From earlier.org Founder, Martha Kaley
“I thought someone was taking care of this” was a comment I heard as I was telling a person about earlier.org's mission of finding a biological method to detect breast cancer. It is an assumption that many people make for various reasons -- one of which is that many of us do not want to be responsible for one more thing.
Yet, it is obvious from the feedback we received from the researchers who were awarded earlier.org grants for 2013, that our organization is playing a critical role in forwarding their research. Letters we have received from these researchers, doctors and scientists reveal not only a true passion for their very promising work, but also a sense of desperation for this critical funding. Our job is to keep them moving forward. We are the only non-profit organization with this mission as our sole focus. Your support is so appreciated and is the opportunity to change the picture of breast cancer.
In the words of the researchers...
“On behalf of my research team, I would like to thank you most sincerely for sponsoring our research titled Non-invasive early detection of breast cancer: developing bi-specific APPI peptides and small molecule conjugates that bind to both αvβ3 integrin and MT1-MMP.
Your support will open many new scientific opportunities for my research group on the way to accomplishing our main goal, which is to promote the development of the next generation of breast cancer therapeutics, including molecular imaging agents and targeted drug delivery agents. Specifically, your contribution will enable us to develop new, multifunctional proteins with a wide variety of biomedical applications for breast cancer, ranging from imaging to therapy.
Since the main goal of this research is to translate our findings into clinical, and subsequently advanced, medical treatment, we envision that it will significantly improve breast cancer patient outcomes. Your generous contribution will help make our vision a reality.
As you are no doubt well aware, high-quality research of the type proposed by me involves considerable expense. Your sponsorship will specifically provide for hiring the professional researchers and purchasing the instruments, reagents and supplies required. Your contribution is not only a generous grant but is also an 'advertising' opportunity that will promote our breast cancer research.
Without the support of people like you, we will not be able to reach our goals. Thank you once again for your generous support of my team and research. It is truly appreciated.
We promise to keep you updated of our progress.” -- Niv Papo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
“What a heart-warming email. It is because of people like you we feel obligated to continue our daily pursue, often monotonous research, if only to extend lives of patients and improve their quality of life. The daily routines we follow painstakingly seeking a hint of positive information within the vast amount of genetic data we generate is often missed by others. The fact that earlier.org supports our work facilitates our studies and increases our chances in locating biomarkers for early detection of breast cancer. I look forward to updating you on our advancement.” -- Noam Shomron, Ph.D., Tel Aviv University
“I am truly honored to be the recipient of this year's ‘Collegiate Women Philanthropists’ Grant from your foundation. I am very grateful for having the opportunities to work on the proposed imaging project for early detection of breast cancer. My special thanks go to the two very special groups of young women in North Carolina, who have dedicated their annual philanthropy work toward foundation -- the proposed research would be impossible without the compassionate efforts and hard works of the two groups. I also want to take this opportunity to assure you that we will work diligently in accomplishing the goals of the proposed project. With the generous support from the foundation, we are confident that we will make significant progress in developing novel imaging technique for breast cancer imaging and contribute to the eradication of beast cancer.” -- Lei Xing, Ph.D., DABR, Jacob Haimson Professor & Director of Radiation Physics Division, Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University
“I am humbled and honored to receive a grant this year in the name of Neil (Maddux Miller). We are very excited about our current projects and will now have the necessary funds to take this combine Molecular breast imaging/ultrasound scanner to the next stage. I just returned from a research advisory board meeting…where we had invited breast imaging experts from all over to hear about our research. They were impressed and gave us some important advice on how best to launch this technology at centers beyond Mayo (Clinic).” – Carrie B. Hruska, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiologic Physics at Mayo Clinic
Thank you from earlier.org and the researchers who are receiving your support. You are truly changing science. -- Martha Kaley, Founder of earlier.org