One family fights breast cancer through art and fundraising
Apr 14, 2011
When Carly Abramson's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, the then 12-year-old made a key ring to cheer up her mother, according to Elle Girl.
Now, with the help of her father - a real estate executive - the Abramson's have started the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, raising more than $2 million towards breast cancer research, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.
Andrew Abramson, Carly's father and husband to Lisa, a breast cancer survivor, is collaborating with Dr. Larry Norton, the Deputy Physician-in-Chief for breast cancer programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Norton looks at "self seeding" breast cancer cells, which are aided by circulating tumor cells in order to spread tumor and cause cancer metastasis, according to Cell.
Carly was featured in Elle Girl magazine in 2009 as a real teen hero, and the college sophomore is now majoring in art, according to the WSJ.
About one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life. Regular mammograms for those over the age of 40 can detect breast cancer at their earliest onset.