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More cancer clinical trials available for Broward residents

Community Foundation of Broward grants expand access to potentially life-saving clinical trials and cancer treatment programs

September 30, 2022 – More Broward residents diagnosed with cancer have access to potentially life-saving clinical trials and cancer treatment programs, thanks to recent grants from the Community Foundation of Broward. More than 900 local cancer patients have participated in clinical trials thanks to the $2 million invested by the Foundation since 2016.

Community Foundation grants totaling $350,000 were recently awarded to Broward Health in collaboration with the University of Miami for early detection of gynecological cancers through expanded research partnerships, Florida International University Foundation in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Florida for individualized treatments in adults with relapsed/refractory cancers and to the Memorial Foundation for its Cancer Biospecimen Resources project in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University.

The grants are specifically focused on expanding the availability of cancer clinical trials for Broward residents. They were born out of the Community Foundation’s commitment to ‘Cancel Cancer’, which has strong support from many of the Foundation’s fundholders.

Comprehensive information on cancer clinical trials is also available on a user-friendly website from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The website includes pages on clinical trial information for patients and caregivers, steps to find a clinical trial, related publications, and availability of the NCI Cancer Information Service, including the telephone lines to call and the online chat services to consult. NCI provides accurate, current and reliable information.

Of course, cancer patients should consult with their oncologists and other physicians about all aspects of their treatment programs, including the possibility of participating in clinical cancer trials.

In addition to grants for expanded clinical trials, grants from the Community Foundation of Broward have enabled an additional 2,800 cancer patients and their families to receive cancer-related support services. New grants from the Broward Cancer Support Services Foundation were recently awarded to Gilda’s Club South Florida to provide life-saving support groups and activities to more than 200 cancer patients and their families and caregivers, and to Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation to provide emergency financial assistance to 20 low-income families with a child undergoing cancer treatment who are unable to meet basic needs.

“Expanding access for Broward residents to cancer clinical trials is a major goal of the Foundation,” said Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson. “Additionally, we want Broward residents to have easy access to cancer support services.”

For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, please email Kirk Englehardt, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Community Foundation (kenglehardt@cfbroward.org) or call 954-761-9503.

About Broward Community Foundation

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward (CFB) helps families, individuals and businesses create personalized charitable funds that have groundbreaking philanthropic impact. 473 charitable funds represent more than $212 million in assets and have distributed $119 million in grants over the past 35 years. CFB provides bold leadership on community solutions and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care about important causes – enabling visionaries, innovators and doers to create the change they want to see in the community – and BE BOLD. www.cfbroward.org.



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