Nearly 450 people packed the Jackson Center last Thursday for the fifth annual Tie the Ribbons luncheon.
The event raised funds for current and future HudsonAlpha research on ovarian and breast cancer.
Debbi Nerstad, a Florence businesswoman, shared her personal experience following a 2010 ovarian cancer diagnosis. Huntsville philanthropist and investor Susy Thurber evoked tears and laughter by recounting her breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent recovery.
Neil Lamb, Ph.D., vice president of educational outreach, was the keynote speaker. He emphasized that it is an exciting time in research as personalized medicine moves into the clinic.
Lamb highlighted breast cancer research underway through a collaborative project between HudsonAlpha and UAB. The project is funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
A portion of this year's Tie the Ribbons proceeds will help fund a collaborative ovarian cancer project between physicians at Huntsville Hospital and scientists at HudsonAlpha. Participants in this new study will include women in the Huntsville community who are currently being treated for ovarian cancer.
This and other research efforts are possible through private support. We'd like to thank the following companies, foundations and individuals for sponsoring the 2013 Tie the Ribbons event: