turn into the discovery that eventually saves Gadus’ life.
Breast Cancer Research Funding for Hunches Fills a Need
Since the organization was founded in 2008, it has raised close to $1 million. Many of the projects it funds are not picked up by the large funding agencies like Susan G. Komen or the National Institutes of Health. This is because they lack the necessary preliminary data to support their research focus. However, if a hunch funded by 100 Voices of Hope turns out to be correct, it will change the field of breast cancer research by shifting the scientific community’s thinking in a new direction. Also, its recipient would immediately have access to easy research money from mainstream funding sources, as they will have the data to prove the importance of their work.
Click here to read more about Mary Beth Gadus’ own experience with breast cancer. You can also visit 100 Voice of Hope’s web page directly to read about its work and to learn how to support its cause.